Company tax

These notes are intended as a guideline to income tax in Spain and should not be used as a substitute for proper professional advice. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.


Major types of limited company in Spain

SA - Public Limited Company

  • Minimum 25% paid up share capital;
  • Minimum 60,000 Euros authorised share capital.

SL - Private Limited Company

  • Minimum share capital 3,000 Euros.

Legal obligations

All companies must submit annual accounts to its shareholders for approval. These must be approved within six months from the end of accounting period.

The audit limit is around six million Euros gross income. All companies need to submit annual accounts to the Mercantile Registry (Registro Mercantil).


Tax rates

The general rate of company tax is 25%.
There is a lower tax rate for newly-formed companies, which applies to the first two years in which it obtains a taxable profit. The rate is 15%.


Payment of Company Tax

The company tax return must be filed within 6 months and 25 days after end of accounting period. Payment by instalments of company tax is in April, October and December.

As a general rule, each instalment is 18% of the previous year's company tax liability. A separate method of calculation applies to large companies whose turnover in the previous year exceeds a set limit.


Calculation of taxable income

The Starting point is net profit per accounts, calculated in accordance with the Plan General de Contabilidad). Depreciation must be within the prescribed limits. Goodwill amortisation is allowable.

Movements in the following provisions are allowable for tax purposes: Doubtful debts, legal expenses, stock obsolescence, devaluation of securities, extraordinary repairs, unsold publications.

There is no distinction between long and short term gains. Tax losses can be carried forward for up to 10 years.


Disallowable items

  • Penalties and fines;
  • Corporation tax payments;
  • Gifts and donations other than to specifically approved organisations;
  • Expenditure on improvement and enhancement of capital assets;
  • Depreciation over maximum prescribed rates (unless it can be proved that this was the actual depreciation).

Capital Gains

Capital gains made by companies are taxable as part of profits.


Group relief

A consolidated tax return may be filed if an election is made before start of tax year. Only resident companies with a resident Ultimate Holding Company are included.

This election needs to be renewed every 3 years. There must be a 90% direct or indirect ownership for whole of both the current and prior tax year.


Rollover relief

This is available for reinvestment in the same kind of asset, between one year before and three years after disposal. Tax is paid equally over either the seven following years, or the actual depreciation period.

The new asset must be kept for seven years, or for its useful life if this is shorter.

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