The future of one of the most well know sporting facilities in Marbella, Marbella Rugby Club, could be in jeopardy after receiving a huge tax bill from the Patronato Provincial de Recaudación.
The provincial tax collection agency has billed the club for €112,000 in unpaid IBI (municipal property tax) accumulated over the past 25 years.
On October 21st 1992 the local government gave the club, a non-profit organisation, a municipal plot of land to use free of charge, as long as maintenance was undertaken, with never any mention of having to pay IBI on the land.
A re-classification of the use of land pushed the value up by a significant amount, resulting in the tax office issuing the huge unpaid bill; in 1986 the land was originally classed as a green area and worth €90,000. In 2010 the classification was changed to a sporting area and the value of the land increased to €4.2 million. Marbella Rugby Club say it was never notified of the change or of the subsequent IBI bill.
The agency has ordered an embargo on the clubs accounts, which could leave the club with no choice but to close.
Following an appeal from the club on 9 January, the Patronato de Recaudación now has one month to respond.
Source: Sur in English
Tags: IBI, Marbella, Property Tax