The most commonly received fines come from traffic violations and are applied by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), although other public bodies can issue fines as well (such as municipalities). You may not be satisfied with said sanction and decide not to pay the fine. In that case, we tell you what the possible consequences may be.
What happens if you don’t pay
Once notice of a fine is received, there is a waiting period 30 days to appeal the finethat is, to present allegations in the event that the person who has received the sanction considers that it is not fair that a fine be applied to him.
We understand by notification a confirmation of the fine. In some cases by the hand of the same agent, generally placed on the windshield in the case of a parking ticket or by mail at home, which should arrive at some point within the following 6 months after the offense was committed. Sanctions imposed by the DGT that could not be notified to you at home due to being absent or due to a change of address will be published in TESTRA, the electronic notice board of the DGT, and simultaneously on the Single Edictal Board of the BOE ( TEU). Sanctions published in TESTRA and in the TEU will be considered notified 20 days after their publication.
In case of not paying the fine in the first days, the first thing that will happen is that you will lose the right to reduction of the amount, the same as if you decide to challenge it and appeal it. Generally, within the period of the following 20 days you will have a 50% discount on the amount of the same.
Once the term of the administrative procedure has elapsed, generally about 60 days from the receipt of the notification, what is known as executive procedure is entered, in which the offender will have a new period to pay, but must pay the amount of the fine more a 5% surcharge.
Do you prescribe a fine?
As a general rule, fines they expire a year. That is, there are 365 days that the administrative entity that has imposed the sanction has to resolve the entire process. Of course, the term is renewed with each action that is in the process. Of course, it will be really difficult for you to get rid of it.
If you continue without exercising the payment obligation, the reporting entity, such as the DGT, will end up ignoring it, but another body will come into play: the Treasury. The Tax agency will be in charge of subtracting the money from the fine and possible surcharges. To do this, they will send you a notice that you have a new term to pay the fine through the procedure known as Providence of Enforcement. In the first place, with an additional surcharge of 10% on the original cost. Once this period ends, the cost will rise again up to 20%, including the costs of the notification itself and interest for the delay.
Ultimately, if we continue to ignore the notices, the final resolution could come in the form of embargo of accounts. Another alternative that is contemplated is discounting the amount of the amount that would have to be returned to the person in relation to their Income Statement, if this applies. So you would be left without money even if it goes “to return”.
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