SPAIN IS DIFFERENT
We are happy to provide you with information about VAT rates, specific VAT tax returns, international VAT offset and VAT reverse charge in Spain.
Spain is different
Although Spain belongs to the European Union, Spain has its own type of VAT tax return models, duties, declaration periods and deadlines and specific information requiered by the tax authorities to reduce fraud.
Spain has a high level of tax fraud, specially VAT fraud. If the tax authorities detect irregularities they will apply an inspection.
The Spanish tax authorities are known for their unreasonable and even ‘conflictive’ attitude (European study Deloitte). During tax inspections they will not be open for you arguments. If you want to argue, you have to go to the court. It is common that you have to wait several years to get your right.
For companies from other EU members this might be an unpleasant surprise. Our advise to our clients is to comply as strict as possible the Spanish legislation and deadlines.
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