What to do if you are Unemployed now or laid off due to Covid19 closures in the Canary Islands

Workers are in DIFFERENT situations please read until the end of this page and watch for updates. The situation is changing daily. Latest 27 /3/2020:The Spanish Government has prohibited dismissals as a result of Covid19 and has approved a simplification process for the ERTE process (temporary suspension of contracts) “Maintaining jobs is the priority. If it is possible to join an ERTE scheme, dissmissals are now illegal”  Translation of full Press release here *  Link to …

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Dismissals and Temporary Suspension of contracts New measures announced 27/3/2020

March 27, 2020 – The Council of Ministers has approved a Royal Decree-Law on Complementary Measures relating to the Labour sector to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 health crisis. The new measures outline specify and reinforce the application and control the mechanisms of the measures put in place through Royal Decree-Law 8/2020 of March 17. The objective is to provide better coverage and establish specific measures for some sectors. It is also intended to …

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Sickness Benefits: How will periods of preventive isolation for COVID-19 be considered

Official source in Spanish http://www.seg-social.es/wps/portal/wss/internet/FAQ/897e30db-3172-4528-987f-ab1ffde1b8e7/dc3893c2-c35a-4b44-9319-9b6aab435c9f/218510af-cd9b-4177-89a8-c846f68223ef Unofficial translation in English Temporary disability: information for workers 1)How will periods of preventive isolation be considered in COVID-19 processes? These periods will be considered as temporary incapacity due to a common illness for financial benefits purposes, regardless of treatment , to be treated as an exceptional addition to the contingency of work accidents. 2)Who will issue the withdrawal, confirmation and registration documents (Sick Notes) in the COVID-19 processes? What …

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Autonomos: Cese de actividad extraordinaria -Translation of An Explanatory note received from a Mutua

After the publication in the Official State Bulletin of the Royal Decree law-8/2020, o the 17 de march, urgent extraordinary measures to combat the economic and social impact of COVID-19, an extraordinary benefit for curtailment of of activity has been established. The duration of this is limited to one month from the 14 of March 2020, or until the last day of the month in which the State of Emergency is terminated, should this be …

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Brexit, Green Residence certificates, TIEs and “Swallows” after Brexit

Those already registered here in Tenerife will at some point over the next year (2020) have the opportunity to change their police registration document (properly called a Certificado de Registro but also known as a green NIE, green card, residencia, Green certificate) to a third-country nationals’ card, the TIE (tarjeta ID extranjeros) This is to be a European level document /card which will show the country of residence and also that the bearer had taken …

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Important Reassurance From EU for ExPat Workers and Retirees

Protecting citizens’ social security rights (Part of) Press release 30/1/2019 The Commission has consistently made clear that the rights of EU citizens in the United Kingdom and UK nationals in the EU are our priority. They should not pay the price for Brexit. Today’s proposal aims to ensure that in a “no-deal” scenario, the entitlements of those people who exercised their right to free movement before the UK’s withdrawal are safeguarded. These entitlements include periods of …

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Changes to Social Security and Autonomos (Self Employed)

If  you struggle with Spanish and you are an “autonomo”  – a self-employed person, you may not understand a text you have received  from the Social Security recently – something like this one  The text directs you to a website here  Individual letters are also being sent out which detail the same information as on the website. In a nutshull from the 1st of October all self-employed workers must carry out all their procedures involving …

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IGIC Exemption for small traders -Régimen Especial del Pequeño Empresario o Profesional en el IGIC

2018 has begun with good news for the self-employed and small entrepreneurs,  the modification of certain aspects of the IGIC, LAW 7/2017, of December 27, of General Budgets of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands means an exemption for most self-employed who bill less than 30,000 euros per year. The amendment to the law establishes a special regime for small business owners or professionals, which will include individual taxpayers whose total volume of operations* …

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New Automated Check In System At South Hospital (El Mojon)

The Canarian health Service have now implemented a new automated outpatients check-in service at the Hospital del Sur (formerly known as El Mojon).  As you can see from the photo (left)  there are several machines which are located to your right as you enter by the main outpatients entrance hall of the hospital and EVERONE must now check in to confirm they have arrived for their specialist’s appointment. If you have one of the new …

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Touristic Letting Modelo179

From July of this year(2018) all intermediaries involved in supplying vacation accommodation to tourists will have to submit an informative tax declaration (modelo 179) to the National Spanish tax authorities as part of IVA (VAT) tax requirements. This will particulary affect  vacation rental housing platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway who have not previously had an obligation to divulge information to the authorities. The return to be presented in July will cover quarters 1 and 2 of …

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Canarian Health Authority to distribute two million new health cards

The Health Minister of the Government of the Canary Islands, José Manuel Baltar, has announced a  new issue of replacement individual health cards  will begin to be rolled out to  users of the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) as of yesterday, the 18 December.  The distribution of the two million cards is to be completed before October 2018. Eligible patients can collect their cards from the administrative areas of their own local surgery “Centro de …

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Activating a New NIE number

Occasionally if a couple purchase a property together  one spouse’s NIE number is used as the lead on subsequent documents and the other spouse’s number never becomes activated with the Agencia Tributaria (Tax Office), or if an individual gets an NIE number at the Extranjeria and then for whatever reasons never uses the number for anything ( i.e a house or car purchase, importing anything over 150 euros, getting a job, becoming self employed etc. …

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Automatic exchange of tax and financial information between Spain and the UK

As of 2016, 83 countries including the UK and Spain have signed an agreement to implement a system for the automatic exchange of tax and financial information on a global level. First reporting is planned September 2017 Just recently I have had quite a few enquiries regarding letters being sent out from UK banks to account holders who have given their Tenerife address as their residence address. The letter asks for various information and the …

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Canary Islands IGIC and Import Duty

This information applies to  for commercial imports NOT personal ones which are exempt up to 150 euros in value Goods leaving the Mainland or another EU country and coming to the Canary Islands The Canary Islands does not apply IVA (VAT) sales tax but its own version which is called IGIC (El Impuesto General Indirecto Canario).  This has different rates from IVA. To know if a Spanish company liable under the IVA regime has to apply …

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Energy Certificates

Even if you just want to advertise your property as being for sale or for rent  you will need an Energy Performance Certificate.  The notary will ask you for a copy of it before you sell. This is Spanish law and applies not just to Tenerife but all over Spain. What is an energy performance certificate? It is a report detailing the overall energy efficiency of a property on a sliding scale from A to …

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