Tax Investigations

The tax authorities in Spain are increasingly carrying out investigations and imposing fines on non-residents and foreign nationals who previously owned properties or businesses in Spain.

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) scheme introduced by the OECD has led to an increase of shared information between countries.

We are often able to contest claimed taxes outstanding. In many situations a payment plan can be negotiated on your behalf.

We offer a no-obligation assessment of your circumstances, following which, we will provide our advice and suggest the best course of action.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Spanish tax office is currently extremely active in pursuing alleged tax debts through the courts.

It is vital to appoint legal representation. Just because you are no longer in Spain does not mean that the tax office are not able to pursue the debt.

Many countries have tax treaties with Spain and increasingly share information to make collection of tax debts more straightforward.

The benefit of GB Abogados is that we are both lawyers and accountants. We can review your accounts to calculate your tax liabilities.

In this way, we can provide a thorough defence.

If there is a court judgment against you, there will be a search for bank accounts and any funds in the accounts will be claimed.

Similarly, land registry checks can be made to identify any property and an embargo to the value of the debt can be placed on the property.


If you show a willingness to cooperate and make regular payments, we can often agree a payment plan.

This will give you time to settle the debt and ensure that the instalments are affordable.

If the debts in Spain were accrued in the name of a branch entity then the tax office has the option to pursue the parent company in another country for the debt.

Investigations by the tax authority can take several months. If the case ultimately ends up in court it can be 2-3 years before coming to fruition.