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Forums Pre-Production Forum The payment of vat tax for location rental in Spain

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  • Adam Thal

    Dear colleagues in Spain,

    I would be grateful if you could give me some informations regarding the payment of vat tax for location rental in Spain to a non-Spanish company. Until now, I have never had to pay vat tax to the owners of locations since I, myself, have a non-Spanish company. Now I have a Spanish location owner that insists to have this paid. Is there anything official I can show to the owner as proof that this fiscality is not necessary?

    I look forward to receiving your feedback. I would appreciate it.
    thank you

    Massimo . +39 3355451264 .

    Dear Massimo,

    There is not any added charge and no fees for shooting in Basque Country.

    Bilbao is a beautiful city and the county has a spectacular seashore


    Ernesto – Zinebi

    Yes is possible…

    Daniel Escrivá

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    Dear Massimo.
    The owner is doing the right thing even if you´re a foreign producer. If he´s producing a legal invoice always he had to add the VAT (18% in Spain).
    I´ve had this issue often, and I´ve checked it at the tax office.
    I don´t know in the Basque Country because they have a different tax system from the rest of the country.
    Santi Navarro

    Hi there,

    I have a production service company in Ibiza and have been faced with the same problem. Until recently my accountant also told me to charge IVA (VAT). However now there have been some changes in the European VAT rules. Because the service is a cross-border service (intra-Community supply of services), there should not be charged VAT on the invoice. This is based on the following European VAT rule: “VAT due by the contracting party – article 196 of Council Directive 2006/112/EC”.

    I hope this is a help..

    Kind regards


    Dear Massimo,

    My name is Peter and I am a service producer at Fresco Film Services in Spain. We come across this issue a lot, and it all comes down to a very simple fact:

    If the owner of a location has a registered business (i.e. he is not a private person charging you), and he is NOT registered for inner European VAT trade, he will have to charge you VAT as any hotel, car rental company etc, as you would be a FINAL CONSUMER, like any other client to his business, no matter where you are from. If he has a European VAT registration, he should NOT charge you any VAT, since this is inner European business. All this though depends on WHAT his business is- if it is end consumer (as I said, like hotels or rental cars), he will have to charge you VAT.
    If the owner is a private person and does NOT have a registered business (ie not fiscal ID, starting with a letter and followed by a set of numbers, as to a set of numbers followed by a letter for private people !!) and tries to charge you VAT he is simply trying to rip you of, since his invoice will go nowhere, is not valid and he has earned an 18% more.
    Also, please do not pay any attention to my colleague from Barcelona who reckons that he will have to deduct a 19% on IRPF tax, since this only applies to SPANISH business customers !!!!

    Hope this helps, for any further questions do not hesitate contacting me at



    Peter Welter Soler
    Fresco Film Services

    Hi Massimo,

    You shouldn´t be charged.
    Being Italian I hope you are able to understand the official law below about VAT in Spain. Show it to the owner so that (s)he can be calm on this thing. (Article 23)

    VAT is the same for all Spain, including Basque Country, the exceptions are Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla.

    Incentives in Basque Country are on revenues an other issues.

    Buona fortuna!

    Daniel Peña
    Zinealdea Film Studios

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