Advisors detect an increase in taxpayers who want to leave Spain for tax reasons

bruno perezMadrid Updated: 06/09/2022 16:18h

Taxpayers' queries to tax advisory professionals regarding the possibility of moving their residence to another country or to another autonomous community in search of a more favorable tax environment are increasing. This is confirmed by the last barometer carried out among its associates by the Registry of Tax Advisors. The report 'The opinion of tax advisor economists on our tax system' reveals that two out of three advisors have detected an increase in queries from their clients interested in a
possible change of residence abroad
and the percentage is even higher when what is asked is if they have received any query regarding the possibilities of moving their residence to another autonomous community.

When looking for the reasons, the one that appears as the most common is the difference in tax burdens between some territories and others, especially within Spain. Most tax advisers believe that the current differences in taxation between some autonomous communities and others are unsustainable in the medium and long term. But they also influence
other factors such as the high tax burden
the complexity of the tax system and the harshness of the tax authorities, especially by the Treasury Inspectorate.

The interest of taxpayers in exploring the advantages of changing residence is, however, directly proportional to their lack of knowledge of the necessary requirements to do so. A majority of the tax advisory professionals consulted by Reaf admit that these changes of residence would be fictitious, that is, they would not meet the requirements established by the tax regulations in order to be considered a tax resident in the new place of residence.

“In these cases, it is up to us to warn our clients about fictitious changes of residence and about the consequences they may have for them,” said Agustín Fernández, president of the Registry of Tax Advisors, on Thursday. "The Treasury has the necessary instruments to detect this type of fictitious displacement and if taxpayers do so without complying with the requirements established by law, it is very likely that the Treasury will discover it."

They question the fiscal policy of the Government

Professionals also comment on the measures adopted by the Government to cushion the impact of inflation on citizens. 73% disagree or strongly disagree with the tax reductions approved to reduce electricity bills - reduction of the VAT rate from 21% to 10%, suspension of the tax on the value of electricity production and reduction to minimum of the special tax on electricity - and 82% against the bonus of 20 cents on a liter of fuel as a measure to mitigate the negative effects of the energy crisis on the pockets of the Spanish.

On the other hand, they are overwhelmingly in favor of updating taxes with inflation, in line with the deflation of the personal income tax rate that the opposition, experts and institutions such as the Bank of Spain claim to
mitigate the loss of purchasing power of taxpayers
with measured and low rents as a result of inflation.

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