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Renewal of Residency Cards
Information on Legal Issues
Tuesday, 28 October 2008

When you originally arrived in Spain to live, in all probability, you applied for and obtained a Residency Card as a Foreign Resident (Tarjeta de Residencia de Extranjeros) with a 5 year expiration period. The Card should be renewed within a one month prior to the expiry date. However, the system has now changed and instead of a card you will now receive a Certificate without an expiry date. (This only applies to British Citizens, on the basis that the UK Government is not in agreement vis-a-vis ID cards! )

Spain: Andalucía reduces property purchase taxes for 2021
Sunday, 27 June 2021

If you are planning to buy a property in Southern Spain, 2021 is the year to do it! 

At the end of April, the Andalusian government unexpectedly announced that it was reducing the taxes applied on real estate purchases in the region.  This applies whether you are looking for a full-time home, a holiday home, or to be able to apply for Spain’s Golden Visa and its residence benefits.

The ATP transfer tax has been reduced from the 8%-10% sliding scale to 7% – which can result in sizable savings – and the AJD stamp duty from 1.5% to 1.2%.

Understanding ‘lawful’ and ‘tax’ residence in Spain
Sunday, 27 June 2021

Brexit has highlighted the importance of understanding and correctly following Spain’s residence legislation, and anyone who has not yet applied for a residence permit has new rules to navigate.


There are two different concepts of residence you need to be aware of and plan for:

·       Lawful residence – your rights, as a national of one country, to live and work in another.

·       Tax residence – the country which has taxing rights over your worldwide income, gains and wealth. 

Getting either of these wrong could have serious consequences, such as being deported or facing a tax investigation, back taxes and penalties.  



Will Spain’s 2021 tax enforcement plan affect you?
Tuesday, 18 May 2021

It’s easy to understand why so many people want to live in Spain, particularly to enjoy their retirement years.  The lifestyle and climate provide many benefits and the wide variety of locations and properties suits all tastes and budgets. While there are a few pros and cons to weigh up, we find the biggest concern for many is taxation. 


Do UK pensions now attract wealth tax in Spain?
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Generally, Brexit has not affected the tax treatment for UK nationals settled in Spain, as the UK-Spain double tax treaty determines how Spanish residents are taxed on UK assets. However, there may be a change in the way UK pensions are treated when it comes to Spanish wealth tax.  
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