VAT Spain rates and returns

Important: "Real time"

Real time VAT obligations

VAT Spain

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VAT Spain General

VAT must be paid by SMEs on a quarterly basis in Spain and by the large company on a monthly basis. First we let you know about real time obligations.

VAT Spain Real Time

Spain has introduced in July 2017 a system of almost “real-time” delivery of VAT information. This system is relevant for the following companies that have to file a VAT return every month.

  1. Companies registered in the Register of monthly VAT returns (REDEME).
  2. Companies that have invoiced > 6.000.000 euros the previous  year.
  3. Companies unified in tax units

VAT Spain Recovery

Recovery can be standard (under the ‘regular regime’) only in January. Usually the VAT is refunded after about five months or a message is received that an inspection will take place.


Companies can request the tax authorities to qualify for a special regime (also known as the export regime) which must be filed monthly, but which also means that VAT can be reclaimed monthly.

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