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Releasing the capital on your house in Spain

The permanent home, for most people, is the largest capital asset that they own. When income is limited, perhaps due to a static pension and increasing expenses, people can turn to ‘equity release’ and opt to sell their property whilst still having the option of living there. What are the pros and cons of freeing […]

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IBI – the Spanish council tax

Spanish tax forms

More or less every country has a procedure for collecting taxes to pay for the local infrastructure. Every day we are using facilities that need maintaining and replacing. In Spain, the tax that is charged to pay for these is called IBI. Many of the roads that you drive on, the lights that illuminate them, […]

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How long does it take to buy a house in Spain?

How long does it take to buy a house in Spain?

Last updated on November 2nd, 2022 at 05:13 pm. You’ve seen the house of your dreams, made your offer and it’s been accepted. It should all be plain sailing from here? Not necessarily. So much depends upon the owner’s paperwork management and if they’ve kept up with their taxes. So, how long does it take […]

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Investing in rental in Spain – the safe way

Investing in rental

Last updated on October 24th, 2022 at 12:20 pm. With poor interest rates and uncertainty around currencies, people with money to invest can often choose to purchase property to rent in Spain. It can be a good investment that provides you with a return on your capital now and the prospect of a home for […]

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Extension of donation tax reductions

Donation in Spain

When thinking ahead to what will happen to your property in the future you might have considered donating it to your family and those you care about rather than passing it on through inheritance. There are a number of advantages to taking this route and we have supported many people who chose to manage the […]

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Changes to property transfer tax – New reference value in Spain

New reference value in Spain

When property is transferred from one person to another in Spain there is a tax to pay. From January 2022, inheritance, donation and transfer tax, will all be affected by the new ‘reference value’ in Spain, in Spanish it is called Valor de Referencia. If you have property in Spain or are considering buying somewhere, […]

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Paying council tax in Spain

Paying council tax in Spain

Spain, like most other countries, has a system whereby property owners contribute to the maintenance of local infrastructure. Here, the tax is called IBI. In this article we explain what IBI is, when you pay it and why it’s important. IBI stands for Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles or, literally translated, Real Estate tax. It’s a […]

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Inheritance tax and stepchildren – protecting your family

Inheritance tax and stepchildren

Many people live in families with stepchildren. They have perhaps grown up with a stepparent who they have come to look on as they would a natural mother or father. So what happens when a stepparent dies? There are aspects of Spanish inheritance tax related to stepchildren that you need to be aware of. When […]

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Donate in Spain now and reduce tax

Donate in Spain

There are inheritance and donation tax changes on the horizon that could mean that some of the benefits that people are currently enjoying might disappear or at least be reduced. What action can you take to preserve your assets for those you love? As you may know, the different regions of Spain have relative autonomy […]

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Transferring a property to your spouse in Spain

Transferring a property to your spouse in Spain

Many people are unaware that there are significant differences in the way that the inheritance process works when transferring a property to your spouse in Spain. In this article we outline what you should know and how you might prepare. For many people, owning a property in Spain is a dream come true. The purchase […]

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Understanding the Spanish inheritance process

Spanish Inheritance Process

Talking about the Spanish inheritance process isn’t easy. Many people will try to avoid the discussion and, it’s understandable. However, avoiding it isn’t the answer. If you have property in Spain at some point in the future it will be transferred either through donation or inheritance. It’s most important that you take the initiative, explore […]

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Inheritance tax in Spain – advice for inheritors

Inheritance tax in Spain

Last updated on September 28th, 2021 at 12:53 pm. The news that you are due to inherit a property in Spain may be a surprise or you might have known for a while. What you may be unaware of, however, is how to proceed to ensure that you really are the legal owner and how […]

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What is the plusvalía tax in Spain?

Plusvalía tax

If you’re selling your property in Spain there are several costs and taxes you have to consider. Some, you’re likely to have heard of before, like capital gains tax or stamp duty. Others, however, are taxes specific to Spain that you may be less familiar with. One such charge is the plusvalía tax. In this […]

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How the UK-Spain double tax treaty affects you

UK-Spain double tax treaty

Double tax treaties are agreements made between two states to determine the rights of nationals living in the respective countries. For instance, a double tax treaty determines the taxation regime for people who have assets located in one country but are resident in the other. In the case of the UK-Spain double tax treaty, the […]

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Income tax in Spain on your rental property

income tax in spain

Spain is a wonderful place to own a holiday home, with many people of all nationalities investing in Spanish property. With vibrant culture, outstanding cuisine, and virtually year-round sun, it is no wonder that people are flocking to Spain to secure their Spanish escape. However, as we all know, property comes with responsibility, and income […]

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Legal and tax lawyers in Spain: Why should you choose Ábaco Advisers?

Tax lawyers

Last updated on June 30th, 2020 at 09:27 pm. As a client of Ábaco Taxes you are entitled to a number of ‘extras’. We want to make sure you are getting the full benefit from them. We explain how Abaco Online and our team of tax lawyers can help you keep in touch and informed. […]

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CGT in Spain: We answer some of the most common questions

cgt in Spain

Last updated on June 30th, 2020 at 09:27 pm. When you are moving between countries, the tax implications of selling your property can be confusing. It’s generated some of the greatest number of questions on our forums. Here we try to answer some of the questions regarding CGT in Spain for you. However, we would […]

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What are the different tax brackets in Spain?

Tax brackets in Spain

Last updated on June 3rd, 2021 at 10:38 am. Tax brackets are a familiar concept across most European jurisdictions and tax brackets in Spain follow a similar basic principle. In Spain, the amount of income tax you pay will depend on the amount of money you earn. These earnings are divided into groups, with the […]

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It’s time to file your Modelo 720 form in Spain

modelo 720

Last updated on December 30th, 2021 at 01:15 pm. It has been a few years since the Modelo 720 asset declaration form was introduced, but it can still slip your mind, especially if you have recently moved to Spain. In case you are one of the people that is not aware of this important form, […]

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Property tax in Spain and other expenses you should be aware of

Property tax in Spain

There are many things to consider when purchasing a property in Spain including its proximity to your favourite restaurants, beaches and other leisure facilities. However, another important consideration should be how property tax in Spain and other associated costs affect the final price. This article is here to help give you a guideline on what […]

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How stamp duty in Spain can save money via the extinction of co-ownership

stamp duty in spain

Life is complicated, and sometimes, your circumstances may change. As a result, you might wish to carry out a transfer of property ownership. In this article, we explain your options and why the ‘extinction of co-ownership’ may be the best route to take. Generally speaking, this is because, in most regions, the process only requires […]

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Registering and filing your tax return in Spain

Tax return in Spain

Last updated on June 3rd, 2021 at 10:51 am. In this article we will go through some relevant information regarding your tax return in Spain. However, we would like to remind you that taxes in Spain can be complicated and you could be subject to fines or penalties if you miss a deadline or don’t […]

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Modelo 210: Non-resident income tax in Spain

Modelo 210

Last updated on March 22nd, 2022 at 09:00 pm. The form Modelo 210 is used to file the ordinary tax return for non-resident income tax (without permanent establishment). In this article we will go through some relevant information regarding the non-resident taxes in Spain and how can you pay them. However, we would like to […]

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The effect of coronavirus on Spanish tax regulations

Coronavirus Spanish taxes

Last updated on May 9th, 2020 at 04:26 pm. Everybody around the world is facing difficulties due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Spain has been among some of the worst-hit countries. Therefore, the government has been keen to publicise some of its measures to alleviate the crisis. To help those concerned, this article sets out […]

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

Car tax Spain

Last updated on April 30th, 2020 at 04:59 pm. 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 […]

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