Ask Ábaco about inheritance

Two changes within Spanish law have meant that our inheritance department has been very busy this year. In our question and answer section we try to address some of the queries that we have been receiving.  I would like to donate my property in Spain to my daughter. We are both non-residents. What tax implications […]

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Exploring Malaga

Most people know that there is an airport in Malaga but not much else about this city in the south of Spain. For those with a base in Marbella or Fuengirola, Malaga is the airport they will probably use, although Gibraltar is also another option. It is a real pity when this is all that […]

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Doing your research – the community of owners

The community of owners is an important and influential group of people in Spain. Most properties belong to a community and you should check out the implications before you buy. The community of owners is a group with a firm foundation and legal status in Spain and nearly every urbanisation will have one. They are […]

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Is your Spanish property ready to sell?

When you have made the decision, for whatever reason, that it’s time to move on, you want to sell your Spanish property as quickly as possible. In this article we look at an unforeseen complication that might hold up your sale. Once you have secured a buyer for your property you will already be planning […]

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Could you be a Spanish national?

As concern about what  Brexit will mean for those living in another European country rises, some people have wondered just what it would take for them to go one step further and become a Spanish citizen. Until now, the benefits of this move for those living in the EU have seemed small. Yes, a Spanish national […]

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What exactly is the AIPP?

Ábaco is a member of AIPP. In this article we explain a little  more about this organisation and why membership can provide added assurance surrounding the services we offer. When buying a house in Spain you want to be sure that you are given the correct advice and support. You want the estate agents and […]

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Driving legally in Spain

How to drive legally in Spain is one of the most talked about and written about subjects amongst the expat population. We frequently receive questions from clients directly and on the forum about licences, vehicle registrations and driving laws in Spain. Here, Graham Shelton of www.spanish-number-plates.com answers some of the questions that we are most often asked. What must […]

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Federico García Lorca – talent and untimely death

The body of the Spanish writer Federico García Lorca remains buried somewhere in southern Spain. Murdered by Franco’s Spanish nationalists, he remains one of the many individual tragedies of the Spanish Civil War. Lorca is one of the most important Spanish poets and dramatists of the twentieth century. As news is breaking that a third […]

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Exploring Córdoba

Most people who are wanting to explore Spain will visit its major cities of Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Granada. Each one is special and different and provides examples of Spain’s rich past. But if you want to travel to somewhere a little different that has a wealth of history behind it then you wouldn’t go […]

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Your will in Spain – should you make a new one?

A new inheritance law has been causing lots of discussion amongst foreigners living in Spain.  The Regulation (EU) No. 650/2012 and the creation of a European Certificate of Succession has raised many questions about the validity of existing Spanish wills covering property in Spain for those who are resident here. The new law was made […]

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Changes to donation tax in Spain

Some people make a choice that they would rather donate their property in Spain to family or friends rather than pass it on as inheritance when they die. Taking this decision needs careful consideration. However, if it is your preference then it can be done for property in Spain through making a ‘Donación de bienes’; […]

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Changes to inheritance tax in Spain

Inheritance in Spain works very differently to how it works in many other countries. For example, even between spouses there is no automatic transfer of ownership. If one of you should die then the remaining spouse does not automatically inherit the deceased spouse’s share of the property. First you must make an inheritance tax declaration […]

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The worst airports in the world

Of course, what you consider to be the best and the worst will depend on your own personal preferences and experiences. For example, if you have had a particularly bad experience at one airport – perhaps you lost your luggage or had something stolen – then for you that airport could surpass any on this […]

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Smoking trends in Spain

Smoking banned indoors in Spain? Never! Many people initially felt that Spain was a country that would never introduce or enforce such a ban. They were mistaken. Certainly the introduction in 2011 of a number of strict measures went relatively smoothly. Smokers have perhaps been helped by Spain’s moderate climate meaning that most of the […]

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Going off with a bang in Elche

If you are anywhere near Elche in the middle of August then you cannot let the Mystery Play pass you by. There are three important dates to put in your diary. On the 13th August it’s La Nit de l’Albà when fireworks and firecrackers are let off in a spectacular display from around the town […]

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10 tips for buying a house in Spain

You don’t need to be a legal expert to find your way round the buying procedure in Spain, but it is useful to have a few handy hints to follow. Handbooks and legal advice can be full of the official information but good tips for buying a house in Spain can make all the difference. […]

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Location matters. Buying in Orihuela Costa.

When Magnus came to Orihuela Costa on his mission to find a property in Spain he thought he had plenty of choices lined up. ‘We had been searching on the internet,’ says Magnus, ‘and we’d found a real estate agent too. But when we came to look at the properties we weren’t very keen on […]

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La Vuelta makes it to 80

The Tour de France this year proved to be a spectacular victory for the British cyclist Chris Froome as he cycled away with the yellow jersey. However, he wasn’t on his own in deserving a mention. The Spanish riders Alejandro Valverde and Quintana made the final podium as team winners. If you have become a […]

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Retiring to live in Spain

For many people, it’s their dream. After years of the daily grind, to make the most of their retirement by coming out to live in Spain. What better place to enjoy the extra time you have than in a beautiful climate with fresh, healthy food and where there are so many sites to see and […]

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Cost of buying a house in Spain

One of the first questions we ask of those considering buying a house in Spain, is ‘What’s your budget?’ Knowing what your budget is, is crucial if you are going to make the right purchase for you. What many people do is forget to include buying costs within their calculations. Either that or they totally […]

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Stirring up the town halls

It may seem very far removed from beaches and bars, but what happens in Spain’s local and general elections is of great importance to everyone with a property in Spain and not only those who live here. The political climate impacts on day-to-day lives probably more than we realise. Until there’s a change. Following the […]

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Living in Spain during the winter

People who have property in Spain fall into one of two groups – resident or non-resident. You are a non-resident here if you live less than 183 days in Spain – and these don’t need to be consecutive days. However, there is perhaps another group within the non-resident category; those people that are semi-resident and […]

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Cheap flights – good or bad?

Most people with property in Spain have enjoyed cheap flights for a few years. Without doubt it’s one of the reasons why people choose property here. With good, predictable warm weather in the summer and milder winters on the coast, you’re not far away from family and friends either. If it’s a holiday home you’ve […]

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Making your home perfect

Some people like to buy their property brand new and ready to move into. Others prefer to buy a resale property in Spain and customise it to exactly how they want. There are advantages in both approaches. However, at some point, even if you buy a new property, you will start to want to make […]

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Making a resident tax declaration in Spain

Tax declaration in Spain

If you are a resident in Spain then it is very likely that you will have to make a resident tax declaration annually. This declaration or tax return provides evidence of your income in Spain that can be used for a number of reasons, including determining your prescription charges. The process is quite straight forward […]

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