Do you wish to sell or purchase a property in Spain? Who needs to pay the Real Estate Tax, the Spanish IBI, that same year?
This matter is being regulated in the Law for Local Tax Offices, which establishes that the taxable event of this tax, the ownership is of the property right, amongst others, on rural and urban properties.
In case of selling a property, the IBI, or Spanish Real Estate Tax, must be paid by whoever is the owner on January 1st of that same year in which the conveyance is taking place. The purchaser will pay the year after that. Read here more on contracting of supplies for a new construction in Spain
For purposes of this tax in Spain, rural and urban properties shall be considered in accordance with the definition that is given in the regulations of the Property Cadastre or Land Registry.
In case one and the same property is located in different municipalities, it is understood that it belongs to each one of those municipalities for the surface it occupies in each one correspondingly.
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