Spanish Capital Gains Tax Raise to 19% Goes Unnoticed
Spain’s Government has raised Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for both residents and non-residents to 19% as from the 1st of January 2010, which effectively means any property sold on as from the said date will attract CGT at 19%. This tax change seems to have gone blissfully unnoticed by the majority of people, or this is what you realise when you read what the so-called experts write on the many different expat forums available.
After a protracted process grounded on discrimination, the European Commission forced Spain to equate the Capital Gains Tax for both residents and non-residents alike leaving it at 18% as from the 1st of January 2007. Previously it stood at 35% for non-residents and 15% for residents.
This new tweak is related to Spain’s widespread efforts to prop up its dwindling coffers in view of its beleaguered Economy. This policy of increasing taxes in the aftermath of a property bubble has come under heavy criticism by reputed financial experts and may even hamper an early recovery as well as possibly incentivizing under declaring.
The following table sums up CGT amendments over the last years:
|Until the 31-12-2006||2007-2009||As from 01-01-2010|
For those who are still sceptical, and doubt wether this is true or not, I refer you to the official Modelo 212 instructions (http://www NULL.agenciatributaria NULL.es/AEAT/Contenidos_Comunes/La_Agencia_Tributaria/Modelos_y_formularios/Declaraciones/Modelos_200_al_299/212/Instrucciones/instr_mod212 NULL.pdf) (PDF – Spanish) for further confirmation.
Related article: Taxes when Selling Spanish Property (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.com/articles/showArticle/taxes-when-selling-spanish-property) – 2nd May 2002