Spence Clarke & Co. Chartered Accountants - Tax Consultants - Company Law

Taxing a rent free commercial property

Miguel Ángel Blanca Prieto 27 November 2015

Picture the scene: with youth unemployment in Spain currently hovering around the 50 per cent mark for under 25s (source Eurostat), you decide to give your son a helping hand by letting him set up business in an empty shop you happen to own.

Property owning companies: Don't trust the bar stool experts!

Alistair Spence Clarke 12 November 2015

Those of you who have lived in Spain for many years will probably have been regaled in the past with tales of how people had managed to escape tax liabilities by buying their properties through 'holding companies.'

Spain's new VAT cash accounting regime - Or, how to turn a good idea into a bad one

Michael Egan 30 October 2013

When I heard that Spain was bringing in a new VAT cash accounting system, I was stunned. The first thought: how very progressive for Spain. However, then I read the law and how it will work, I quickly changed my mind, it would seem that the lawyers and governmental bureaucrats who wrote the law just do not know how small businesses work in the real world.

New tax incentives for property purchase in Spain

Alistair Spence Clarke 09 July 2012

A few weeks ago the Spanish Government introduced another important tax incentive for property purchasers in a bid to kick start the moribund property market and help the banks get rid of their stock of repossessed properties. It is worth comparing Spain's property tax incentives to the massive French tax increases on foreign property owners. If there was ever a time to buy in Spain, this is it.

Will Rajoy Have What it Takes After the Spanish Elections on Sunday?

Alistair Spence Clarke 18 November 2011

Election day on Sunday 20th November should produce a dramatic change in Government for Spain. But what will this mean?

Possible Revolutionary New VAT Law for Small Businesses

Alistair Spence Clarke 07 May 2010

There is a new proposal for a substantial change in VAT law that will allow small scale self employed businesses and companies to pay VAT on their real sales income.

Tax Office Fights Against Tax Evasion

Alistair Spence Clarke 07 April 2010

The Spanish Government intends to approve a number of changes in legislation to strengthen the tax office's armoury against the black economy and tax fraud. They propose to modify the Penal Code so that substantial tax fraud may be penalised with up to 6 years (currently four years) in jail.