Discover All About the Non-Residents Tax

In the fascinating and sometimes confusing world of property law, it’s crucial to understand the taxes that may be involved, especially for those who do not reside in the country where the property is located. One of the most important taxes in this context is the Non-Residents Tax. In this article, we’re going to explore what it is, how it works, and what you need to know to ensure you’re meeting your tax obligations effectively.

What is the Non-Residents Tax?

The Non-Residents Tax is a tax applied to individuals who are not tax residents in the country where the property is located. This tax is particularly relevant for those who own property in Spain but do not reside in the country permanently.

Who Should Pay the Non-Residents Tax?

In general, the tax applies to individuals or legal entities that own real estate in Spain but do not permanently reside in the country. If you own property in Spain but do not reside there, you will likely need to pay this tax.

How is the Non-Residents Tax Calculated?

The tax is calculated based on the cadastral value of the property. The cadastral value is the value that the tax authorities assign to a property for tax purposes and is usually considerably lower than the market value of the property.

The tax rate applied to this cadastral value is 24% for non-residents of the European Union and 19% for residents of the EU, provided there is no treaty between Spain and the country of residence that stipulates a different rate.

How and When is the Non-Residents Tax Paid?

The tax is paid annually and is filed with the Spanish Tax Agency. The deadline for filing the return and paying the tax is from January 1st to December 31st of the following year.

What Happens If the Non-Residents Tax is Not Paid?

Failure to comply with tax obligations can result in fines and surcharges, so it is essential to comply with this tax. The Tax Agency may impose fines and surcharges for late payments, which could result in significant additional costs.


The Non-Residents Tax is a fundamental aspect of property law in Spain for those who do not reside in the country but own real estate here. It’s essential to understand how it works and what your tax obligations are to avoid penalties and surcharges. If you need help understanding your tax obligations in Spain or any other aspect related to property law, feel free to get in touch with our law firm.

  • Categories
  • Testimonials

    Paula has given me great service and I have no regrets dealing with her. I also have no doubts in recommending her to anyone who is looking to use her services.

    Mr. Govender , Singapore