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Local Taxes

November 30th is the deadline for paying your local taxes here in Mallorca. If you own property here or a car, the annual impuestos become due now and your municipal town hall will have sent you a bill, along with the charges for rubbish collection and other municipal services. If you don’t make the deadline there is an extended deadline until December 31st but you will be billed a surcharge of 5 or 10 %. If you pay later than that there will be a surcharge of 20 %, at least here in Felanitx where I live. Both taxes are due whether you actually reside here or not.

There are national taxes as well, such as income tax and wealth tax, but they are not due until May or June of next year. Both taxes are due if you own property in Spain and again, are due whether you reside in Spain or not.

The municipal property tax/council tax is set by the ayuntamiento (municipal authorities) and usually ranges between 0.5 % and 1 %, varying from pueblo to pueblo. Of course you can pay your dues by bank transfer but many Mallorcans prefer to visit their local Agencia Tributária and settle their bills in cash. Old habits die hard. When I went to the tax office yesterday in Felanitx, there must have been a queue of some 50 or 60 people. I was the only extranjero there, in my opinion, except for one Moroccan (or Arab) man who arrived an hour after I had. I reckon that many foreigners shy away from turning up in person at the tax office or the town hall for reasons to do with the language barrier. It is really a great shame that so many foreigners are so little willing to participate in matters of daily life, such as taxes or other administrative affairs, here in Mallorca.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: November 27th, 2009. The time was 12:44:01.

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  1. Hi,
    First of all, may we say that we thoroughly enjoy your blog. Not only are the photographs interesting, you provide a great deal of information about daily life in one of the places that we hope to retire.
    In today’s entry you mention the nationally imposted wealth tax; we were under the impression that the Spanish government had abolished the wealth tax. Are we mistaken?
    The Albans

  2. hi,
    thank you for your compliments.
    I was only referring to property in Spain, not to a wider range of taxation aspects. I am not a tax expert. For taxation queries please consult an ‘Asesor Fiscal’.
    The ‘Impuesto sobre el Patrimonio’ tax rate ranges from 0.2 % to 2.5 % of the value of the Spanish property every year. For residents there is a tax exemption for the first € 108,182. The tax exemption increases to the first € 150,253 if the property is a primary residence. Yes, since 2008 there is a ‘bonificación’ of 100 % of this ‘ISP’ tax, rendering the tax obligation at zero. But you still have to declare this tax and your property in your annual Spanish tax return.

  3. Mallorca Photoblog has been a recent discovery and now is a regular read of ours often proving a useful and entertaining source of information about living here … Enhorabona!
    A (German) neighbour of ours in Binibona has just brought round an article published in Mallorca Zeitung on 12th November informing its readers that we have until January 1st 2010 to fit an “Interruptor de control de potencia” in the Gesa-Endesa meter box or we will incur a fine of 30 Euros a month! It seems rather high handed to me, but would not surprise me…. Do you know anything about this? I hesitated before asking you, but none of our Mallorquin neighbours seem to be aware of it.

    • yes, phbinibona, you will need to ask your electrician to install an icp fuse switch in your gesa meter box. depending on where you live you may already have one and not know it. if not, it will cost you about 40 € plus the man hour to have it installed. there’s nothing that you can do about it, i am afraid. but it will save you money in the long run as you would avoid the excessive charge of 30 € per month.

      • Moltes gracies – I´ll be on to the electrician tomorrow to get it organised! Look forward to the next slice of life in Mallorca Daily Photo Blog.

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