Twenty reasons why the British will return to Spain

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The Telegraph newspaper listed their 20 reasons why British holiday makers would continue to come to Spain. The Spanish paper, ABC picked up the idea and translated the article into Spanish. Here we summarise the points for you – do you agree?  We live in unprecedented times. Who would have guessed this time last year […]

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Car tax in Spain: How much it is and how you can pay it

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Like most countries, Spanish citizens and residents need to pay their car tax to keep their vehicle legal on the road. The good news is that it is not an extortionate amount, particularly in comparison to other countries in the EU. Anyone liable to pay car tax in Spain, or IVTM as it is known […]

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Where is the best place to live in Costa del Sol?

Best place to live in Costa del Sol

Southern Spain is undoubtedly one of the best places to live in Spain, not only because of its sandy beaches, but also because of its history, culture, tradition and beautiful towns. But where is the best place to live in Costa del Sol? In this article we’re going to go through Málaga and Marbella, our […]

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Spanish tax year: Deadlines you need to keep in mind

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Unlike other countries such as the UK, the Spanish tax year runs alongside the calendar year from the 1st of January to the 31st of December. Within that year there are several dates and deadlines to keep in mind. Therefore, in this article, we take a look at those dates and what it is you […]

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Spanish will: Advantages and the process

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Making plans and arrangements for when you die isn’t easy. However, it is an important process to go through and perhaps even more so when you have property in another country. There are many differences in the way inheritance works in Spain in comparison to elsewhere. It is important that you know what it entails […]

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Deductions and tax allowances in Spain

Tax allowances in Spain

In this article we will go through deductions and tax allowances in Spain. However, we would like to remind you that taxation in Spain can be complicated and you could be subject to fines or penalties if you miss a deadline or don’t do your taxes properly. Advisably, you should seek fiscal advice from an […]

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Selling property in Spain: Tax implications and advice

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A question our clients frequently ask is what taxes they’ll have to pay if they’re thinking about selling their home. After all, if you’re selling property in Spain tax implications can be complex and will differ if you are a tax resident or non-tax resident. As one would expect, the rules are likely to differ […]

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IRPF or Personal Income Tax in Spain

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In this article we will go through some relevant information regarding IRPF or Personal income tax in Spain. However, we would like to remind you that taxation in Spain is complicated, and advisably you should seek advice from an expert to avoid possible fines when doing your Spanish taxes. IRPF or personal income tax: what […]

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The cost of buying property in Spain: The complete guide

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It is important from the outset that you are clear about what your budget should be for buying a property in Spain. Of course, it’s not just the cost of the property itself. There are a number of legal and tax obligations that you must meet to ensure that your purchase is problem free in […]

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The Spanish Notary: What it is, role and fees

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Not all countries have a notary to verify documents as they do in Spain. Here the Spanish notary is a very much respected individual whose office carries a clearly recognised ‘Notary’ sign and who trains for several additional years to qualify for the title. Most people associate the notary with Spanish power of attorney but […]

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Best places to live in Spain: Top 10

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Spain is one of Europe’s most unique countries. It has a culture and food all of its own and its influence is plain to see all around the world. In this article, we will go deeper into the top 2 places we consider to be the best cities to live in Spain: Cádiz and Barcelona. […]

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Spanish lifestyle: 5 habits to be healthier

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It’s well-known that many aspects of the Spanish lifestyle are beneficial. Now the statistics seem to confirm that this is true. Topping the tables with the highest life expectancy at birth, we outline five reasons why Spain is good for you. Spain is the world’s healthiest nation according to a study of 169 nations by […]

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Inheritance tax in Spain: The complete guide

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One of the main concerns people have is the impact that having to pay inheritance tax might have on those they leave behind. How is inheritance tax applied in Spain? Inheritance tax is applied very differently in Spain to many other countries. To begin with, all beneficiaries must declare it, even the husband or wife […]

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Wealth tax in Spain: Rates, allowances and recommendations

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The wealth tax in Spain, or patrimonio, is something that many people are caught out by as it has no equivalent in several other European countries. In this article we will go through some relevant information regarding the wealth tax in Spain. However, we would like to remind you that taxation in Spain can be […]

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House prices in Spain after coronavirus

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How will house prices in Spain be affected? At the moment it may not be at the top of your agenda. The extent of the pandemic has taken most of us by surprise. However, we are now seeing a glimmer of hope in the newsreels. Some countries are looking towards relaxing their measures and after […]

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Which is the best place to buy in Spain?

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The latest statistical release from the Spanish Land Registry has one or two surprises in store. The ‘Estadística Registral Inmobiliaria’ presents a positive picture. What is clear is that overall, a higher percentage of houses are being sold to foreigners than ever before. In 2006 8.97% of property bought in Spain was purchased by foreign […]

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Opening a bank account in Spain: Tips and costs

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Before opening an account in Spain you might have thought that banks worked similarly across the world. In some respects they do, but there are also many differences and these can cause confusion or worse. In this article we aim to unpick the practice. Opening a bank account in Spain If you have a property […]

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Being a resident in Spain: Requirements and tax obligations

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Unlike what many expat forums and Facebook pages would have you believe, you can’t simply choose whether or not you are a tax resident of your home country or Spain. Who is classed as resident in Spain? The rules are actually very clear cut – if you live in Spain for more than 183 days […]

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Non resident property tax in Spain

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What often confuses non-residents is that there is more than one tax to pay. Most people understand that there will be some form of council tax in Spain that will need to be paid annually. In addition to this, however, non-residents must also pay either: Rental income tax if they rent out their property Imputed […]

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Coronavirus confinement: Tips to deal with it

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I was reading an article this morning written by a philosopher in lockdown. He said that he was using the time during coronavirus confinement to reflect. I think he is an elderly gentleman, required to self-isolate. He certainly isn’t in charge of young children. He’s lucky to find a path that gives what’s happening some […]

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Coronavirus in Spain: Requirements, travelling and government measures

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At the time of writing, we are almost at two weeks of lockdown in Spain because of coronavirus. The expected date when restrictions might possible be relaxed is now April 11th.  The current situation means that we are only allowed out of our houses for some essential reasons and when we do venture out this […]

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Moving to Benidorm: How this tourist hub is changing its image

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Many people have assumptions about what is arguably Spain’s most famous beach resort, Benidorm. When you mention the name of this enduringly popular destination, for lots of people, English bars, chips, sunburn and other ‘Brits abroad’ stereotypes spring to mind. There’s no denying that the Brits particularly love Benidorm, with 7 out of every 10 […]

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La Manga beach: Exploring the best coastline and coves

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La Manga Del Mar Menor – better known simply as La Manga – is a long, narrow strip of land on in Murcia, southeast Spain. At approximately 13 miles long but just 100 yards wide, this slim sandbank splits the Mar Menor from the Mediterranean sea, creating a beautiful lagoon-like area of water fed by […]

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Cars for sale in Spain: Where and how to buy a car

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If you’re starting a new life in Spain, it’s likely that you’ll be looking to buy a car. This is especially the case if you’ve purchased a rural retreat, where it’s highly probable that your car will be your key form of transport. However, purchasing a vehicle in any country comes with a healthy dose […]

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Exploring the Golden Mile, Marbella

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The Golden Mile, Marbella, is one of Spain’s most glamorous residential areas. Lying to the west of the beautiful Andalusian resort, this strip of exclusive apartments, homes, shops and restaurants stretches west from Puerto Banus to the eastern edge of Marbella city centre. The Golden Mile has attracted the rich and famous since the 1950s […]

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