Tenerife Lawyer Solicitor: Advice & Practical legal information on Spanish Law
Author: J. Escobedo
I am a member of the Tenerife Law Society since 1989 with a dedicated team for anyone who needs an immediate answer or long term solution to any practical or legal issues appertaining to any property or business investment in Spain.
If you have decided to move to Spain to start a new life, whether that´s buying a property or a business, then you will definitely need the services of a good Spanish Lawyer who is fully conversant with Spanish protocol and who has a good command of the English language.
I am based in the south of Tenerife and I am specialist in Property Law, Inheritance issues and taxes as well as Tenerife and Canarian law and a great deal more.
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All my friendly and professional staff are fluent in English. We have been working for foreign clientes for over 25 years in Tenerife, providing legal advice and litigation services to all our clients investing throughout the whole of Spain and we pride ourselves on providing a high quality service to our clients in the form of clearer communication and advice.
Spain’s autonomous communities have devolved powers to legislate in certain tax matters. In the case we are examining here, that of inheritance and gift tax, the Canaries enjoys certain tax benefits for children and spouses that are greater than in other autonomous communities, specifically:heirs belonging to groups I and II (spouse, parents and children) are granted a 99.9% discount of the tax payable on lifetime gifts (“inter vivos”) provided that the donation is formalized in a notarial deed.
Spouses, descendants and adopted children also enjoy a 95% reduction on the net value of elements of a business or professional activity developed by the donor, provided that a series of requirements are met. Continue reading “INHERITANCE & GIFT TAX UPDATE”
Let’s imagine, for the sake of argument, that you have signed a long-term contract which established obligations or provision of long-term services, and suddenly you find your circumstances changed dramatically (eg. death of the person who had to provide the contracted services) … even a global economic recession .. or indeed any circumstances that are extremely burdensome on one of the contracting parties (terminal or chronic illness), then there exist exceptional legal grounds for annulling a clause in the contract (the usual procedure) or even the termination of the contract itself by means of the “rebus sic stantibus” clause. This legal remedy should be used sparingly. Continue reading “WHAT TO DO WITH A SIGNED LONG-TERM CONTRACT WHEN FACED WITH AN UNFORESEEN CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES AFFECTING COMPLIANCE WITH ITS TERMS”
Given the numerous enquiries and questions received in respect of Decree 113/2015, of May 22, which approved the regulation of holiday homes in the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands (BOC No. 101 of 05/28/2015), the Canarian Tax Authorities have announced on their website that a vivienda vacacional rental (defined as a temporary holiday let to someone in exchange for money and which has been advertised in tourism-related channels) is an activity subject to, and not exempt from, Canarian Indirect General Tax (IGIC). Continue reading “TAXATION OF VIVIENDA VACACIONAL (PRIVATE HOLIDAY RENTAL) PROPERTIES”
The Spanish budget for 2018 was meant to have been approved in September 2017, but due to political instability in Spain and the lack of sufficient support to pass the budget, it had to be postponed. With no 2018 budget confirmed at the start of the year, the 2017 budget was automatically extended until the new one could be approved. Continue reading “SUMMARY OF THE MEASURES WHICH MAY AFFECT RESIDENTS OF SPAIN”