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Marbella Rugby club under threat

Marbella rugby fans could be left without somewhere to enjoy their favorite sport as there local club has had its accounts frozen by the tax office.

Marbella Rugby Club has been in existence for 3 decades and today has 350 boys (and girls). The Club punches above it’s weight, having won the Spanish National Championships numerous times for different age groups. Marbella Rugby Club has produced Spanish national players and some ex MRC players play today for top teams in England and France.


The Club´s survival is under threat due to a tax scandal, again, surprise, surprise, due to Marbella´s handling of urbanistic affairs and tax collection. The Club’s bank accounts have been frozen and €30,000 has been ¨stolen¨ from their accounts. Parents have been asked to stop paying their monthly fees as these would be confiscated under the embargo. 350 kids and Marbella´s image are at stake.


The Presidents communication.

Faced with the information published in the press today, January 24, 2017, the Club states the following:
We confirm that the bank account of the Club has been embargoed by the Provincial Collection of Malaga. Right now the balance on that account is 0.
This embargo is due to the unpaid IBI on the part of the club on the use of the land on which the field of play and the registered office is based. The collection patronage requires payment of the last four tax periods (from 2011 to 2016) for a total amount, including surcharges, of € 112,238.27 The Club has never been required to pay such Tax. It has never been considered by the tax office itself as a tax obligator to pay the property tax.
Even if that were the case, the value of the land on which the club’s facilities were based, had a value of 15,000,000 Pesetas (€ 90,000). This would imply a tax of around 500 € per year and not the 29,000 € per year now required. This increase is caused by the increase in the cadastral  value of the land, which now amounts to no less than € 4,202,565.
The Club was at no time notified of the change in the value of the land as required by law and therefore could not oppose such increase. Neither has it been notified of the debt that is applied to it, being the first news that has had on the matter, the embargo of the above bank account.
To a greater extent, such an exaggerated increase has been justified by the change of land use granted by the General Plan of Urban Planning of the year 2010 which, as is well known, HAS BEEN DECLARED NULL BY SENTENCE OF THE SUPREME COURT.
Lastly, the Club considers that the assignment of the use of the land made by the City of Marbella in 1992 was carried out free of charge and only imposed on the Club the obligation to pay maintenance costs, not including payment of the IBI.
For all these considerations, the Club has decided to urgently appeal and requests the suspension of the embargo as long as our appeal is not resolved.

It is the firm intention of the Club to exhaust all the administrative and judicial instances to avoid the unjustified and disproportionate payment of the tax that is now demanded of us.

The payment of IBI, both accumulated debt and future annuities, jeopardizes the livelihood of this club, which, with moderate income, manages to maintain a rugby school and the social work that entails.

We are confident that the City Council of Marbella and the respective administrations will resolve in our favor and thus be able to continue with our social work, which is none other than to train great athletes and even better people.

Francisco J. García Caro


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