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.