Property Sale 3% Reclaim in Spain

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Service Details

Property Sale 3% Reclaim

This service is available across Spain

Who Is This Service For?

This legal service is tailored for non-tax residents in Spain who have recently sold a property or intend to do so in the near future. 

The primary issue these individuals often encounter is the mandatory 3% retention of the sales price by the buyer, which is directly paid to the Spanish Tax Agency (AEAT) as an advance on the seller's future tax liabilities. 

This retention is applicable even when the seller is a non-resident without a permanent establishment in Spain. 

The problem arises when the capital gain from the sale is less than the 3% retained, or if a capital loss is incurred, as the seller may be entitled to reclaim part or all of this withholding. 

This service aims to assist such sellers in navigating through the complex procedures to accurately declare their gains or losses and recover the retained amount when applicable.

What Does This Service Consist Of?

To utilize this service, the client must be a non-tax resident in Spain who has sold a property there. 

There are no explicit nationality or age requirements, but the client must be able to provide all necessary documentation related to the property transaction, including the notarial deed and any relevant invoices or receipts pertaining to expenses and improvements. 

The client should also have a copy of the 3% retention payment made by the buyer to the AEAT. 

Furthermore, the client must be able to demonstrate the capital gain or loss from the sale, which involves calculating the Transmission Price and Acquisition Price accurately and in compliance with Spanish tax laws.


The procedure begins with the non-resident seller obtaining a copy of the 3% retention payment (form 211) made by the buyer to the AEAT. 

Subsequently, the seller must calculate the capital gain or loss from the sale, considering the Transmission Price and Acquisition Price, and ensuring all relevant expenses and improvements are accounted for. 

If the calculated capital gain is less than the 3% retained, or if a capital loss is identified, the seller can initiate the process to reclaim the excess retention. This involves submitting form 210 for Non-Residents to the AEAT, along with all supporting documentation to validate the declared gain or loss. 

The seller must be prepared for potential verification by the Tax Agency and should retain all pertinent documents to substantiate the claim.


Engaging with experienced English-speaking lawyers in Spain for this service ensures that non-resident sellers navigate through the Spanish tax system efficiently and compliantly. 

The benefits include precise calculation of the capital gain or loss, ensuring all permissible expenses are accounted for, and maximizing the potential refund from the AEAT. 

Furthermore, the lawyers will manage all interactions with the Tax Agency, providing you with a stress-free experience and ensuring that all submissions and communications are conducted timely and accurately. 

This expertise significantly enhances the likelihood of successfully reclaiming the retained amount and ensures that your interests are robustly represented throughout the process.

What Does This Service Consist Of?

  1. Initial Consultation: Understand your particular situation, gather preliminary data, and explain the process.
  2. Document Review: Analyse all documents related to the property sale, including the notarial deed, and expenses related to both the acquisition and transmission of the property.
  3. Calculation of Capital Gain/Loss: Accurately calculate the capital gain or loss from the sale, ensuring all allowable expenses and improvements are considered.
  4. Form Preparation: Prepare and review the tax form 210 for Non-Residents, ensuring all data is accurate and complete.
  5. Submission to AEAT: Submit the form 210 along with all supporting documentation to the AEAT, adhering to all submission deadlines.
  6. Communication Management: Handle all communications with the AEAT, including any additional information requests or verification processes.
  7. Refund Process: Upon approval from the AEAT, manage the refund process to ensure the reclaimed amount is correctly returned to you.
  8. Post-Service Support: Provide support and advice post-refund, ensuring that you are informed of any further obligations or considerations.

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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