The annual local rate and refuse collection charges receipts of your Spanish property located in the Malaga area are due now. This is applicable for those locations were these receipts are paid through the Patronato de Recaudación Provincial, as Nerja, Marbella, Benahavis, Estepona, Manilva, etc. Payment has to be made before 12th of September 2016.

If you have set up a direct debit for the payment of the receipts you should check your bank account to see if there are enough funds in the account to cover these charges. If this would not be the case, the receipts will be returned by the bank unpaid and the direct debit cancelled. This will entail payment of interest and surcharges for these receipts and also if you are not aware of the cancellation of the direct debit the future receipts (2017 and onwards) will also remain unpaid. At the end of the day you can find yourself with a considerable debt to be paid for local taxes.

Please note that if there is no direct debit you will have to obtain the receipts from the Patronato de Recaudación Provincial (Tel 902152000) or Local Council depending the location and arrange for payment at your bank.

Rafael Berdaguer
Lawyer within the firm
Rafael Berdaguer Abogados based in Marbella, Spain.
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