Frequently Asked Questions
What is the IBI tax and who is it payable to?
The “IBI” stands for Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles, or Property Tax. Due on all property registered at the Land Registry, the amount payable varies depending on the location and value of the property in question. IBI is an annual tax and is payable to your local town hall. If your property is furnished and supplied with water and electricity, you will be liable for this tax even if you only use the property occasionally.
When I buy a property in Spain, do I need to make a Spanish will?
Although it’s not obligatory, it’s always a good idea to draw up a Spanish will to cover your assets in Spain as it will make things easier and much less complicated in the event of your death. In the case of any previous marriages, especially if there are children and step-children, then it becomes even more important.
Can I import my UK-registered car into Spain?
Yes, of course. Imported vehicles owned for more than six months prior to the owner becoming resident in Spain are not subject to import duty, provided that VAT (IVA) was paid in the EU country in which it was purchased. Once you’re here, you can use your car for a period of six months before having to re-register it in Spain. A registration tax, based on engine capacity, is due on all cars and should be paid at the local tax office (Agencía Tributaria).
What is a Certificado de Empadronamiento, and do I need to have one?
The Empadronamiento is a municipal register or census list and registering on it is obligatory if you are going to spend more than six months a year in Spain. Registration verifies your presence in Spain and means that you are considered to be an official member of the community. There are many benefits associated with having a Certificado de Empadronamiento. For example, you may be eligible for discounts on the IBI tax. It may also be required if you want to buy or sell a car, apply for residency, apply for a NIE (Número de identificación de Extranjeros), get married, register a child in school… and so on.
If I live in Spain, can I vote in local elections?
Yes, EU citizens living in Spain are eligible to vote – or stand as a candidate – in local and European elections, so long as they are registered on the Empadronamiento.