Spanish tax number NIE

Getting a Spanish NIE tax identification number

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All individuals who have to pay taxes in Spain or deal with the Spanish tax authorities are assigned a Spanish tax identification number, the NIE.

All individuals liable to pay taxes in Spain or having any dealing with the Spanish Tax Authorities are assigned a tax identification number.

The NIE is the Spanish tax identification number assigned to non-residents in Spain, which is required for most formal registration and administrative procedures carried out in Spain.

It enables you to pay the annual taxes or register your property, as this number identifies foreigners in Spain for tax purposes. You must indicate this number if you either buy a car or a property in Spain or open a bank account.

NIE identification number in Spain

The NIE is applied for before the Spanish police where you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Your original passport plus 1 copy
  • The NIE application form duly filled in and signed
  • Bank receipt of the NIE fee payment

It is advisable to obtain legal help to apply for your NIE number before the Spanish administrative authorities (see our online service below). Read more on how to submit your NIE application. There may be slight differences depending in which region you apply; here's an example of how to get your NIE in Madrid.

CIF identification number

The corporate tax identification number (CIF) is the equivalent to the VAT number. It is always required for running a business in Spain, this becomes your company's identification for tax purposes and is required for any legal transactions.

The CIF may be issued upon application before the Spanish Provincial Tax Office (Delegación de Hacienda).

iAbogado Servicios Jurídicos SLU (Madrid, Spain), / Expatica
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