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The Spanish tax authorities continue to clamp down on unregistered holiday rentals by scrawling through online property portals.

In 2017, as many as 136,600 property owners advertising on holiday rental sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway were contacted by the taxman warning them to declare any income earned through their holiday rental – a marked increase on the 21,500 warnings issued in 2016.

By stepping up its effort to reduce the number of tax fraud cases involving holiday lets the Hacienda yielded an ‘extra’ €14,792 million last year, a growth of 35% from 2013 figures.

Just over two years ago, the Andalucian government introduced a new Holiday Rental Licence in a bid to standardize the holiday rental industry and crack down on tax invasion from undeclared holiday rental properties. Within that time, more than 26,000 properties have been successfully granted a licence, according to the Spain’s Department of Tourism.

Since the first introduction of targeting holiday home rental websites (nearly three years ago), the Hacienda has seen income generated by holiday rental income figures grow by 40% to €522 million, reports newspaper Murcia Today.

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