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Are Taxes Higher in Spain?

Whether taxes are higher in Spain compared to other countries largely depends on individual circumstances and the specific types of tax being considered. Here’s a general comparison using the UK as a reference:

  1. Income Tax: Spain uses a progressive income tax system similar to the UK, ranging from 19% to 47%. The UK rates are between 20% and 45%. The highest tax rate applies to a lower income level in Spain than in the UK, so higher earners might pay more income tax in Spain.
  2. Wealth Tax: Spain has a wealth tax that can apply to worldwide assets for residents, with rates ranging from 0.2% to 2.5% (beyond an individual exemption of €700,000 and a €300,000 allowance on the main home for residents). The UK does not have a comparable wealth tax.
  3. Inheritance Tax: Spain’s inheritance tax is applied to each beneficiary, with rates ranging from 7.65% to 34%. In contrast, the UK applies a flat 40% rate to the value of an estate above a certain threshold, after allowances. However, the effective rate in Spain can vary widely due to personal circumstances and regional rules.
  4. Value Added Tax (VAT): The standard VAT rate in Spain is 21%. In the UK, the standard VAT rate is 20%.
  5. Property Taxes: Both Spain and the UK impose taxes related to property ownership, though the specific tax rates and methods of calculation can differ.
  6. Capital Gains Tax: Spain’s rates range from 19% to 26% on capital gains, while in the UK, it’s between 10% and 20% for most assets and 18% to 28% for residential property.

Given the complexities of tax systems and variations based on individual circumstances, it’s essential to seek professional advice for accurate comparisons and planning. At Chorus Financial, we specialize in financial advice for British expats, and we’re well-versed in both Spanish and UK tax systems. For any questions or assistance, feel free to contact us.


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