Non-Resident Income Tax

Raymundo LarraĆ­n Nesbitt, December, 1. 2017

By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers
1st of December 2017


The festive season is almost upon us. Most people have their minds set in the holiday break and spending some quality time with family and friends.

Unfortunately, it is also the time of the year where Non-Resident Income Tax is due (NRIT, for short). I have written this short blog post as a gentle year-end reminder.

If you own property in Spain, and are non-resident, you are liable to pay NRIT even if you do NOT rent your property out. You have until the 31st of December to file NRIT without attracting penalties and surcharges.

On selling your property, the Spanish Tax Office will verify you are up do date paying NRIT; otherwise they will simply pocket all or part of the 3% retention a property buyer is forced to withhold on buying your property and pay it into the tax office. Losing 3% of the sales proceeds is a large amount of money for most people. Why not pre-empt this following my advice?

In order to avoid losing money on selling your property in Spain, you should hire a law firm such as ours to file this annual tax on your behalf. This annual tax in itself is actually ultra-low and acts with a purpose of ‘control’. We offer the following legal service for a flat fee:


You can contact us until the 21st of December 2017 to file and pay your Non-Resident Income Tax. Stragglers are welcome!


What happens if I rent my property out in Spain?


In addition to filing the above annual tax, you will also have to pay a quarterly tax on your Spanish rental income.

When you let your Spanish property, regardless if it is short-term (i.e. holiday home or seasonal let) or long term, you should be filing and paying a quarterly tax on your rental income to the Spanish Tax Office. This tax is collected quarterly, on the first 20 days of every January, April, July and October.

We offer the following legal service which is very competitively priced:


On average, we are able to reduce 30 to 40% of a landlord’s taxable base on applying for landlord tax relief (including non-residents, as long as you are EEA/EU-resident).

More details in my article: Renting in Spain: Non-Resident Landlord's Rental Tax Relief – 14th of January 2017

We welcome you to contact us and discuss your tax matters, so you are fully tax-compliant (and pay less taxes of course!).


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