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VAT reclaims for international companies

VAT reclaims for international companies

Posted by: Gascón Bernabéu
Category: Accountancy

GB Abogados´accountancy department processes VAT reclaims for international companies who trade with Spain.

Companies are able to apply for a refund of the VAT (IVA) charged on invoices provided by Spanish companies, providing they are from a country with a reciprocal tax agreement with Spain.

The list of countries with agreements can be found here.

The application for a refund of the VAT paid must be made no later than 30th June in the year following the date of the invoice.

For instance, all invoices dated 2017 must be submitted by 30th June 2018.

If this deadline is missed, no refund will be forthcoming.

All rates of Spanish VAT can be reclaimed in the same way a Spanish company would be entitled.

In order to assist client companies we require a Power of Attorney.

This document authorises us to act on your behalf in Spain.  The faculties are limited to VAT related matters.

We draft the Power of Attorney document in Spanish with an English or French translation.

The document is then signed in front of a Notary in your home country and apostilled.

We also assist clients with the notary appointment.

Once this Power of Attorney is in place we can make regular VAT refund application on your behalf as required.

The Power of Attorney is part of the set up process and only needs to be done once.

Many of our clients trade with Spain on a regular basis.

The supporting documentation for the refund application is:

  • Original invoices
  • Certificate of Incorporation (apostilled)
  • Tax Certificate from country of origin (apostilled)
  • Confirmation of nature of business and reason for purchases
  • Bank statement showing IBAN number and account name for refund
  • Company document (apostilled) which confirms the individual who signs the POA is a Director

Some documentation will need to be translated into Spanish.  We can arrange this on your behalf.

If you trade with companies in Spain and would like to discuss how we can help you reclaim VAT paid, please don´t hesitate to contact us for a no obligation consultation.