General Legal & Financial

Spain Reintroduces Wealth Tax

08/06/2017

Aimed at those with holdings valued at €700,000 or more, the tax has been reintroduced at the behest of the candidate for Prime Minister, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, who has been accused of introducing a populist measure to bolster his candidacy rather than seriously address the country’s economic problems. It has been pointed out that at […]

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Relocating Employees to Madrid

09/11/2015
Relocating Employees to Madrid

Relocating an employee to live in another country is now a commonplace requirement for any international company, while individuals also seek worldwide job opportunities. Moving an employee to Madrid represents a number of particular challenges, particularly with language but also culture.

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Income Tax Spain 2011: How to Reduce your tax obligation

03/10/2014

Once again into the breach…Income Tax return time is upon us again and while it doesn’t seem like we have put away the Christmas decorations here we are facing the annual tax evasion avoidance manoeuvres once again. While many foreign residents in Spain are not working they are still required to make an annual income […]

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Tax amnesty uncovers assets worth €40bn held outside Spain

22/10/2013
Tax amnesty uncovers assets worth €40bn held outside Spain

The head of the Spanish Tax authority (AEAT) Santiago Menéndez has announced that more than 130,000 tax residents in Spain (including 1500 companies) have declared ownership of more than 87,000 assets worth a total of more than €40bn worth of assets held outside Spain as a result of the recent amnesty that required any foreign assets […]

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New Criminal Justice Bill Approved by the Government (Part 2)

27/09/2013
New Criminal Justice Bill Approved by the Government (Part 2)

In Part I we looked at a number of areas of the criminal law that are the focus of the new criminal justice bill 2013, including those relating to Financial Crimes and Corruption, Confiscation of the Proceeds of Crime, Increased Protection for Women, Protection of Minors, Intellectual Property Rights and Internet Pirating, as well as […]

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New Criminal Justice Bill Approved by the Spanish Government (Part 1)

26/09/2013
New Criminal Justice Bill Approved by the Spanish Government (Part 1)

The Government has just announced the latest overhaul of the Spanish criminal justice system, with new crimes and new penalties announced  while existing penalties have been stiffened for certain crimes and changes to other offences where convictions were previously difficult to achieve. The new bill has now been sent for final approval by Parliament. What […]

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State Liable for injuries caused to driver as a result of uncovered manhole

20/09/2013
State Liable for injuries caused to driver as a result of uncovered manhole

The High Court in Madrid has upheld an appeal by a driver who was injured when the car they were driving struck an open manhole at the side of the road, causing the car to overturn. The court heard how the driver, only recently qualified, was driving on the A-91 motorway near Lorca, Murcia when […]

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Age of Consent to be raised in new Crime Bill

10/09/2013
Age of Consent to be raised in new Crime Bill

The Spanish government is planning to increase to sixteen the age at which young people may consent to sexual intercourse. At thirteen years old, Spain currently has one of the lowest ages of consent in Europe.  In addition plans are afoot to increase the minimum age at which an individual may marry, which currently stands […]

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Spanish Government Passes Law to Reduce Pensions Bill

16/08/2013
Spanish Government Passes Law to Reduce Pensions Bill

The government has published legislation with the objective of making the pensions bill in Spain sustainable over the long term. The principle means through which this is to be achieved is by extending the term of the working life by making  it more difficult to take early retirement and by increasing the participation of older […]

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Draft Road Traffic Laws Approved by Spanish Cabinet

12/08/2013
Draft Road Traffic Laws Approved by Spanish Cabinet

At the end of July 2013 the Spanish Cabinet approved a number of important changes to the legislation covering Road Traffic Laws  that will introduce new requirements for road users in Spain – and not just for drivers, but also cyclists and even pedestrians.     There are a number of measures that the government […]

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Non-EU citizens must invest €500,000 in property to obtain Spanish residency permit

03/07/2013
Non-EU citizens must invest €500,000 in property to obtain Spanish residency permit

More details have emerged  on the composition of the residency visa in Spain for non-EU citizens who invest in real estate in Spain. The legislation will be included in the new Ley de Emprendedores which will be approved by the Senate in July.     Increase in Investment Amount While rumours emanating from the government […]

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Spanish Court Taxes and Family Law Proceedings

28/06/2013
Spanish Court Taxes and Family Law Proceedings

  Recent changes have been made by the Spanish government regarding the application of the highly contentious Court taxes to family law proceedings. What are the changes and what costs do litigants now face? The new taxes were originally brought in by the Judicial Taxes Act 2010 (as modified by Royal Decree 3/2013) whereby it […]

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Spanish Workers Exempt From Payment of New Court Taxes

20/06/2013
Spanish Workers Exempt From Payment of New Court Taxes

The Supreme Court in Madrid has ruled that new taxes – imposed by Jose Luis Zapatero’s PSOE government in 2010  for individuals undertaking  Court proceedings – do not apply to workers pursuing court action relating to employment matters. Confusion had arisen because, under the existing legislation relating to free legal aid (Ley de Asistencia Jurídica […]

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Income from New Vehicle Registrations in Spain Down 23% in Year to April

28/05/2013
Income from New Vehicle Registrations in Spain Down 23% in Year to April

  The fall in the first four months has reached 30%, according to figures released by Hacienda, the Spanish Tax Authority. The concept of registration tax collection stood at 23.2 million euros during the month of April, representing a decrease of 22.8% compared to the same month in 2012, according to the tax agency information […]

