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The Tax Agency goes a step further in the fight to uncover vacation homes underhand. The owners who settled in rent their property last year in various advertising media, including the Internet, have become targets of Revenue for the 2015 Income Tax Campaign, which began last Wednesday with problems of access to the servers of the Tax Agency, due to the avalanche of visits for information and file returns through the new program Renta Web.

For the first time, it included in the tax data of millions of filers a clear warning: if you have earned income from these rentals must be declared as any type of income you pay taxes and not recorded in the fiscal data. “According to the information available to the tax office you have made property rental ads in different advertising media, including the Internet.” This is the new message that appears when accessing the Web Renta program and joins other notices, as pensions received from abroad,

Whether it is permanent or temporary rent is indifferent to the Treasury. The director of the Management Department of the Tax Agency, Rufino de la Rosa, did not clarify how they will get that information. But he has clarified that are not real estate portals such as Idealist or Airbnb who provide this information to the Administration.

The control of undeclared rental income is not new. The Revenue initiated in 2012 a check campaign on declared vacant homes with high electricity consumption that emerged part of the rental submerged.

Do not forget that almost half (49.03%) of vacation home in Spain is not declared. There are 1.3 million households whose incomes are not being declared to the tax authorities, according to estimates by the Ministry of Finance Technicians (Gestha). The vast majority, 973,429 properties, leases are made unknown, while 367,059 are transferred free or at a low price, usually a family dwellings. Although high, the figure has declined. In 2008, more than 55% of housing rents defrauded the Treasury, according Gestha. Undeclared rental income is almost 3,000 million euros annually.