The Beckham Law: An Attractive Alternative for Professionals and Investors Following Tax Changes in the United Kingdom


Beckham Law

The tax landscape is undergoing significant changes internationally, and Spain is emerging as an attractive destination for professionals and investors. The UK’s abandonment of its historic special regime for non-domiciled residents, known as Non-Dom, is leaving many high-profile professionals and fortunes without their main tax shield. This move is increasing the appeal of Spain’s Beckham Law as an attractive alternative for those seeking a favorable tax environment.

According to the latest information, the British regime, in effect since 1799, will be repealed from April 6, 2025, with limited transitional provisions for current Non-Doms. This decision will mark a turning point in the UK’s tax landscape and especially in the City of London, which for decades has been a magnet for talent and high net worth individuals thanks to this special tax regime.

The Nom-Dom regime allowed new UK residents to be taxed only on income remitted to the country, leaving income generated abroad, such as offshore investment portfolios, trusts, and image rights of footballers, exempt from taxation. The elimination of this regime opens up an opportunity for Spain and its Beckham Law, which offers tax advantages to residents in Spanish territory.

Previously, the Beckham Law was limited to salaried workers, but it has recently been expanded to include employees of foreign companies, freelancers, and entrepreneurs, provided they can prove their tax residency in Spain. Under this regime, taxpayers are taxed only on income earned in Spanish territory, while income generated abroad is not subject to taxation in Spain, except for income from work and professional services.

The tax rates for expatriates under the Beckham Law are lower than the maximum marginal rates of Personal Income Tax in Spain, making them attractive to international professionals and fortunes. Additionally, capital gains earned abroad are exempt from taxation in Spain, while those generated in Spanish territory are subject to a progressive tax scale.

Although wealth tax must be paid under this regime, only assets and rights located in Spain are taken into account. To be required to pay taxes, wealth in Spain must exceed 1,000,000 euros.

In summary, the elimination of the Nom-Dom regime in the UK is opening up new opportunities for Spain as a fiscally attractive destination. The Beckham Law offers a favorable environment for international professionals and investors, with tax advantages and a competitive tax scale. It is a crucial moment for Spain to take advantage of this situation and attract talent and capital to its territory.

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