Almost 618,000 taxpayers in Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, should see their taxes fall, the Junta de Andalucía has claimed after carrying out a reform to the part of income tax controlled by regional government.
The reduction in the income tax levied regionally on tax bills will be applied gradually up to 2023. From now on only incomes over 20,200 will have the Junta's own part applied, and the starting rate will fall from 10 to 9.5 per cent.
The move, said the head of the Junta's provincial delegation in Malaga, Patricia Navarro, is designed to make it more attractive for companies to relocate to Andalucía, as the taxes paid by companies on their employees' salaries will fall. Andalucía is now only behind Madrid and Castilla y León in terms of Spanish regions with the lowest regional taxation.
Patricia Navarro also gave more details this week of the effects of the regional government's decision to virtually eliminate the need for direct family to pay tax on inheritance, which in Spain is levied on the beneficiary and not the dead person's estate. Inheritance tax on amounts up to one million euros will be reduced by 99 per cent.
Gifts between family members will also see the tax level brought down by the same amount. For example, a gift of 10,000 euros will now have just a 7.82-euro tax as opposed to 782 euros previously.