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Spanish SII update July 2018

  • Mar 30, 2018 | Richard Asquith

Spanish SII update July 2018

Spain is planning modifications to its near live VAT transaction reporting regime, Immediate Supply of Information or SII.

Since 1 July 2017, SII reporting obliges qualifying businesses to summit relevant invoices within four days of issuance or receipt. It is only required from ‘large’ taxpayers (above €6m turnover per annum), entities in VAT groups and companies opted into the monthly refund regime. The data required includes:

  • Sales invoices
  • Purchase invoices
  • Intra-community supplies
  • Transactions for investment supplies

SII July 2018 changes

Minor XML file submission requirements are to change from 1 July 2018. These include:

  • A new field flagging invoices above €100,000 is to be included
  • An additional invoice code for import VAT deduction changes following a VAT audit
  • A new field for invoices claiming more than one exemption classification
  • A requirement for distance sellers to identify any sales where the customer has not been identified
  • A requirement for tax payers who become liable to report under SII mid-year to supply all transactions from the earlier part of the year. This will be under a separate data field.
  • A new field for simplified input VAT invoices with VAT to be deducted

Need a fiscal representative in Spain?

Non-EU businesses selling in Spain will need to appoint a fiscal representative alongside completing VAT registration and returns.
Fiscal representatives are responsible for the accurate VAT submissions of their non-EU clients.
Avalara offers a Fiscal Representative Service as part of its international VAT and GST Registration and Returns Service.

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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2019 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.