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What are the consequences of filing your Spanish tax return late?


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Filing your Spanish tax return late can have serious consequences. Depending on the amount of taxes owed, you may be subject to fines and interest charges. In addition, if you fail to file your taxes for more than two years, the Spanish government can take legal action against you. This could include a criminal investigation or even jail time in some cases. Furthermore, if you are found guilty of tax evasion, it could lead to a permanent ban from entering Spain and other Schengen countries. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your Spanish tax returns are filed on time each year.

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To add some numbers: penalty charge usually is a percentage of outstanding tax due, the rate depends on how late you are with payment. Last year the % were the following:

Up to 3 months - 5% of any tax due

Between 3-6 months - 10%

Between 6-12 months - 15%

More than 12 months - 20% + Interest

If you forget to submit your tax return and NO tax is due, the fine is €100 or €200 if the Agencia Tributaria has previously requested you to file a return. The maximum percentage is 150% plus a fine and interest.


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