Okay, so you’ve just moved to the beautiful Alicante region. You can now sit back and enjoying, the sun, sea, sangria and SUMA!!!

Yes, that’s those flaming bills that appear through the post at regular intervals. Well, here’s a summary of what they are and when and how you have to pay them.

What is SUMA?

Suma is a public organisation that manages and collects local taxes for the municipal districts of the province of Alicante.

What does it do?

Among others, Suma manages the Property Tax (IBI), the Tax on Economic Activities (IAE), the Motor Vehicle Tax (IVTM), the Tax on the Increase in Value of Urban Land (capital gains) and other Municipal Taxes such as Rubbish Collection, Vehicle Access, etc.).

Which taxes are payable each year?

THE PROPERTY TAX (IBI)
If you are the owner of a home, garage, storage room, plot of land, you have to pay the IBI. If you have the usufruct on a property, you are the party liable for taxation and therefore responsible for paying the tax, not the owner.

THE TAX ON ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES (IAE)
The IAE is due as a result of carrying out business, professional or artistic activities in Spain.

THE MOTOR VEHICLE TAX
If you are the owner of a vehicle with a Spanish license number, you have to pay the Motor Vehicle Tax each year, for as long as the car is included in the Traffic Office Register, unless you apply for the deregistration of the license.

OTHER MUNICIPAL TAXES AND FEES
RUBBISH COLLECTION, SEWAGE AND DRAINS, VEHICLE ACCESS ETC.
If you are a property owner, you have to pay taxes and fees for the services
rendered by the Town Hall which you benefit from.

WHEN SHOULD YOU PAY YOUR TAXES?

There are two essential payment periods during the year.
1st PERIOD: MARCH-APRIL

During this period, the following taxes are due:
* PROPERTY TAX (IBI)
* TAX ON ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES (IAE)
2nd PERIOD: AUGUST-SEPTEMBER
During this period, the following taxes are due:
* PROPERTY TAX (IBI)
* TAX ON ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES (IAE)

Dates of payment and details of taxes due for payment each year are published annually.

IMPORTANT:
Once the voluntary period is over, unpaid bills will be subject to a surcharge and they will accrue interest for late payment and any corresponding expenses.

HOW CAN YOU PAY YOUR TAXES?

1.BY DIRECT DEBIT

If you have already arranged direct debit with your bank, the charge on your account should take place automatically, as long as the account is covered. The appropriate receipt for the charge, where all the details of the bill are shown, must be provided by the bank and sent to you with your bank statements.

2.AT AN AUTOMATIC CASH DISPENSER
You can also pay your bills through the following cash dispensers:With the credit cards of BBVA, CAM, Caja Murcia and CajaMadrid; SERVICAIXA Cash Dispensers of “La Caixa”; in the 4B Cash Dispensers with 4B, 4B MasterCard and 4B Maestro debit cards.

3.IN YOUR BANK OR SAVINGS BANK
You can pay at any of the collaborating banks presenting the bill sent by Suma to your home address. If you have not received the demand statement or have lost it, ask for a copy at any Suma office. The back of the bill shows the list of the collaborating banks where you can pay.

4.IN SUMA OFFICES WITH CREDIT CARD
You can pay at the Suma offices with the following cards: CAM (VISA, Maestro, MasterCard, 6000), BANESTO (VISA, Maestro, MasterCard), 4B, EURO 6000, and BBVA.

5.ON THE INTERNET
You can access these web pages through Suma’s site: www.suma.es
To make payments on the Internet, you have to have an account in one of the banks and be a user/client of their online banking services.

The bill

The majority of municipal taxes and fees are annual, which means that for each one of them there is one bill per year, due for payment either in the first or second voluntary period.

For example, in some council districts the rubbish collection rates are paid on a six-month basis and the water bills may be issued on a three-month or a six-month basis. This varies and is established by each Town Hall.

The bill is only sent to the known address of the taxpayer in Spain, never abroad, and this is done as part of the customer service.

Accordingly, you must bear in mind that not receiving the bill does not exempt the taxpayer from the responsibility of payment within the corresponding term. The bills for each tax or rate contain the following information:

• Person liable for taxation: name and surname, NIF/NIE and fiscal address.
• Tax purpose: identification details of the tax.
• Concept and tax term.
• Deductions and benefits, where applicable.
• Amount due.

How do I contact SUMA?

Customer service freephone: 900 103 104
Information telephone line: 965 14 8 561 (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9:00 to 12:00 In English, German and French).
Virtual office of suma
24 hours a day, 7 days of the week, 365 days per year.
Through Web site of Suma: www.suma.es
You can access Suma’s Virtual Office:

• You need to have the Digital Certificate issued by the “Generalitat Valenciana”, which you can obtain from any Suma office by presenting
your NIE and passport or identity card.

• Using the CAM DIRECTO Service of the Caja de Ahorros del Mediterraneo
(CAM), if you have an account with them and you are a user/client of their
online banking service.

Transactions and dealings available through the Virtual Office:

• Presentation of written inquiries, requests and statements.
• Arrangement of direct debit orders.
• Change of personal details and information.
• Check-up of payments.
• Payment of outstanding debts/bills.



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