Under the pressure of the European Union and the International Monetary Funds, VAT rates in Spain are to be increased from 1st September 2012.
In Spain, the Value Added Tax, more commonly known as VAT, is charged directly to the consumer when purchasing new product. There are three different rates of VAT in Spain: the standard rate, reduced rate and super-reduced rate.… Continue reading
The Value Added Tax (VAT) is a general consumption tax assessed on the value added to a good or service.
This tax affects the final price of the product or service and is payable by the final consumer. The tax is then paid by the consumer as part of the product price, collected by the selling company, and then refunded to the State. The VAT payment is different whether the trading exchange occurs within the European Union or between a member of the EU and a non-member State.
We consider as distance sales all the sales taking place without the simultaneous physical presence of the buyer and the seller. When carrying out a trading exchange, the offer is transmitted from the seller to the buyer, who may accept is by any means of distance communication. Within Europe, distance selling occurs when a member of the EU, holding a valid VAT number, trades with another member without a VAT registered number.
In order to start a business in Spain you have to get a CIF (Código de Identificación Fiscal). This number is the tax identification number of your company; it is the Spanish equivalent of the VAT.
This number enables you to undertake economic and business activities in Spain and throughout Europe.
You are not obliged to include VAT on customer bills for a company which is established in the European Union, and conversely, they will not charge you if you are registered in the VAT register (VIDAS census).… Continue reading