In late 2012, as we reported, the Spanish tax agency announced a tax amnesty allowing Spanish residents to declare any assets held in their name, and to pay tax at 10% of the amount declared. The end result was that less than half of the government estimate of 2.5 billion Euros was raised. On 31 October 2012 new legislation came into force in Spain with the specific aim of combatting tax fraud.
The new legislation facilitates communication between the Spanish tax agency and tax authorities throughout the world. It also requires all companies and individuals considered to be tax resident in Spain to declare all moveable and immoveable assets either owned by them, or within their control, situated either within or outside of Spain.