Is Your Business Eligible for a Spanish VAT Refund?
WRITTEN ON 27 October, 2021
Is your Business Eligible for a Spanish VAT Refund?
Learn more about whether your business is eligible for a Spanish VAT Refund here. Our partner MICE VAT can help you through the entire process.
Here are a few scenarios to better understand the VAT refund process as it applies to Spain.
Scenario 1: VAT refund eligible companies based in the EU, Great Britain, Norway, Switzerland, Monaco, Israel, Canada, Japan
Foreign Company (end-user of services):
Can reclaim Spanish VAT if traveling to Spain for a business purpose (i.e. meeting, product launch, summit, conference, exhibition, etc.)
Cannot reclaim Spanish VAT if the purpose of travel is solely leisure/incentive trip.
Foreign Events agency(who purchase services for their business customer):
Spanish VAT can be reclaimed if the Events agency organizes an entire business event for their client and books all components. It’s important to have appropriate contracts & correct invoicing in place.
Cannot reclaim Spanish VAT if booking only accommodation, organizing an incentive trip, or purchasing services for a business customer attending an international trade fair/congress.
Scenario 2: VAT refund eligible Companies based in the rest of the world (only end-users of services)
Companies are eligible for a Spanish VAT refund if they are attending a trade fair, congress, conference, exhibition (i.e. MWC, IBTM, etc).
In order to confirm final eligibility for a Spanish VAT reclaim, each specific case should be assessed individually.
Non-EU companies must appoint a local fiscal representative such as MICE VAT in order to submit a Spanish VAT refund application.
VAT is still claimable on invoices dated January 2021 onwards.
If you want to explore this topic and learn more about the process, read our full blog.