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Navigating Royal Decree 1008/2023: A Detailed Exploration

Navigating Royal Decree 1008/2023: A Detailed Exploration

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General Introduction to Royal Decree 1008/2023:

Royal Decree 1008/2023 represents a significant response to modifications in Law 31/2022 and Law 28/2022 in Spain. Here, we break down the crucial changes these modifications introduce for international companies managing employees in Spain.

Modifications in Personal Income Tax Regulation

In-Kind Compensation: The redefinition of in-kind compensations presents challenges in benefit structuring. This change not only affects employee retention but also demands a detailed review of internal human resources policies. Companies must adapt to these new guidelines to maintain their appeal to talent.

Maternity Deduction: The expansion of eligible women for maternity deduction requires adjustments in internal policies. The removal of certain employment requirements necessitates companies to review their policies to ensure consistency with the new regulations.

Threshold Adjustments: The elevation of the annual gross salary threshold to €15,000 impacts the tax landscape. Employers must recalibrate their understanding of income levels subject to Personal Income Tax. This adjustment affects individuals earning up to €21,000 annually, and this section clarifies implications for both employees and employers.

Reporting Obligations and Advance Payments

Enhanced Reporting Requirements: Companies now face more rigorous reporting requirements. To meet these elevated standards, the following steps are suggested:

  • Implementation of Robust Reporting Systems: Companies must ensure their accounting and payroll systems are up-to-date and capable of generating accurate and detailed reports.

  • Staff Training: It is crucial to train staff responsible for report generation to ensure they understand the new requirements and can comply with them effectively.

  • Periodic Compliance Review: Periodic review of reporting compliance is recommended to identify and address potential issues promptly.

Detailed Guide for Adjustments in Advance Payments: Changes in rates and criteria for advance payments require a strategic review of payroll and payment processes. Here is a detailed guide to ensure compliance:

  • Review of Withholding Rates: Companies must review updated withholding rates and ensure they are applied correctly to employees.

  • Payroll Procedure Updates: Adjusting payroll procedures to reflect the new rates and criteria for advance payments is essential.

  • Professional Tax Advice: Given the complexity of the changes, seeking the advice of tax professionals is strongly recommended to ensure accuracy and compliance.

  • Communication with Employees: Companies should clearly communicate to employees any changes in advance payments to avoid misunderstandings and issues.

  • Internal Audit: An internal audit focused on advance payments can identify and correct potential issues before they become compliance problems.

By following these steps, companies can successfully navigate adjustments in advance payments, ensuring transparency and compliance with evolving tax regulations.

Modifications for Posted Workers, Entrepreneurs, and Investors

Modified Criteria for Posted Workers: To attract foreign talent and facilitate the movement of professionals, criteria for accessing the special regime have been modified. The comprehensive guide to complying with these changes includes:

  • Clear Definition of Entrepreneurial Activity: A clear definition of what constitutes entrepreneurial economic activity is provided. Companies must ensure their activities align with this definition.

  • Highly Qualified Professionals: Companies must clearly identify highly qualified professionals according to the specified criteria in the law.

  • Training, Research, Development, and Innovation (R&D&I) Activities: Companies must adequately document training, research, development, and innovation activities to reap the benefits of the special regime.

  • Option to Be Taxed under Non-Resident Income Tax: The option to be taxed under non-resident income tax is provided to minor children and spouses under certain conditions. Proper documentation and filing are essential.

Comprehensive Guide for Entrepreneurs and Investors

Exemption of Income from Employment for Share Delivery: For entrepreneurs offering shares as part of compensation, the exemption has been raised from €12,000 to €50,000 annually. The guide would include ensuring proper documentation of these transactions and effective communication with beneficiaries.

Modifications in the Tax Regime for Investors: Companies must review and adjust their tax strategies to adapt to modifications in the tax regime for investors. This could include changes in investment structures and tax planning.

Eligibility for the Special Regime: The guide should address in detail the specific eligibility criteria to ensure that companies meet the necessary conditions to apply the special regime.

Professional Advice: Given the complexity of the modifications, seeking the advice of tax professionals specialized in the field of entrepreneurs and investors is highly recommended.

By following this comprehensive guide, companies can optimize their tax position, leveraging the opportunities presented by legislative modifications for posted workers, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Adjustments in the Guarantee Contribution Regime and Withholdings

In this section, we will delve into the adjustments made in the Guarantee Contribution Regime and modifications in withholdings, ensuring a complete understanding and proper implementation of these measures.

Guarantee Contribution Regime

Guarantee Contribution for Financial Instrument Transactions:

New Post-Contractual Regulation: Law 6/2023 has introduced significant changes in post-contractual aspects in financial markets. Companies must review and update their guarantee contribution practices to comply with current regulations.

Role of Central Counterparty Entities (CCE): With the introduction of CCEs, companies must understand their crucial role in financial transactions and adjust their guarantee contribution procedures accordingly.

Risk Coverage in Different Markets: Regulation now extends beyond derivative products, also covering equity and fixed-income securities. Companies must adapt their guarantee contribution strategies to cover risks inherent in various operations.

Withholding Modifications

Adjustments in Withholding Rates:

Intellectual Property: The withholding rate on income derived from intellectual property is reduced to 7% in certain cases. Companies must identify and correctly apply this withholding adjustment.

Legal Obligation to Declare: The obligation to declare extends to those who have been registered in specific Social Security regimes. Companies must update their processes to reflect these changes and ensure compliance with the new provisions.

Criteria for Withholding Exclusion: Companies must thoroughly understand the criteria for withholding exclusion, especially in the context of the creation of literary, artistic, or scientific works. Professional advice is recommended to ensure proper compliance.


In conclusion, Royal Decree 1008/2023 brings forth a series of crucial adjustments in tax regulations, particularly in the realm of Personal Income Tax (PIT) and Corporate Income Tax.

These modifications, framed within the General State Budget Law and the Law for the Promotion of the Emerging Business Ecosystem, directly impact the tax obligations of international companies with employees in Spain.

At Employing In Spain, we understand the importance of staying updated with evolving tax regulations.

We are here to offer guidance and support to international companies operating in Spain, ensuring they efficiently adapt to these changes and comply with their tax obligations. If you need assistance with labor and tax matters, feel free to contact us.

We are committed to being your strategic partner in the ever-changing Spanish business environment.


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