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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer – Abogado
11th of February 2019
In order to claim lenient landlord tax relief from the Spanish Tax Office that leads to a 70% tax mitigation from your tax bill on renting out, your VAT invoice must meet a series of requirements. In Spanish a VAT invoice is called a factura. Many suppliers will be highly reluctant to issue you with one (because they work off the books and do not submit any taxes). Others will hand you a factura just to keep you happy, but it will be missing key elements which make them void i.e. VAT is missing (true case, see examples below). A VAT invoice that misses out on key elements cannot be claimed for tax relief purposes.
By law, you must store all VAT invoices on which you are claiming landlord tax relief over the next 5 years. This is in case you are landed with a tax inspection, where you will be required to produce copies of all VAT invoices you have claimed tax relief on.
Anyone handing you an invoice without VAT is not tax-deductible. Make no mistake, you are in fact paying for that other person’s tax when you are not handed over a VAT invoice. I don't know about you, but I've never fancied subsidizing other people's taxes...
Today's tax blog is going to briefly go over the key elements which constitute a proper VAT invoice (factura).
The Spanish Tax Office lists these requirements in much detail on its web page. In this blog, we are going to simplify and only outline the main points that are required (see the blog’s inset photo, right, as graphical support):
Invoice examples, spot the differences!
The Spanish Tax Office only accepts you claim tax relief against proper VAT invoices. If the VAT invoice you have been handed does not meet all the above requirements, it will not be accepted, and we will not be able to claim tax relief on your behalf.
We gently remind you that till tickets from supermarkets, commercial centres and petrol stations are not accepted by the tax office as tax-deductible. Only proper VAT invoices such as the one featured above.
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