Online shopping and shipments between individuals
Learn more here, before you make your online purchase or receive a parcel from an individual
Shipments amounting to a value of 150 euros
On July 1, 2021, the so-called “ VAT package ” came into force, a European regulation that incorporates changes in the taxation of electronic commerce. In the case of individuals who make online purchases from companies outside the European Union, these modifications influence the way in which they will pay VAT for the products they purchase.
From that date, small value products that the consumer purchases online and that are sent from outside the EU become subject to VAT , as has been happening with those of greater value.
With this measure, the European Union puts the purchase of a good in Spain in the same tax situation as compared to the online purchase of a good from a country outside the EU .
As an example, until June 30, 2021, the purchase of a package of pens in a Spanish store for an amount of 7 euros meant having to pay 21% VAT on the sales price (1.47 euros), while if the consumer purchases it online and the pens arrive in our country from outside the EU , they do not pay for those pens VAT . The European reform establishes that, if pens arrive in Spain from July 1, 2021, these products will have VAT .
European regulations have provided for collection systems that prevent the consumer from having to carry out formal obligations with Customs. In most cases, for purchases of less than 150 euros, it will be the internet portals themselves, or the operators that introduce the goods into our country, who will be in charge of entering the VAT that consumers have to pay.
The mechanisms provided by the European Union to avoid inconvenience and procedures for the consumer are the following:
Through a single window system (system IOSS ), internet portals can enter the VAT corresponding to sales in which they are intermediaries. In this case, the buyer does not have to do anything and the price he pays for the purchase will be a fixed price without any other subsequent expenses arising in respect of VAT and Customs procedures .
If the purchase is made on an internet portal that does not participate in the previous system, the companies that introduce the goods into our country will be responsible for entering the corresponding VAT installments. The consumer will not have to do additional procedures either, but it is very possible that the package will not be delivered without first paying the transport company 21% of the price of the good (as well as perhaps certain management costs).
It is important that the consumer pay special attention to the purchasing conditions of the portal where they purchase their products to check if the price offered already includes VAT and management fees.
Finally, the Tax Agency offers information and assistance to individuals regarding questions and customs formalities that may be necessary.
The ADI is the "virtual counter" of the Tax Agency that provides personalized non-face-to-face information services and specialized assistance on certain procedures. This service is provided to taxpayers throughout the country during extended opening hours from 9 am to 7 pm from Monday to Friday.