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Wealth Tax on the Balearic Islands: Reduction, Yet Not Elimination

In the dynamic landscape of real estate on the Balearic Islands, recent reforms in the wealth tax have left a lasting impact. While the tax has been reduced, it is crucial to understand that it has not been completely eliminated. This article provides an in-depth exploration of the recent changes in tax legislation, focusing on aspects affecting property owners in the region.

The original article addresses the recent reduction in the wealth tax on the Balearic Islands, noting that, despite positive changes, the tax persists. Herein lies the expertise of Balearic Properties, offering strategic advice to optimise the wealth situation of its clients.

Key Changes in the Wealth Tax:

1. Reduction of Rates for Significant Fortunes: The reform primarily aims to decrease rates applied to more considerable fortunes, easing the tax burden for owners of high-value real estate. The intention is to stimulate investment and the maintenance of luxury properties in the region.

2. Consideration of Foreign Assets: The new legislation also addresses the inclusion of assets located outside of the Balearic Islands in the wealth tax calculation. Clear guidelines have been established to ensure a more accurate assessment of taxpayers' global wealth.

3. Incentives for Real Estate Investment: As part of the reform, specific incentives have been introduced to encourage investment in the local real estate market. These incentives range from tax deductions to streamlining administrative procedures, aiming to promote economic activity and growth in the sector.

Impact on the Real Estate Sector:

The wealth tax reform has directly impacted the real estate market on the Balearic Islands. The reduction in the tax burden for owners of high-value properties could boost demand and maintain the region's competitiveness as an attractive destination for real estate investments.

Expert Advice from Balearic Properties:

Balearic Properties stands as an expert source, offering strategic advice to navigate the nuances of the wealth tax changes. Their guidance is instrumental in optimising the wealth situation of clients amidst the evolving fiscal landscape.

Case Studies:

*Example 1*

Consider an individual with an investment on the island of, let's say €3,500,000. The adjustment involves transitioning from paying taxes on €2,800,000 to a taxable basis of €500,000. On a taxable basis of €2,800,000, a foreign investor would incur an annual wealth tax of €28,046.26. However, with a taxable basis of €500,000, the tax reduces significantly to a total of €1,664.36. This represents a substantial difference in the tax burden.

Investors who are tax resident in the Balearic Islands will use the table of the Autonomous Community:

Net Tax Base (€) Tax Payable Remaining Taxable Base up to % Applicable
€ – € – €170,472.04 0.28
€170,472.04 €477.32 €170,465.00 0.41
€340,937.04 €1,176.23 €340,932.71 0.69
€681,869.75 €3,528.67 €654,869.76 1.24
€1,336,739.51 €11,649.06 €1,390,739.49 1.79
€2,727,479.00 €36,543.30 €2,727,479.00 2.35
€5,454,958.00 €100,639.06 €5,454,957.99 2.9
€10,909,951.99 €258,832.84 Onwards 3.45

*Example 2*

Delve into the scenario of an investor holding assets totaling €9,500,000. This investor shifts from being eligible for a deduction of €700,000 to now benefiting from a deduction of €3,000,000. Solely considering the state deduction, the investor's net worth transitions from €8,800,000 to €6,500,000. Consequently, the annual wealth tax payable will decrease, although the amount remains substantial, making the exploration of fiscal strategies to enhance tax savings imperative.

While non-tax residents may choose to use the State table for the calculation:

Net Tax Base (€) Tax Payable Remaining Taxable Base up to  % Applicable
 € – € – €167,129.45 0.2
€167,129.45 €334.26 €167,123.43 0.3
€334,252.88 €835.63 €334,246.87 0.5
€668,499.75 €2,506.86 €668,499.76 0.9
 €1,336,999.51 €8,523.36 €1,336,999.50 1.3
€2,673,999.01 €25,904.35 €2,673,999.02 1.7
€5,347,998.03 €71,362.33 €5,347,998.03 2.1
€10,695,996.06 €183,670.29 Onwards 3.5

Prior to 2024
, the investor would have been paying €143,854.37 annually, whereas post-2024, the total tax payment amounts to €95,554.37. This signifies a noteworthy reduction in the wealth tax liability, yet there remains an opportunity to explore additional fiscal strategies for greater tax savings.

While the wealth tax on the Balearic Islands has undergone a reduction, it persists as a significant factor for property owners. Staying informed about the implications of these changes and adopting strategic financial approaches is essential for navigating the evolving tax landscape in the region.

By Iris Gruenewald

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