Agosto 2011 - actualizado Septiembre 2011 General

The Spanish Government“s Development Minister, José Blanco has reduced the tax (IVA) on all new properties from 8% to 4% effective immediately.

This temporary reduction will run until the end of 2011 and will stimulate sales on new property and boost the Spanish economy.

With the ongoing financial crisis hitting Spain hard, the Government has taken a leap to boost the sales of new homes throughout the country. The real estate sector has been struggling in Spain since its peak in 2007 and the banks’ exposure to loans have forced many to offer properties at huge discounts with 100% mortgages. Potential buyers were only asked to cover the taxes and costs which amounted to a total of around 12%. Now with the IVA (equilavent of VAT in the UK) slashed in half, this will come as a huge bonus to potential property purchasers.

The Spanish Government has made this move to further protect the banks and ‘cajas’ who have come up against liquidity issues and an over-stocked portfolio of repossessed real estate which remained unsold from when constructors and developers went out of business.

The last 4 months of the year will be a crucial time and should encourage an influx of buyers looking for already heavily-reduced properties now with tax breaks.

Buyer beware though, as a bank repossession is classed as a pre-owned property by the tax man, and, consequently, the tax to be paid is 8%

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