If you are thinking of moving to Spain or you are already there, you are probably considering owning a car or a house. The first thing you need to know is the car taxes in Spain and property taxes. In this article we give you all the information you need to pay them correctly and avoid problems in the future.
Road and Car Taxes in Spain
You must pay the Road Tax whenever you own any motor vehicle (cars, motorcycles, mopeds, buses, lorries, tractor, trailers and semi-trailers pulled by other vehicles) before using it on a public road, regardless of category or class.
Who must pay the road tax?
It must be paid by any person who owns a vehicle. Usually, every January 1st and either if it is a natural or legal person, as is started in the Registration Certificate.
Don´t forget that any person, company or organization whose name features on the vehicle registration certificate issued by the Provincial Traffic Headquarters is considered an owner.
Where is the road tax paid?
You can afford your Road Tax at the City Council or Town Hall where you live, by transfer or making a deposit at the bank.
Is the car tax the same throughout Spain?
The price of the tax depends on the municipality in which you live, but always taking into account the national base rates. Because of that, in Soria, Jaén, Badajoz, Palencia or Pontevedra the tax is cheaper than in Barcelona, Valencia or Madrid.
In spite of the City Council decision, your tax will also depend on the model and power of your vehicle.
What happens if I do not pay the road tax?
In that case, you will receive a notification with the corresponding surcharge. And if you still don´t pay, the City Council will seize you your bank account.
You should take into account that you may face a fine of up to 500 euros or even seizure of your vehicle.
What types of vehicles are exempt from paying the road tax?
Vehicles that are exempt from paying road tax are:
Each vehicle with less than 120 g of CO2 emissions per km.
Vehicles belonging to the government, diplomatic delegations, and those performing tasks of security and defense.
Buses that are used as public transportation with more than nine seats, and ambulances.
Tractors, trailers, and vehicles with similar characteristics that have the distinction of agrarian primer.
Also, people with reduced mobility that have the accreditation of disability and are owners of the vehicle, are exempt from paying road tax.
In addition, there are vehicles that qualify for tax rebates:
Electric or zero-emission vehicles (75% throughout the life of the vehicle).
Hybrid vehicles (75% during the first six years from the date of registration).
Gas or mixed vehicles (75% reduction).
Vehicles registered in Ceuta or Melilla (50% when paying your IVTM).
Motorhomes (30% of the taxable base of this tax).
Large capacity vehicles (50% reduction).
Cars over 25 years old or historic cars. (A minimum of 75% discount).
Caser Expat Car Insurances
Now that we have given you all the information about the road tax, maybe you will be interested in our car insurances:
Our Basic Third-Party insurance is the most basic insurance you legally need to be able to drive safely in Spain. It includes civil and voluntary liability, covers personal injury and travel assistance, among other things.
Our extended third-party insurance, is the most complete third-party insurance with windscreen coverage and theft, as well as legal defence and fire.
We also offer comprehensive insurance, which will be the maximum protection for you and your vehicle.
All of them include the new Caser Autohelp. Click here and discover what it is and find the insurance that best suits you.
And if you want to calculate the price of your car insurance, here is a direct link to our rate calculator: Get a quote.
Property Taxes in Spain
What is the property tax?
The property tax is a tax that burdens the possession or ownership of property. We understand as a property: houses, plots of land, farms, and elements that have been built on the ground that cannot be moved from the location. So, if you are considering buying a house, we’re sure this will interest you.
Who has to pay the property taxes in Spain?
The tax has to be paid by the owners and holders of the property. An owner has the obligation to pay a fee. Holders of administrative concessions on real estate or under the public services are also required to pay the tax.
Caser Expat Home Insurance
Something as important as your home, must be protected against any type of situation. So, don´t forget that a good home insurance policy can prevent misfortunes.
In Caser Expat Insurance, we have only one goal: make your life easier. Because of that, we strive every day to offer you the best insurance so that you can take care of what matters most to you.
Our Home Insurance looks after you and your loved ones, and it offers things as telephone assistance with 24h English-speaking, cover for accidental damage to property like water damage or a free home handyman and computer help. But it doesn’t end at home, this insurance includes travel assistance too and covers these services:
Medical, pharmaceutical and hospitalization expenses.
Emergency dental costs.
Enforced extension to a stay due to medical prescription.
Transport and accommodation costs for a companion.
Relocation or repatriation of sick injured party.
Repatriation of deceased injured party.
Relocation or repatriation of children.
Delivery of medicines.
Early return due to death, accident or illness of a family member.
Early return due to a domestic or industrial accident.
Compensation for total or partial loss, theft or destruction of checked baggage.
Learn everything about all our services here. You can also get a quick quote for your new home insurance by accessing our simulator and providing us with some information about your property.
We hope this article about car taxes and property taxes in Spain has solved all your doubts.
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