Inheriting a pharmacy. Advice on how to avoid taxes.

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Dissolution of joint ownership is exempt of taxes provided the outgoing owner is paid the fiscal value of his share.

Contrary to the Spanish Tax Office opinion, which is generally accepted, Gutiérrez del Alamo y Martos Abogados has recently won a case against the Tax Office of Marbella. It started in 2009 when the Tax Office settled 1% stamp duty on the transfer of 1/2 from one joint owner to the other who then became full owner of the property. We considered this transaction could not be subject to any tax provided the outgoing joint owner is paid the market value of his share. We omit the legal arguments behind this opinion as it exceeds the aim of this note.

As the Tax Office and later on the Court on Economic Affairs rejected our arguments we appealed to the Supreme Court of Justice of Andalucía who ruled the case annulling the tax settlement proving us correct. This Judgment of 24th of June 2013 is the first case precedent in the Málaga division of this Court, followed by other case precedents from the Sevilla division being the last one ruled on the 30th of March 2012.

Despite these case precedents the Andalucía Tax Office keeps taxing dissolutions of joint ownerships with 1,5% stamp duty.

We encourage taxpayers to challenge these tax settlements as no doubt the Courts will annul them. Even those who paid the tax in the past (no more than 4 years back) have the right to claim their money back.

Gutiérrez del Alamo y Martos, Abogados can help them in this complex proceedings representing the clients throughout all stages. We charge a small fee at the beginning and a success fee at the end. For further information you can contact the lawyer Adolfo Martos at


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