NIF Number


When thinking about moving to Spain and specially when considering incorporating a company, you must know that from de moment you start to develop any lucrative activity in Spain, you will be bound to pay taxes. For this reason, you shall issue a Tax Identification Number or NIF (“Número de Identificación Fiscal” in Spanish).

In order to comply with your fiscal duties and develop an economic activity you shall have the aforementioned tax identification number, whether you are a Spanish citizen, legal resident or foreigner. Normally, the NIF of a Spaniard is his/her DNI (“Número de identificación” in Spanish) plus a capital letter. If a non-Spanish national wish to issue his/her NIF, he or she will need her NIE (“Número de indentificación de extranjero” in Spanish) first.

The Tax identification number is generally issued in the corresponding Spanish Tax Office or “Agencia Tributaria” in Spanish, as this number will be generally required when fulfilling any legal procedure or duty of taxable nature before the abovementioned Spanish Administration.

When will I be requested a Tax identification number?

Generally, you will be requested to show your NIF in any of the following situations:

  • If you have been selected director or manager of a Company located in Spanish territory.

  • If you are joining or taking part of a partnership or venture in a Spanish Company.

  • If you are claiming an inheritance in Spain in order to pay the corresponding taxes of it.

  • If you will be developing a lucrative activity as a self-employed.

  • If you are setting up a company in Spain.

What do you need to do to issue your NIF?

As a foreigner if you are planning to open a bank account, buy a car, property or set up a company in Spain, you must know that you will be bound to pay taxes, thus you shall activate your NIE before the Tax Office by completing and presenting the corresponding documentation upon requesting the necessary appointment. Once you have gone to the Tax Office and done the procedure, they will give you a certificate with your NIF.

Also, you must consider that all the Spanish Administrative officers speak Spanish and the documents to be filled out and submitted are in Spanish language as well; therefore, if you need to issue your NIF and your Spanish level is not fluent, you may find this task difficult to fulfill. As a bilingual Law Firm, our purpose is to help you dealing with these procedures on your behalf, saving you time, money and dealing with the administration.

How can we help you?

If you need to issue your NIF, you just need to contact us through email and we will provide you the form and the different methods of payment. Once you have filled the application form and completed payment, we will confirm you that the process to issue your NIF is being processed. Later, the attorney representing you in this process before the Spanish Tax Office will send you a form that you must print, sign and send us along with the copy of your passport. Once you have done these simple steps, we will issue your NIF in 2 days.

It is important to note that even if you are not in Spain, we will be able to help you issuing your NIF for once we have completed the process to get your NIF, we will send you the original document by post.

Finally, if you have incorporated a company you may need to issue its CIF (Company Tax Identification Number) in this case, our attorneys will be able to help you as well. Contact us and our staff will guide you over our services and fees.