VAT in Spain: Is is obligatory to all vat to all types of translations?
Thread poster: Laura Iglesias

Laura Iglesias  Identity Verified
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Dec 21, 2005

Thank you! Feliz Navidad!


Andy Watkinson
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Not all translations Dec 21, 2005

Below is a reply from Parrot to a similar question not long ago.

"El 'interés social' lo determina Hacienda, no nosotros Nov 22

Muchos de mis clientes son ministerios y agencias gubernamentales, algunas de las últimas de claro interés social y pagan IVA. He hecho correcciones para Facultades de universidades y, la primera vez, también pregunté (por la misma provisión referente a los textos científicos). Me dieron su CIF a propósito del IVA e IRPF.

La práctica es la que ha explicado Timothy - si te pagan mediante contrato y con derechos (es decir, que actúas bajo otro epígrafe que se pueda equiparar con el de los artistas y deportistas) - entonces es cuando no se aplica el IVA."


PD. Sorry about the Spanish, a bit carried away.

[Edited at 2005-12-21 13:01]


Lia Fail (X)  Identity Verified
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my understanding Dec 21, 2005

VAT is not applied to 'particulares'

VAT is not applied to works that are not commercial

On this basis, rightly or wrongly, I don't charge VAT to universities for research papers and articles etc.

That said, some bodies I work for (e.g. Government bodies) have asked me to charge them VAT.

So maybe the best thing is - if in doubt - to ask each individual client, as they are in the best position to know.


Timothy Barton
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A rule of thumb Dec 21, 2005

As a general rule, if your translation is subject to "derechos de autor" then VAT is not applicable.

I suggest you should ask questions like this in the Spanish forum. You're more likely to get more answers.


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