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Tax Guide for Americans in Spain 

US Expats Spain

The Spanish Tax System

Since many US expatriates are living in Spain, it is necessary for Americans to know both Spanish and US expat tax laws. This tax guide is meant to add to your understanding of the Spanish income tax system by giving practical knowledge.

The article highlights important rules that US expats should keep in mind about residency, income, and tax withholding. The importance of tax planning and treaty provisions available to American citizens and residents living in Spain are discussed.


Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a constitutional monarchy. Spain mixes an inherited monarchy with a bicameral parliament called the Cortes Generales. The Agencia Tributaria is the federal authority responsible for the oversight of local tax authorities and most international tax matters dealing with collections and assessment of taxes. 

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