If you work on a yacht that is based in Spain you maybe liable to pay tax on your income and this will need to be declared in a tax return. If you are not a Spanish resident then you have the option to only pay tax on income derived in Spain. However those who are resident will owe tax on their worldwide income as well. If you are unsure of your residency status please take the test on the link below:
Spanish Tax Authority
The Spanish tax authority is called the Agencia Tributaria. Tax is calculated on a progressive scale for Spanish residents and deductions can be applied. Non-residents only pay tax on Spanish sourced income, which is often taxed at a flat rate.
The Spanish tax year is based on the calendar year and runs from 1st January – 31st December. Spain has 17 regions each setting their own tax rates and liabilities.
Registering for Tax in Spain
If you wish to start paying tax in Spain you will need to obtain an NIE number. You can obtain one of these from the Local Foreigner’s Office (Oficiana de Extranjeros) or Police Station. A Modelo 30 must also be completed to register your obligation to pay Spanish tax.
Resident Tax Returns
Spanish residents are required to submit an annual tax return if they meet one or more of the below items:
i.Annual income from employment is greater than EUR 22,000;
ii.Self-employed or run your own business;
iii.Receive rental income greater than EUR 1,000 a year;
iv.Capital gains and savings income of more than EUR 1,600 a year;
v.Your first year declaring tax residency in Spain.
Declaring Foreign Assets
You are required by law to declare all foreign assets/ holdings in excess of €50,000, in Modelo 720 form.
Non- Resident Tax Returns
If you are a non-resident of Spain, but have Spanish sourced income such as rent. This needs to be declared in an annual tax return and will be taxed at a flat rate.
Double Taxation Agreements
Spain is part of the OECD and has Double Taxation Agreements with all members. Double Taxation Agreements are put in place to ensure that you will not be taxed in two jurisdictions at the same time.
Taxation Rates 2017
Spanish taxation rates are not uniform and change depending on the region. Below is a table of average Spanish tax rates:
Autonomo (Self Employed)
Depending on the type of yacht you work on whether it is Spanish Flag or Foreign Flag you may need to register under Autonomo. Below is a breakdown of how taxation rates work under this scheme:
-VAT (IVA) is charged from day one of trading at 21% to all EU Clients
-IRPF (Income Tax) is charged at 15% to B2B or 20% B2C Clients
-Social Security; 1st Year €50 per month, 2nd Year €138 per month & 3rd Year €193 per month.
Spanish residents are granted a basic personal allowance, which is set at EUR 5,550, or EUR 6,700 from age 65 and EUR 8,100 from age 75.
Those who have children under 25 living with them, earning an income of less than EUR 8,000, can claim an additional allowance of:
In general, you can claim tax deductions in Spain for:
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