I bought a property cheap from the vendor, as there were no agent fees. Can the taxman demand more tax?
Antonio Flores Vila
6th of February 2001
Q. Congratulations on an excellent and very interesting website.
Having read all of your archive questions a number refer to additional
demands for tax on the purchase price being made sometime after a property has been bought. Last year I bought a rustic property privately - not through an estate agent - from someone (a Spanish resident) who was know to friends of mine. The correct price was declared but I did obtain it a very good price as the seller saved on agents fees and I was able to buy very quickly. The correct tax was paid.
Is it now possible that I could receive a demand for additional tax if
the Authorities think the price I paid was too low? If so how long is
it likely to be before that happens? 6 months - a year or is there no
time limit? Is there a point when I can assume that I will not receive
a further demand?
A. We are glad you found the information on the web page interesting and
With regards to your questions, I let you know the following:
You could receive a demand for addittional tax if the authorities
thought the price declared in the deeds was to low. However, I doubt
that will happen as you have purchased rustic land, which is usually
difficult to give a price to. In addittion to that, I doubt the
relevant tax authority will have a listed assessed value of that
However, the Tax man, especially in Spain, is unpredictable in its
conclusions and they could demand further tax for the ŽunpaidŽ amount.
The time limit for this to happen is 4 years, which is a prescription
period. After that, the taxman has lost the possibility to charge,
unless the period was broken by a notification.
It is normal to receive a further demand for tax between 1 year and
1,5 years after the purchase. This however may vary from place to place,
as the 6% tax you must have paid (for rustic property) is dealt with by
the regional tax authority.
Always remember that the decision made by the taxman is not necessarily
the correct one and that you are able to challenge it legally.