Covid-19 Tax provisions to assist businesses during the crisis 20/3/2020

To date, the provisions incorporated into new tax legislation to help businesses during the Covid-19 crisis are not particularly wide-ranging. In this article we describe these in full. Postponement of tax payments available to small businesses All businesses whose sales for the year ended 31 December 2019 were less than 6.010.121,04€ have the right to …

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Covid-19 Declaration of the State of Alarm 14/03/2020

For many weeks we have all been observing the outbreak of this disease with a kind of detached fascination – but reality has finally struck home in Spain. With effect from 14 March, the Government declared a ‘State of Alarm’ using legislation that dates back to 1981. This allows the Administration extraordinary powers for the …

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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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The New Obligation of Gibraltar Financial Institutions to Provide Automatic Exchange of Tax Information to The Spanish Tax Office

As part of the recent agreements of exchange of tax information subscribed by Gibraltar for cooperation in tax matters, the Gibraltar financial institutions will be reporting to the Spanish tax office the relevant tax information of all their account holders, including income on earnings, tax withheld and tax residency status. The first reporting will take …

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New law in Andalucía to regulate holiday letting

A new law was passed on 3/2/2016 to force landlords in Andalucia to register properties used for holiday letting. The fines for ignoring this law are truly draconian with a minimum of 18,000€ and maximum of 150,000€. An estimated 400,000 properties in Andalucia will be affected. This law has been several years in coming and …

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The new international disclosure rules

More than 90 countries have now signed up to the automatic information system, including most tax havens and the other bad boys like Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Cyprus (to name but a few!). There is now no place left to hide except places where you would have to be very brave to leave your money. …

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Taxing a rent free commercial property

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. As he is your child and you don’t need the money, …

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

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’. In fact such ‘bar stool experts’ offering dubious advice still exist—although it is highly doubtful that they are …

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