Changes were enacted on July 11, 2015, in Spain by means of a Royal Decree that developed the rules concerning the so-called exit tax with respect to the unrealized capital gains on shares when a taxpayer ceases to be resident in Spain. In addition, the rules were modified affecting the calculation of the tax due and the documentation requirements in respect of the Special Tax Regime for impatriates. This newsletter also reports on the latest modifications to the Non Residents Income Tax Regulation.
As we reported in GMS Flash Alert 2015-094 (July 31, 2015), changes were enacted on July 11, 2015, in Spain by means of a Royal Decree that developed the rules concerning the so-called exit tax with respect to the unrealized capital gains on shares when a taxpayer ceases to be resident in Spain. In addition, the rules were modified affecting the calculation of the tax due and the documentation requirements in respect of the Special Tax Regime for impatriates.
These changes clarify certain questions and challenges that arose with respect to tax compliance under the rules governing the taxation on capital gains when a change of residence occurs (the “exit tax”) and the Special Tax Regime for Impatriates. These changes should streamline administrative burdens, foster better compliance, and potentially lower tax burdens.
Employers of international assignees should take note of the important amendments that were introduced to the rules for the calculation of the tax due for individuals taxed under the Special Tax Regime for Impatriates, including a new tax relief to avoid double taxation. This could advantageously impact their international assignment costs.
On July 11, 2015, measures in Spain’s Royal Decree 633/20151 were introduced modifying the Personal Income Tax Regulation (PITR) and Non Residents Income Tax Regulation (NRITR). The amendments follow on the recent changes made to the Personal Income Tax Law (PITL) and Non Residents Income Tax Law (NRITL) with effect from January 2015, which we previously had reported on in Flash International Executive Alert 2014-120, December 18, 2014.
In this newsletter, we discuss the changes to:
The recent modifications to the PITL introduced new taxation on unrealized gains on shares (including collective investment institutions). As such, when the taxpayer ceases to have resident tax status, taxation on capital gains derived from shares might operate. This ‘new’ exit tax will only be applied in cases of shares whose value exceed EUR 4,000,000, or EUR 1,000,000, if the taxpayer’s holdings, as a percentage share, exceed 25 percent. (For prior coverage of changes to this regime, see Flash International Executive Alert 2014-120, December 18, 2014.)
This income is only subject to taxation when the taxpayer has been considered resident in Spain for tax purposes for at least 10 years during the prior 15 fiscal years.
The PITR establishes the deadline to report those unrealized gains, the requirements to apply for a deferral of the tax due, or for an extension in the cases of a temporary transfer to certain other countries, as well as the requirements regarding the communications and deadline for purposes of reporting the gain (where a transfer to another European Union (EU) country has occurred).
The PITR establishes special rules for the calculation of the tax due and defines the documents that have to be filed to request the Special Tax Regime for impatriates. (For prior coverage of changes to this regime, see Flash International Executive Alert 2014-120, December 18, 2014.)
A brief summary of the latest modifications with regards to the NRITR is provided below:
1 Please see, Real Decreto 633/2015, de 10 de julio, por el que se modifican el Reglamento del Impuesto sobre la Renta de las Personas Físicas, aprobado por el Real Decreto 439/2007, de 30 de marzo, y el Reglamento del Impuesto sobre la Renta de no Residentes, aprobado por el Real Decreto 1776/2004, de 30 de julio at: http://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2015/07/11/pdfs/BOE-A-2015-7770.pdf.
For further information or assistance, please contact your local GMS or People Services practice professional or one of the following professionals with the KPMG International member firm in Spain:
Gonzalo Alvarez-Yuste Alonso De Peralta
Tel. +34 91 451 32 98
Igor Diego Angulo
Tel. +34 91 456 34 00
Maria Ines Maestre De Robles
Tel. +34 91 456 34 00
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Spain.
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