Spain’s anticrisis measures, which according to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will cost “more than €9 billion”, were approved in late June by the government will be kept in force until December 31st.
The standout measure is a financial handout – or a cheque as it’s being referred to – that low-income people can claim, although there are other cost-cutting steps that have been taken such as an upcoming discount on public transport in September and a VAT drop on electricity.
The one-off payment initially suggested by Labour Minister Yolanda was €300, but this has been reduced to €200.
According to Spain’s Tax Minister María Jesús Montero, approximately 2.7 million people in Spain will be able to benefit from the scheme.
Individuals can request the €200 payment, as can families, but only one payment per household is allowed.
What are the requirements to claim the €200 benefit?
- You must be a legal resident of Spain for at least one year.
- You must be registered with Spain’s social security system and be either a contract employee, self-employed or registered as unemployed.
- Your family’s total annual income in 2021 must’ve been below €14,000 gross.
- You cannot already be claiming Spain’s Ingreso Mínimo Vital (Minimum Vital Income), the non-contributory social security benefit for people who don’t get what is considered minimum income, or a state pension or similar social security benefits.
- The sum of your assets (individual or family unit) on January 1st 2022 must have been below €43,196.
How do you request the €200 handout?
It can only be done online via Spain’s Agencia Tributaria tax agency website, on a page you can access here.
The scheme is active from July 8th until September 30th 2022.
You’ll have to fill out a form with your details, including your DNI/NIE and a bank account where you’d like the sum to be transferred to.
If after three months, you have not received the €200, it means that your application has been rejected.