Guide to the Most Common Spanish Tax Declarations

A brief foreword It will come as no surprise that Spain’s famously bureaucratic system has a truly rich array of tax forms that have to be filed by businesses and individuals. In this article we list and explain in brief terms the 21 most common tax forms that can apply to small scale businesses, both …

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A New Law for the Self Employed (Autonomos) in Spain

Self employed persons (autonomos) and small companies represent 95% of the Spanish economy. In particular, autónomos are very relevant to the growth of the Spanish economy although there have been very few incentives to stimulate the creation of small business from a tax and social security perspective. The Spanish Government made a timid effort in …

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Paying Company directors what they are worth

The dubious sight of well-paid businesspeople walking away from soon to be bankrupt companies—but not before pocketing millions of Euros (in some cases hundreds of millions of Euros)—rightly raised a stink, particularly with those less fortunate employees who lost their jobs and shareholders who lost their money. It was even more unedifying when directors at …

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No more tax filings by hand from 2014

From 2014, the possibility of filing the tax declarations by hand will gradually be disappearing, so that they only can be submitted by internet. Last year the Spanish Government announced that the tax law would be modified so that, from 1 January 2014, all tax declarations can only be submitted electronically, so the possibility of …

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

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 …

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

Election day on Sunday 20th November should produce a dramatic change in Government for Spain. But what will this mean? On Sunday, the Partido Popular, the centre right political party is expected to romp home with an overall majority of the 350 member Congress of Deputies, Spain’s lower legislative house. The newspapers predict that the …

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Possible Revolutionary New VAT Law for Small Businesses

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. All the political parties have backed a proposed change in law to modify the current VAT law for smaller self employed businesses and companies, so …

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Tax Office Fights Against Tax Evasion

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. In the Spanish system ‘substantial …

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