Bank Deposits: How to avoid treasury queries

Spanish bank deposits

Illustration of Spanish tax. Credit: xtock/

Are you aware of how much cash you can deposit at a bank without explaining its source? The rules set by the Spanish Tax Agency provide clarity on this.

Currently, the maximum amount that can be deposited at a bank counter without the need for justification, as mandated by law and the Treasury, stands at €3,000.

Beyond this threshold, you might be asked to provide documents proving the origin of the funds. This limit is identical to the maximum sum that can be withdrawn from an ATM without additional documentation.

Deposit limits and monitoring

This regulation is in place to combat the shadow economy and prevent money laundering activities. Should deposits exceeding €3,000 become a frequent occurrence in your account, the Tax Agency will likely seek explanations.

The same procedures apply when withdrawing cash, withdrawing over €3,000 requires a visit to the counter, where the bank will notify the Treasury of the transaction.

How to justify large deposits

For those needing to justify large deposits, the Tax Agency requires tangible proof of transaction, such as payment confirmations, invoices, or receipts.

For instance, if you have received multiple cash payments for services, remember that the legal ceiling for a single cash transaction is €1,000. Therefore, maintaining detailed invoices and matching receipts is crucial for demonstrating the legitimacy of these payments.

Navigating bank deposit regulations can be straightforward as long as you are prepared with the necessary documentation for any amounts over the stipulated €3,000 limit.

This ensures transparency and legality in all financial dealings with the bank, safeguarding against any potential inquiries from fiscal authorities.

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.


    • Bob

      28 April 2024 • 14:30

      Thanks John,
      Most, if not all of the subjects I click on for more information are from you.
      I don’t know how or where you get the information, but at least you put it in a way that I can easily understand. Thank you

    • Brian Milner

      28 April 2024 • 21:52

      I was told by the teller at my local bank that if it is was 1,000 euros, which had to be reported, when I tried to deposit that amount. So I said “In that case give me 50 back”

    • Mike Worth

      29 April 2024 • 12:46

      While the rich ignore this rule with impunity, this is about controlling the little people, the so called money laundering concern is just a joke. The rich and the crooks care little for these laws.

    • Matt Barnfather

      01 May 2024 • 19:21

      Thank you for the information.
      Can I make as many 3000€ diposits or withdrawals as I want during week/month/year or is there a limit?

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