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Madrid Region to reduce Sales Tax on Resale Home Purchases

30/10/2013
Madrid Region to reduce Sales Tax on Resale Home Purchases

The President of the regional government in Madrid, Ignacio González, has announced that from next year, sales tax on the purchase of a resale home in the Madrid area will be reduced from 7% to 6%. This will make Madrid the region with the lowest sales tax on resale properties in Spain. In addition, IAJD […]

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Simplified license application process for new businesses to be Extended

29/10/2013
Simplified license application process for new businesses to be Extended

The new application process for licensed business activities in Spain, often referred to as the ‘express license’ process – which removes the requirement to apply for a license for specific types of establishment before commencing trading – is to be extended to new businesses with larger  premises. The measure was introduced in 2012, initially for […]

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Pregnant employee’s dismissal not unfair as happened during trial period

23/10/2013
Pregnant employee’s dismissal not unfair as happened during trial period

The Supreme Court has taken the opportunity of hearing a case involving the dismissal of a pregnant woman from her place of work to consider the boundaries of the employment protection laws in Spain, in particular Article 55.5.b of the Ley de Estatuto de los Trabajadores (Law  39/1999) which is the principal legislation in this […]

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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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Registering Your Business in Spain via Spanish Consulates

17/10/2013
Registering Your Business in Spain via Spanish Consulates

The Spanish government has announced a pilot programme to permit non-residents who wish to set-up a business in Spain to carry-out the registration of the business, and obtain a fiscal number (NIF – Número Identidad Fiscal) via the Spanish consulate in their home country. The pilot will start with eight consulates, located in Amsterdam, Brussels, […]

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Consumer Protection Laws Strengthened in Relation to Online and Telephone Purchases

15/10/2013
Consumer Protection Laws Strengthened in Relation to Online and Telephone Purchases

The Spanish Cabinet has in the past week agreed on new legislation to be presented to Parliament for it’s approval that will strengthen consumer rights relating to contracts for the purchase of goods and services that are concluded at distance. A contract is said to be concluded at distance if the transaction takes place  either […]

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Company permitted to monitor employee’s email account – Constitutional Court

10/10/2013
Company permitted to monitor employee’s email account – Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court in Madrid has ruled that the monitoring of an employee’s email account by the employer company did not infringe the employee’s constitutional right to privacy nor the right under the Spanish Constitution not to have private communications intercepted, particularly those communications made by telephone, telegraph, or post, in the absence of a […]

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Contract to purchase off-plan property could not be rescinded as developer unaware works license had been revoked

08/10/2013
Contract to purchase off-plan property could not be rescinded as developer unaware works license had been revoked

A couple in the La Rioja region of northern Spain who attempted to have a contract for the purchase of an off-plan apartment declared null and void due to delays in completing the apartment have had their appeal to the Supreme Court turned down. The court heard that the couple had agreed to purchase the […]

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