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British tax residents with second or holiday homes in Spain are being urged by the UK tax authority, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), to “come clean” about any unpaid tax or capital gains, despite the deadline to avoid increased penalties for not doing so having passed last Friday.

House in SpainHMRC’s Property Sales Campaign is targeting those selling homes in the UK or overseas, where capital gains tax should be paid on any profits made. Property owners had until 9th August to declare any unpaid tax on property sales and have until 6th September to pay the tax owed.

The Revenue is warning those who have sold holiday homes in Spain, and elsewhere, that a failure to report accurately could mean they face tax investigations, plus fines and interest could be added to the pending tax bill.
“It is better to come to us before we come to you. After 6th September, HMRC will use information it holds about property sales, in the UK and abroad, to identify people who have not paid what they owe. Penalties – or even criminal prosecution – could follow,” asserts Marian Wilson, Head of HMRC Campaigns. ...continue reading "HMRC’s warning to owners of second homes in Spain"