15 per cent of bills paid late in Madrid

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ONE in seven bills in Madrid is paid late.

In autumn, the ‘madrileños’ receive their bills for property tax, rubbish tax and other municipal taxes. They have until November to pay every year, but many fail to do so and go on the city hall’s debtors list. In 2011, 15 per cent of bills were not paid on time, amounting to 891,597, and €183.2 million.

The main problem is with vehicle tax, of which 442,345 weren’t paid on time in 2011, 25.4 per cent of the total.

In the past year, more people are unable to pay and the city hall is forced to seek help from the tax office and the amount required increases.

The average family in Madrid will have to pay €561.4 in taxes this year which is a 10 per cent rise from last year.

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