Several weeks ago, we commented on the Spanish Government’s recently proposal to introduce a Solidarity Wealth Tax.
However, this article considers new wealth tax proposals – in respect of the Net Wealth Tax and the Solidarity Wealth Tax - for non-Spanish-tax-resident individuals who hold Spanish real estate through one or multiple non-Spanish-resident entities.
What is the proposal?
It is envisaged that non-Spanish-tax-resident individuals would be subject to the Net Wealth Tax (“NWT”) when they hold shares in an unlisted entity. This would be where “at least 50% of its assets are directly or indirectly made up of real estate located in Spain”.
These new proposals would replace the current domestic provisions which historically have required non-resident individuals to pay NWT in circumstances where they directly own real estate only.
Additionally, the Spanish Government plans to bring in the Solidarity Tax (“ST”) to supplement the regional NWT. The ST will be calculated and assessed at the federal level.
The ST will be levied on non-Spanish-tax-resident individuals with a net wealth in Spain of at least EUR 3 million. It should be noted that this will include any interests in non-resident entities that own Spanish real estate
The NWT can be credited against any ST liability.
Commencement of new Spanish Net Wealth Tax and Solidarity Wealth Tax
It is expected that these measures will be passed before the end of 2022.
If the new legislation is published prior to the end of 2022, then both would apply to indirect holdings of Spanish real estate held on 31 December 2022.
It is currently expected that both would have to be paid in June or July of the following year.
If you have any queries about the Spanish Net Wealth Tax or Solidarity Wealth Tax, or Spanish tax matters in general, then please do get in touch.
The content of this article is provided for educational and information purposes only. It is not intended, and should not be construed, as tax or legal advice. We recommend you seek formal tax and legal advice before taking, or refraining from, any action based on the contents of this article.