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The Beckham Law: Guide for new residents in Spain

Taxes, a commonly discussed matter and of everyone’s interest when it comes to optimizing your payments.

What is the Beckham Law Tax?

The Beckham law is well known as a special regime, where a better taxation method is applied, for those who are working and living in Spain but qualify to pay taxes as a non-resident. Its legal reference in Spain is the “Ley del IRPF” but it gained its commercial name, because of the football player David Beckham, benefiting from this regime.


This regime can be enjoyed for a period of 6 years but, those who are interested in applying for it, several conditions must be fulfilled and complied for the following 6 years:


You cannot have been a resident in Spain in the previous 10 tax periods.

Employment Contract

The reason you move to Spain is for work and for this you must have a working contract.

Administration of an entity

If you are not moving for work reasons, that you have obtained the status of the administrator of an entity in whose capital you do not have a shareholding, or if you do have a shareholding, that this condition does not determine its consideration as a related entity.

The Income

The income cannot be obtained through a permanent establishment in Spain.

Not have self-employed activity

The interested party cannot have a self-employed activity, such as free-lance for example.

Notification 149

Fill in the form 149 which consists of the notification to the Tax Office in Spain (Hacienda) that you opt for the special personal income tax regime under the non-resident income tax. It is very important to note that the notification via form 149, must be done within a maximum period of 6 months from the date which the working activity started or in its case, the documentation that allows the maintenance of the Social Security legislation of origin.


Those who qualify can tax as non-residents even if working and living in Spain. This results in a considerable benefit as they will pay taxes on a flat rate of 24% up to 600.000€, instead of 47%, that faces a resident taxpayer in Spain that is not under this special regime.

Also, a very noticeable benefit is the fact that they do not have to pay for their global income by declaring it through the form 720, they will only declare in Spain the income obtained in Spain.


This regimen can face certain disadvantages, being the most important ones:

  • Doble taxation treaties are not applicable.
  • The interested party will not be entitled to apply for the tax benefits provided for the rest of taxpayers under the normal tax regime, such as deduction of social security expenses.
  • If the interested party is dismissed, he/she will not benefit from the compensation for dismissal.

Therefore, even though it is a very interesting option, each case needs to be studied with much detail so, contact your lawyer first and you will get the best fiscal planification and optimization for you.

Our tax department has a great understanding of how the process works and how to take care of the process in the most beneficial way always protecting your interests.

They will first contact you to schedule a first meeting where they will get to know the motifs of your application and advise you in the most successful possibilities for your case. From this initial meeting, they will request the necessary documentation to start the process which, among other, are: residency card, working contract and registration in the Spanish Social Security system.

They will then study thoroughly your case and inform you if it is feasible. If so, they will start by presenting al the documentation together with the application form 149.

The Spanish Tax Office can take several weeks to notify the interested party with the decision made, which is always based in the presented documentation and status of the interested.

Once they notify you with a favourable resolution to your demand, you can qualify under the Beckham Law regime and benefit to tax on a 24% flat tax rate for the following 6 years.

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Raquel Parrado