The income tax return for 2015 is due soon! From 6th of april you can submit your taxes in Spain. Are you ready?

Income tax return in Spain and Costa Blanca

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The income tax return  for 2015 is due soon! From 6th of april you can submit your taxes in Spain. Are you ready? As a general rule, everyone has a duty to present the Income Tax return for income from the 1st of January to the 31st of December.

The exceptions to the rule (those who are not obliged to declare Income Tax) are:

  • Those who obtain a global yearly income of no more than 1.000 €, regardless of the nature of the income.
  • Those who have losses in their Capital Gains of 500 € or more.
  • Those who exclusively receive one or more of the following Incomes:

A. Salaries or pensions, with the following limits:

1. As a general rule those who receive up to 22.000 € from only one payer.
2. Those who receive up to 22.000 € from more than one payer providing that they also comply with the circumstances below:

  • The amount of the income received jointly by the second and further payers does not exceed 1.500 €.
  • That the sole income received is the described in Article 17.2.a of Law 35/2006 and according to the special regulations there has been a retention at source. (those incomes from Social Security pensions, Government, disability, retirement, pension schemes, amongst others).

3. Those who receive up to 12.000 € when any of the following circumstances arise:

  • When it proceeds from more than one payer and the addition of the second and further pensions/salaries are together over 1.500 €.
  • The income has the nature of divorce maintenance.
  • The payer is not obliged to retain according to the regulations. (for example: pensions from abroad).
  • When the income is subject to a fixed rate of retention (for example: company directors).

B. Net Returns of movable assets and Capital Gains

Both subject to retention, with a limit for both of 1.600 €.

C. Deemed Income

Deemed Income provided from tenancy of second home, returns from movable assets without retentions (treasury debts) and subsidiaries to buy an officially protected house, with the limit of 1.000 €.
Apart from the above exclusions, there is an obligation to declare an Income Tax return those tax payers with a right to deductions from:

  • Investment in special account for the purchase of a home.
  • International Double Taxation.
  • Contributions to disabled persons individual assets.
  • Pension plans.
  • Insured pension plans and others.
  • Dependency insurance.

Note that these limits are per tax return. If you decide on a joint return, the same limits apply (there’s no increase in the limit).

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The One Thing That Will Make or Break Any Small Business, by Vives Pons & Asociados

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You founded your business on a great idea, and you execute on that idea superbly.
But to stay successful, there’s one more critical thing you need to do: get on top of cash flow before it gets on top of you. It’s the reason companies with perfectly respectable paper profits can plunge into bankruptcy. Why?

More customers = more complexity

The quick answer is that running a business, even a very profitable one, costs money. You might be seeing growing sales and happy customers, but you’re also spending on materials, staff and premises while servicing finance.

When businesses grow, they quickly become more complex. This complexity makes it more difficult to see the cash position now, and forecast what it will be in weeks’ and months’ time.
When you have just a few customers, keeping on top of their payments is fairly easy. You can do it in your head. But if you have hundreds of customers, who’s checking when they will all pay? Do you know if they’re paying late? Is anyone chasing them for payment?

Manage spend wisely

The same applies to spending. Understanding cash flow is critical when working with suppliers. You need to understand how many suppliers you have, what you pay them, and when.
For example, do you spend more with a supplier to get a high-volume discount on materials, or keep hold of cash and buy in small amounts at a higher price? It’s impossible to make these decisions without knowing and forecasting your cash position.

Timing capital investments

Meanwhile, growing businesses require more capital. At some point, if you’re ambitious, you’ll need to make some big decisions. When do you need larger premises? When do you need a bigger IT system? If you’re making things, do you need more machinery? Do you need to hire more people?
You’ll need to make these investments if you are to keep your customers (and your employees) happy. Crucially, you’ll need to do so before they pay you. And it would be suicidal to do so if you don’t understand the cash position of the business, now and in the future. Remember you’ll also need to keep the business running day to day, spending on bills, taxes, small items, travel and rent.

Don’t lose sight of cash

Small business owners are often very focused on gaining new customers and satisfying the ones they have.
The problem is, if no-one is focusing on liquidity, things can go wrong very quickly. If two customers fail to pay substantial invoices in the same week you settle a big supplier bill, you have to hope the bank will extend your finance. If it doesn’t, you could be in trouble.
It’s worth repeating that this frequently happens in otherwise successful, growing businesses – and often causes their downfall.

Get a cashflow forecast in place

Accountants will tell you that cash flow problems rarely occur out of the blue. The chances are the warning signs have been there for a while, but no-one has noticed them.
The vital question is: do you know what your cash position will be in six months’ time? If not, you may struggle to cope when things go wrong. If you can forecast that far forward, and it doesn’t look good, you still have time to put in place a strategy to make it through the difficult growth period.

And it’s important not to confuse the bank balance with the cash book. Managing the business from the bank balance is like driving a car by looking only in the rear view mirror. You’re seeing what’s gone past, not the pothole you’re about to hit. A good cashbook will lead to better forecasting.

The right tools can help

The tools for efficient bookkeeping are getting easier to use and are available, via the cloud, on a pay-as-you-go basis. Conquering cash flow won’t hold you back; it will be a catalyst for driving the business forward. Doing it proactively is more efficient than firefighting, and gives you more time to spend with customers and keep the business growing.

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No matter what kind of work you do, if you want to succeed running small business you need to master the books. But how are you finding that task? Take our quiz to understand your style of financial management and get tips on how to improve.

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