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Arrested in Spain: What You Should (and shouldn’t) Do

20/11/2012

Having recently had to assist a client with an incident involving the Police in Palma de Mallorca, it occurred to me how much more worrisome and frightening this situation must be for those who do not speak Spanish. So, here are a few bits of advice and insight for anyone caught-up in this situation…/mallorca-articles/arrested-in-spain

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Getting a Mortgage in Spain After Divorce

11/06/2012

A practical aspect of divorce in Spain is that a new home is usually required by at least one of the spouses. Of course, if you continue to be obligated to pay the mortgage on the matrimonial home, you will be effectively applying for a second mortgage and you are going to find that while […]

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Debt Recovery from Debtors Across Europe

05/04/2012
Debt Recovery from Debtors Across Europe

A European-wide procedure for dealing with debt recovery, in existence since 2006, allows a creditor to initiate an action to recover debt in Spain even though the debtor is in another EU country (with the exception of Denmark). In order to pursue a debtor via the procedure known as a ‘European Order for Payment’ the […]

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Ideas on Recovering Debt in Spain

04/04/2012
Ideas on Recovering Debt in Spain

The art to running a good business lies not in selling but in getting paid, or so goes an old Spanish refrain. Of course this has even more significance at a time when 600,000 businesses in Spain have collapsed as a result of being caught in a chain of bad debt due to the current […]

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Covering Spanish Loan Repayments if Unemployment Looms

02/03/2012
Covering Spanish Loan Repayments if Unemployment Looms

The financial crisis is taking a huge toll on jobs, nowhere more so than in Spain. So if you are worried that your job could face the chop, is there anything you can do to avoid problems with repaying the mortgage or other personal loans? Consumer Eroski takes a look at what options are available […]

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Will owning a Property in Spain make you liable to the Wealth Tax?

02/12/2011
Will owning a Property in Spain make you liable to the Wealth Tax?

Check out the most complete guide available in English on Spanish Property Law. Over the period of 1995 to 2007, the average prices of property in Spain increased a massive 155%, falling only 22% since then. While this has meant either a windfall profit or an ever decreasing possibility of ever getting on the property […]

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Owed Money? Pursuing Debtors in Spain

15/09/2011
Owed Money? Pursuing Debtors in Spain

For legal assistance with debt recovery in Spain, go to: Debt Recovery Spain Setting-up a business in Spain comes with all sorts of hurdles to be overcome – many of which are not easy. One thing that many will come across, unfortunately, is the situation where we are owed money by a client who, for […]

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‘Programa Prepara’ offers Long Term Unemployed €400 per month

14/09/2011
‘Programa Prepara’ offers Long Term Unemployed €400 per month

The Secretary of State for Employment in Spain, Mari Luz Rodriguez, released figures which show that a total of 150,000 people took part in ‘Programa Prepara’ during the first six months of it’s existence. The back to work programme is managed by the department for employment and is aimed at those who have exhausted their […]

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Spanish Govt. Assistance For Carers of Children with Serious Illnesses

12/08/2011
Spanish Govt. Assistance For Carers of Children with Serious Illnesses

New legislation that provides for economic assistance for parents or carers of children who suffer from cancer or other serious illnesses came into force this month, but with retroactive effect from January 2011. The legislation contemplates a list of 108 illnesses that may be updated from time to time by Ministerial Order and applies typically […]

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Car Tyre Subsidy Plan for Spain

26/05/2011
Car Tyre Subsidy Plan for Spain

  60,000 vehicle owners in Spain will be able to benefit from a new plan announced by the Spanish government to subsidise the replacement of car tyres. The grants, worth €20 per tyre or €80 per car, will be made available from June 10th 2011 and will be limited to four tyres per person and […]

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€6,000 grants for Electric Car purchase in Spain

09/05/2011
€6,000 grants for Electric Car purchase in Spain

  The Spanish government has set aside €72m for financial grants to facilitate the purchase of electric cars in Spain in 2011. The government will provide a grant of 25% of the net value (before tax value) of the electric car  up to a value of €6,000. The subsidy will be administered by an entity […]

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State Assistance if Unemployment Benefits Run out

27/04/2011
State Assistance if Unemployment Benefits Run out

The Spanish government has issued modifications to the ‘back to work’ programme that provides financial assistance to those participating in a training programme having already exhausted their unemployment benefits. The new guidelines are laid out in Ley 01/2011 and determine the specifics of who may benefit from the special programme. Those who benefit under the […]

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‘Doctoring’ a sick note is cause for dismissal in Spain

26/04/2011
‘Doctoring’ a sick note is cause for dismissal in Spain

    Altering a sick note to falsely prolong it’s effect is sufficient to merit the dismissal of an employee for causing the loss of trust and confidence maintained in them by their employer. Such was the decision of the Civil Appeal Court hearing the case of an employee who  altered a sick note he […]

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Unemployed in Spain: Drawing down a Pension

26/04/2011
Unemployed in Spain: Drawing down a Pension

Since 2007 the economic crisis has continued to batter the finances of  Spanish and non-Spanish residents alike and with unemployment remaining stubbornly high, the question arises as to what can be done when unemployment benefits run out? Ordinarily the only options open to anyone who has exhausted their unemployment benefits would be to have recourse […]

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