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Is it legal to initiate a disciplinary procedure before the settlement agreement from which it originates is notified?

Is it legal to initiate a disciplinary procedure before the settlement agreement from which it originates is notified?

  • Por Alberto González Ferrer
  • 23rd of October 2020

The interests of a large number of taxpayers (individuals and corporations) were waiting for the Supreme Court to put the following question in black on white: whether or not it was legal to initiate disciplinary proceedings before notification of the settlement agreement from which it originated.

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Back to square one in executive directors´ remuneration.

Back to square one in executive directors´ remuneration.

  • Por Reyes Gil Serrano
  • 16th of September 2020

Analisis of the TEAC resolution of July 17, 2020, where it is once again initiated the debate on the deductibility of the remuneration of executive administrators, and its correlation with the “Relationship Principle” or “Teoría del Vínculo” in the mercantile sphere. This is an issue that had already been clarified with the new tax law and the binding doctrine of the DGT.

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Summer fiscal turbulences and future unknowns

Summer fiscal turbulences and future unknowns

  • Por Salvador Ruiz Gallud
  • 9th of September 2020

In the always tumultuous fiscal scene, the summer has brought three important administrative and judicial resolutions with contrary to taxpayers interests, perhaps representative of a future trend in need of reconsideration. Meanwhile, there are still unknowns about possible immediate changes in tax regulations, including taxation of assets.

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Setting up the Corporate Tax.

Setting up the Corporate Tax.

  • Por Manuel de Vicente-Tutor R.
  • 14th of July 2020

The months of June and July are usually used by drivers to prepare their vehicles for summer journeys. July is the Corporate Tax´s month, as the vast majority of companies file their returns in this month. This month of July has seen a major ruling by the Constitutional Court, which may have more consequences than those initially derived from the declaration of unconstitutionality it contains. For all these reasons, and in the same way that we are paying attention to our car, I believe that the time has come to stop and carry out a small review of the state of our Corporation Tax. Let's take step by step.

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The disregard of evidence in some tax procedures

The disregard of evidence in some tax procedures

  • Por Alberto González Ferrer
  • 1st of July 2020

In the last years, the tax authorities have focused on checking the sale of non-traded securities, often ignoring the existence of proof guidelines and relying instead on one of two objective methods.

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Labour gibberish: ERTES, ERES, paid leave...

Labour gibberish: ERTES, ERES, paid leave...

  • Por Manuel De Vicente-Tutor
  • 30th of March 2020

We have been homebound due to the declaration of the state of alarm since March 14th, which entails restrictions on the rights and guarantees laid down in the, mainly with regard the freedom of movement.

This situation is duly proportionate to the significant public health risks that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. And, for this reason, it has been assumed with calm and resignation by the citizens, who are setting an example of solidarity and civility.

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Inconsistent government resistance to the extension of the tax returns filing deadlines.

Inconsistent government resistance to the extension of the tax returns filing deadlines.

  • Por Salvador Ruiz Gallud
  • 23rd of March 2020

We are currently suffering from a historical health crisis with very important economic repercussions. On Friday the Governor of the Bank of Spain referred to this situation as an "unprecedented disturbance". It is therefore necessary and pressing to adopt public policies that, initially, mitigate the impact, and later allow the economy to be restarted as soon as possible.

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Deconstructing the public tax Administration's list of debtors.

Deconstructing the public tax Administration's list of debtors.

  • Por Salvador Ruiz Gallud
  • 19th of February 2020

Among the strategies used by the Administration to improve citizens' tax compliance is the annual publication of the identification data of taxpayers who owe more than one million euros to the Treasury, whether in tax payments, interest on late payments or penalties.

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Legal chaos around mortgage tax reform

Legal chaos around mortgage tax reform

  • Por Cristina Ruiz López
  • 13th of January 2020

Rural savings banks and credit unions have a special tax regime in Spain, mainly regulated by Law 20/1990, of December 19, on the Tax Regime of Cooperatives. This rule explicitly establishes in its article 33 that as protected cooperatives they are, and in spite of being these the lenders of a credit are exempt from paying the mortgage registration tax, whose duty falls exclusively on the client.

In this sense, the last modification introduced in the consolidated text of the Law on Tax on Patrimonial Transmissions and Documented Legal Acts (TRITP-AJD), approved by Royal Legislative Decree 1/1993, of September 24, in relation to the application of the tax benefits and exemptions granted by the TRITP-AJD or other laws in the Tax on Documented Legal Acts, raises questions about whether the provisions of article 33 of Law 20/1990 is an express provision for the purpose of maintaining the Exemption in the constitution and cancellation of mortgage loans granted by rural savings banks and credit unions.

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Tips to end the tax year 2019

Tips to end the tax year 2019

  • Por Irene Carrera Aguado
  • 17th of December 2019

A few days before the end of 2019, it is convenient to review certain practical accounting and tax issues that can help us to better plan the coming year, and even save us money in taxation. Therefore, we give some advices to take into account before this year’s end.

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Going around with taxation for severance payments

Going around with taxation for severance payments

  • Por Reyes Gil Serrano
  • 14th of October 2019

The judgment of the National Court of last July is in comments, in which, through the indiciary test, the application of the exemption in the Personal Income Tax of a compensation for severance payments agreed in an act of conciliation before the labor authorities is denied . The Tax Authorities and the aforementioned Court presume the existence of an agreement between the parties.

