- October 23, 2007 at 5:47 pm #53423
How long does it generally take to get the 3% retention tax back for a non-resident selling a property. Our solicitor has said up to 1 year and sometimes not at all…
Any info is greatly appreciated.
- October 23, 2007 at 9:55 pm #75775
Your lawyer is not far out.
- October 25, 2007 at 8:21 am #75824
That is of course if you are due to a refund, but yes it can take a long time, I beleieve that after six months any refund due will attract interest!!
- October 26, 2007 at 3:17 pm #75874
The one and only time my poor secretary undertook to handle a sale conveyancing (at owners request and to provide insight as to how the system works) it took just after 6 months to get the guy his refund. He was UK non resident and Hacienda were called weekly by my girl until they responded.
Ensure you keep your bank account open as its an utomatic transfer and this is where people go wrong. They close the account that is given to the tax office so when they try to send it back, its returned! This also happened to our guy and eventually after another couple of months it was sorted!
We had power of attorney to deal with it luckily!
- October 26, 2007 at 5:31 pm #75883
i was due money back from tax paid on property and it took about 16 months to have it returned. We were advised not to keep phoning them every few weeks to check up on it as we were told that they could get very annoyed and then thay may be liable to “lose ” the paperwork.
Eventually thanks to our solicitor who was very good we got it back .
It was deposited automatically into our bank account, we had given them the bank details at the time of the request and it was sent directly into the bank.
There are some honest people after all !!!
- October 28, 2007 at 5:11 pm #75904
Thanks everyone, all sounds very familiar.
- October 31, 2007 at 11:43 am #75990
Can one of our resident lawyers just confirm something for me?
Is it 3% or 5% which is retained/sent to the hacienda?
- October 31, 2007 at 11:54 am #75992
Was 5%, now 3% from 01/01/07
- October 31, 2007 at 1:35 pm #75993
- November 1, 2007 at 7:54 am #75998
Mark is correct.
- November 12, 2007 at 10:26 am #76123
Two years on I am still waiting – was told recently it should have been refunded 1 week ago but no sign as yet
- November 12, 2007 at 2:33 pm #76125
Have you got the bank account stillopen – the ones whos details were given to hacienda as its really easy to overlook that one.
Other than that you can call them to find out what the delay is
- November 12, 2007 at 2:49 pm #76126
I applied for the refund using a Gestor and he says they can’t call but visit the Hacienda in Alicante once a month for an update. I have a different bank a/c but my Gestor has told me that the Haciensa have the correct details
- November 12, 2007 at 7:26 pm #76128
Well all regions work differently, so no reason to think otherwise. I guess you will just have to be patient and do like the Spanish
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