Wealth tax in Spain: Rates, allowances and recommendations

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Last updated on April 30th, 2020 at 05:09 pm. 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 […]

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House prices in Spain after coronavirus

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Last updated on April 15th, 2020 at 11:38 am. 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 […]

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Which is the best place to buy in Spain?

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Last updated on April 15th, 2020 at 11:37 am. 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% […]

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Opening a bank account in Spain: Tips and costs

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Last updated on April 17th, 2020 at 03:01 pm. 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 […]

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Being a resident in Spain: Requirements and tax obligations

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Last updated on April 17th, 2020 at 03:01 pm. 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 […]

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Non resident property tax in Spain

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Last updated on April 30th, 2020 at 05:12 pm. 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 […]

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Coronavirus confinement: Tips to deal with it

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Last updated on April 17th, 2020 at 03:01 pm. 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 […]

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Coronavirus in Spain: Requirements, travelling and government measures

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Last updated on April 17th, 2020 at 03:01 pm. 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 […]

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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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Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 05:55 pm. 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, […]

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

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Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 05:56 pm. 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 […]

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Exploring the Golden Mile, Marbella

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Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 05:59 pm. 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 […]

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The cost of living in Spain compared to the UK

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Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 05:57 pm. Spain is widely known as a relatively inexpensive place to live, at least by European standards. This is especially true in comparison with northern European countries like the UK where the cost of living is quite high. The cost of living in Spain compared to the […]

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How to buy a Spanish SIM card

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Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 06:00 pm. If you choose to spend a significant amount of time in the country, then getting a Spanish SIM card is one of the most practical and sensible decisions you can make. Spain is, for many reasons, a fantastic country to explore. Not being able to connect […]

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How to make the most of Tarifa kitesurfing

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Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 06:01 pm. Kitesurfing, particularly Tarifa kitesurfing, is one of those rare joys. Your first forays into the waves are marked by sheer surprise at the power of the wind and the speed of the board. It is a tricky sport to get the hang of, but once you […]

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Tax in Spain for residents: Read our quick guide

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Last updated on February 23rd, 2021 at 10:10 am. Retirement in Spain is still a very popular choice. When better to take advantage of Spain’s beautiful climate and perfect pace of life than when you have the time to really enjoy it? However, what you don’t want whilst you are enjoying your new lifestyle are […]

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Registering a UK car in Spain: Our quick guide

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Last updated on June 22nd, 2020 at 09:27 pm. If you’re moving to Spain, there are many reasons why you might decide to bring your car from the UK. Although buying a car in Spain may seem like the most straightforward option – not least because Spanish cars are left-hand drive – there are likely […]

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Apartments for sale in Torrevieja: Tips to find the best deals

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Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 06:06 pm. Torrevieja is a small city on Spain’s Costa Blanca, in the province of Alicante. Originally built to produce salt which was then distributed around the world, the city is now a tourist centre. The city is very popular with people from all over Europe with Brits […]

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Spanish tax forms foreigners need to complete to avoid penalties

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Last updated on April 30th, 2020 at 05:14 pm. Living in Spain brings with it fantastic opportunities to enjoy a different culture, climate and pace of life. Whatever stage of life you are at, it is a rewarding experience. When moving to another country, though, one must be aware of the tax procedures in place. […]

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Can I apply for an NIE number online, in person or by proxy?

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Last updated on February 29th, 2020 at 06:06 pm. Spanish bureaucracy can be complex and unfortunately, you can’t apply for an NIE number online. However, with a helping hand, applying for an NIE is simple.  If you are moving to Spain or have any economic, professional or family connection with the nation, you will need […]

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Expats in Spain: Problems and how to overcome them

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Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 10:27 am. Living in another country is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. It exposes you to new cultures, places, often a new language, and is an incredible way to make new friends. These experiences teach you to be more open-minded, flexible and resilient, not […]

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Weighing up the pros and cons of Spanish residency

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Moving to another country is a big decision. Perhaps you know someone who has taken the leap or you’ve been on holiday somewhere and fallen in love with the people and its culture. Whatever your motivation or inspiration, it’s important not to jump too quickly. Your move will have implications not just for you but […]

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Spanish inheritance tax calculators: Everything you need to know

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Last updated on April 24th, 2020 at 03:22 pm. Confusion about Spanish inheritance tax is rife on expat forums and on social media. This is because inheritance tax calculations are  based on numerous factors. Often, these variables are complex to determine, thus producing conflicting calculations. Furthermore, each autonomous region in Spain has different legislation in […]

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5 of the best water parks in Spain

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Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 10:28 am. Spain has some of the best weather in Europe and spending a day out in the sunshine is ideal for families. Water parks offer a great opportunity to have fun with children or grandchildren as the youngest play and splash about and older siblings can have […]

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How to find the best Spanish estate agents

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Last updated on December 26th, 2019 at 05:11 pm. Whether you are buying or selling a home in Spain, it is likely that you will need the help of Spanish estate agents. There is no law requiring you to work with an estate agent for the sale or purchase of a property. However, many people […]

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