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Uncertainty about municipal capital gain continues

Uncertainty about municipal capital gain continues

  • Por Alberto González Ferrer
  • 10th of October 2019

The Supreme Court must resolve two new issues related to the Tax on increase in urban land value: first, whether it is possible to determine the taxable base according to the accounting result declared in the Corporation Tax; and, secondly, whether it is possible to update the acquisition value of the property according to the CPI or to some inflation correction mechanism.

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The miracle of the multiplication of tax debts

The miracle of the multiplication of tax debts

  • Por Irene Carrera Aguado
  • 3rd of April 2019

For years, the assignment of subsidiary liability to company managers was a relatively rare procedure, associated with cases of serious omissions of settlements and / or tax payments. However, for various reasons, this assignment of liability has become an increasingly common procedure in recent years, which has revealed several shortcomings in its regulation and implementation, which should be corrected as soon as possible to ensure equity, and proportionality in the procedures related to the collection action.

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Impending changes in Spanish SICAV

Impending changes in Spanish SICAV

  • Por Reyes Gil Serrano
  • 28th of January 2019

In recent years there has been an intense debate on the fiscal regime applicable to Spanish SICAV. The measures contained in the recently published Draft Law on General State Budgets for 2019 have important consequences on these entities, which must be analyzed by their shareholders in order to seek alternatives for action.

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Farms, sheep, cheese... and taxes

Farms, sheep, cheese... and taxes

  • Por Jesús Quintas
  • 31st of October 2018

The fact of introducing an anonymous author in certain way is often used in narrative. But in this case I was highly inspired by the announcement of a minimum tax for corporations, due to such low effective rate observed in these entities in recent times, particularly in big corporations. As this note is inspired by traditional fables and parables, its aim is no other than giving a value judgment, meaning that it might not be shared neither agreed by all readers.

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The fiscal and the economic-social dualization

The fiscal and the economic-social dualization

  • Por Jesús Quintas
  • 14th of September 2018

The conflict between development and redistribution is in the focus of the debates on the most appropriate economic policy. Quite often, the arguments in favor of the preeminence of one over the other are not so rooted in the analysis of the economic and social impact of the suggested measures, as on their popularity for the electors, with an increasing trend towards social duality. This social duality distorts the principle inspiring the creation of the modern state of law: charges must be approved by those on which such charges will be levied. This post poses three illustrative examples of such a situation.

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Parking fine, my battle won to the City Council

Parking fine, my battle won to the City Council

  • Por Alberto González Ferrer
  • 16th of July 2018

After two long years of proceedings against the Madrid City Council, the Contentious Administrative Court of Madrid has finally ruled in my favour: the controllers of the Municipal Regulated Parking Service (known by its acronym SER) are required to incorporate in the administrative file when signing a fine an image of the vehicle, in the form of photography, digital filming or other technological means, that allows them to endorse the complaint made. Not meeting this legal requirement, the fine would be illegal.

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Partner´s activity or company´s activity?

Partner´s activity or company´s activity?

  • Por Irene Carrera Aguado
  • 28th of June 2018

Much has been discussed lately about the legality or lack thereof of exercising economic activity through a company as opposed to channeling the same sort of activities through a partner of the latter, as well as the changes made in the Tax Authorities’ criteria. Nevertheless, this is not an issue that is new or that has undergone significant modifications in the recent past years, it is simply a litigious issue that has not yet been resolved.

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Continuous upheavals regarding administrators' remuneration

Continuous upheavals regarding administrators' remuneration

  • Por Salvador Ruiz Gallud
  • 7th of May 2018

The latest shock for our profession and clients arises from a sentence of the Supreme Court dated February 26, 2018, regarding the compliance in determining the executive directors' salary conditions.

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Radical change in Directors' remuneration in Spanish corporations. Comment on the Supreme Court Judgement of 26 February 2018.

Radical change in Directors' remuneration in Spanish corporations. Comment on the Supreme Court Judgement of 26 February 2018.

  • Por Pablo Olivera Masso
  • 5th of March 2018

Few matters in Spanish companies' law have been subject to so many diverse interpretations and contradictory court decisions as that one related with the regime of administrators' remuneration. The Supreme Court has given a ruling on Directors´ remuneration that implies a radical change in the way in which the applicable law needs to be interpreted.

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The takeover bid of ABERTIS and its administrative authorisations: the force of fate

The takeover bid of ABERTIS and its administrative authorisations: the force of fate

  • Por Pablo Olivera Masso
  • 24th of January 2018

The stormy progress of the takeover bid of ABERTIS and the hotness and coldness of its participants recall those romantic novels in which an outcome with tragic tinges different to those desired by its leading characters end up imposing themselves. The leading figures of these works cannot be removed from the force of destiny because, although they do not know it, the final outcome has already been written.

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Appointing by co-option of directors and it strange relations

Appointing by co-option of directors and it strange relations

  • Por Pablo Olivera Masso
  • 9th of March 2017

New doctrine of the Directorate General for Registers and Notaries that states that the power of the Board of Directors to appoint Directors expires or not depending on the agenda of the previous Boards of Directors.

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New case law on the articles of association requirements on the shares pricing

New case law on the articles of association requirements on the shares pricing

  • Por Pablo Olivera Masso
  • 31st of January 2017

Articles of Association of a limited liability company may include provisions by which the first refusal right can be exercised at book value and not at the market value of the shares.

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New case law on the requirements to sign notarial documents through attorneys in fact

New case law on the requirements to sign notarial documents through attorneys in fact

  • Por Pablo Olivera Masso
  • 18th of January 2017

Practical criteria on the formalities that must be used in signing public deeds in which a signatory appears represented a third party using a power of attorney.

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