The money that the couple receives as a gift at their wedding should be declared to the Treasury, but no couple does. The Tax Agency also does not usually investigate it, according to official sources. "The inspectors do not bother about these amounts," explains Jesús Sanmartín, president of the Registry of Tax Advisors of the General Council of Economists.
The traditional envelope with 100 or 200 euros that the guests deliver in hand to the couple is considered a donation for tax purposes. It is regulated in the regional tax on inheritance and donations, which varies in each region. The newlyweds have 30 days to settle the tax. But in practice no couple does it because Hacienda does not pursue these small amounts.
The sector of weddings lives a certain psychosis for the alleged persecution of the Treasury against the fraud of the sector. A case occurred four years ago in Asturias has contributed to feed the black legend that the Tax Agency inspects the couple: the tax office questioned 350 couples for alleged fraud in the restaurant where they celebrated the banquet. Hacienda only resorted to couples as witnesses. The treasury, however, does have its focus on the establishments that organize banquets and may charge a portion in black. It also pursues those who put flowers, orchestras and other entrepreneurs who could bill a part of their services in b. To clarify some of these cases, the Treasury does contact the couple to collect information, ask for invoices or some payment information.