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How to see if you have any notifications from the Spanish tax office

The Spanish tax system can seem a little daunting, but one way to simplify things and keep your mind at ease is to stay on top of your online notifications from the tax office. Here's how to do it online.

How to see if you have any notifications from the Spanish tax office
If you're registered as a tax payer in Spain, you'll be able to check any notifications and obligations you have from them online. Photo: Pixabay.

Spanish administration is, to say the least, a little laborious. Infamous for its longwinded, time-consuming processes and systems, even completing the most rudimentary of administrative tasks can become an ordeal and take an entire morning or afternoon as you head between the town hall (ayuntamiento) and bank and police station, and probably back again.

The Spanish tax system is no different, and the various rules and regulations can be particularly confusing. If you’re new in Spain or don’t speak the language, registering yourself, paying taxes and keeping on top of all the various documents and deadlines can be a bit daunting. 

READ ALSO: Will you pay more under Spain’s new social security rates for self-employed?

Many people choose to get a ‘gestor‘, which is like an all-in-one accountant and financial advisor that should, in theory, arrange everything for you. This is particularly common among self-employed people in Spain, as the tax system is even more convoluted for autónomos, as they’re known in Spanish.

They are the first port of call in Spain for the endless bureaucratic processes that come with anything official here; intermediaries between you and the often-complicated government departments.

READ ALSO: What does a ‘gestor’ do in Spain and why you’ll need one

Despite the complicated system of tax returns, fortunately, Spain’s tax office also has a safety net to help you keep on top of your tax obligations. 

Even if you have a gestor, they could miss something and it’s a good idea to be able to check your own notifications. 

 f you’re registered as a taxpayer in Spain, you’ll be able to check any notifications and obligations you have from them online.

Here’s how to do it.

How to see if you have any notifications from the tax office in Spain

  1. The first step is going to the tax office website, which you can access here. From there, you need to click on the ‘Todas las gestiones‘ button at the right of the blue banner at the top of the page.

2. Once you’ve done that you’ll see another page that looks like the one below. From there: click ‘otros servicios‘, which is the option at the bottom of the page.

3. Next, you click on ‘Notificaciones,’ which is halfway down the menu.

READ ALSO: Spanish tax returns: A handy guide for foreigners

4. That will take you to the following screen, where you need to click ‘Consulta de notificaciones y comunicaciones.’

5. You’ll then be prompted to log-in, so you can check your notifications, on a screen like the one below. You can do this with your NIE, digital certificate or [email protected] PIN.

A digital certificate is a piece of software in Spain that you can download on your computer, allowing you to identify yourself during administrative processes. Spain is notorious for its overly laborious bureaucratic systems, but the digital certificate can save you a lot of hassle and allow you to complete many processes online, without having to go in person to the various offices and agencies.

READ MORE: What are the fines and prison sentences for tax evasion in Spain?

If you haven’t got a digital certificate, you can find out how to get one here.

READ ALSO: Access all areas: how to get a digital certificate in Spain to aid online processes

6. Once you’ve done that and logged in, you’ll be taken to the following screen, which is like a sort of notification inbox. Any unread or outstanding notifications or messages you’ve got from the tax office will be in there, and you’re able to search for past documents by number, name, type, date, and whether or not you’ve read them before.

Or, alternatively, once you’re logged in with the digital certificate, you’ll be able to see if you have any unread notifications from the little blue button with your name that shows in the top right-hand corner of the page.

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Spain’s deputy PM proposes freezing mortgage rates

Yolanda Díaz, Spain's Deputy Prime Minister and Labour Minister, has called for a freeze on variable mortgage rates amid news that Spain's biggest banks have enjoyed a bumper year of record profits.

Spain's deputy PM proposes freezing mortgage rates

Yolanda Díaz, Spain’s Labour Minister and the ideological force behind sweeping labour market reforms, has called for a freeze on variable rate mortgages following news that some of Spain’s biggest banks reported billions in record profits last year.

On Wednesday, BBVA reported a 2022 profit of €6.4 billion, the largest profit in its history. Driving this profit, the bank’s interest margin grew by a whopping 30.4 percent, commission income by 12.3 percent, and loans by 13.3 percent.

Banco Santander posted an annual net profit of €9.6 billion, up 18 percent from 2021 and higher than forecasted by analysts polled by financial data firm FactSet.

READ ALSO: Banco Santander posts record profit as rates rise

Given these record-breaking profits, especially against the backdrop of a prolonged cost of living and inflationary crisis in Spain, Díaz has said the government must act decisively to “freeze mortgages” and “moderate profits.”

“The crisis cannot be an excuse to earn more,” she said, adding that the rise in the Euribor rate is “very serious”, with the average increase (estimated to be €258 per month) “impossible to bear” for normal Spaniards.

Euribor is the interest rate most often used to work out mortgage payments and calculate both variable and fixed rates.

READ ALSO: What the Euribor rise means for property buyers and owners in Spain

It is anchored to the interest rate set by the European Central Bank (ECB), and, as we are now seeing, quite responsive to global economic events. By the end of January, the rate had risen to almost 3.4 percent, the highest level since December 2008.

“While the rise of the Euribor will increase the average mortgage payment by €250 per month, BBVA’s profits grow by 38 percent to reach €6.4 billion, the largest in its history. The crisis cannot be an excuse to earn more. Freeze mortgages, moderate profits,” Díaz wrote on Twitter on Wednesday January 31st.

Banks respond

Unsurprisingly, Spanish banks are not exactly keen on Díaz’s idea. BBVA President, Carlos Torres, said “I trust what will happen is that the benefits of a market economy continue to be defended”. 

Torres also tried to remind people of the “negative years” that BBVA has endured, with “many billions of negatives”. 

It remains to be seen how persuasive Spaniards or the Spanish government find this comparison, or whether Díaz’s Twitter idea will translate into policy.

Windfall tax

Díaz’s call for a mortgage rate freeze is in line with the Spanish government’s approach to the excess profits of banks and energy companies. In July, the Spanish government introduced a temporary windfall tax on excess profits in order to fund some of the extraordinary measures it was implementing to help the most vulnerable in Spanish society deal with the cost of living crisis.

The government in July introduced a draft bill to slap a temporary 4.8 percent charge on banks’ net interest income and net commissions in 2023 and 2024 to fund measures to ease cost-of-living pressures. Between the new taxes on banks and energy companies, they should generate around €7.0 billion for the state coffers in 2023 and 2024. 

However, in November the ECB published a non-binding legal opinion that suggested Madrid undertake a “thorough analysis of potential negative consequences for the banking sector” of the tax.

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