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Andalucía’s succession tax and estate planning benefits
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
There are so many benefits to living in Southern Spain, but, as with anywhere, there are both pros and cons. Many people find Spain’s succession regime to be complex and costly, and expatriates need to understand how Spanish succession tax and law works and affects their family. The good news is that over recent years the local Andalucía government has reduced succession tax liabilities for residents, making it one of the most tax attractive regions to live in.
Inflation is causing concern in Spain, the UK and elsewhere
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
. It has been climbing steadily since last summer, hitting almost 10% in Spain this March and 7% in the UK. Even low levels impact your spending power over time, so take steps now to protect your savings and retirement income for your long-term future.
Take control of your finances in an uncertain world
Thursday, 24 March 2022

The last few years have emphasised how uncertain life can be; how we never know what is around the corner. Brexit and the pandemic have now been followed by the worrying and upsetting events in Ukraine. Life feels more uncertain again.

This perhaps makes it more important for us to take control where we can, as much as we can, particularly when it comes to our family’s long-term future and security. So here we take a look at the key wealth management considerations we should review from time to time.



Brexit a year on
Wednesday, 16 February 2022

It has been over a year now since the UK left the European Union. And while British expatriates continue to enjoy the life they were used to in Spain, there have been some changes to understand and get used to, some more inconvenient than others.  And for those wanting to move to Spain from 2021 onwards, it’s a whole new ball game.

The door to Spain is not closed but things are more complex than they were. The key is planning ahead and working with specialists in cross-border planning who understand the issues and implications and have the resources to keep track of the changes and available options.

On a day-to-day level, many of us have run into issues when receiving parcels from the UK, whether it is delays at customs, import taxes or some UK shops no longer shipping to the EU. But there are bigger issues to deal with too.

European court rules against Spain’s Modelo 720 penalty regime
Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Now that the European Court of Justice has determined that the Modelo 720 penalty regime is contrary to European law, Spain will have to reduce the fines and apply a statute of limitations. Spanish taxpayers, however, still need to declare their overseas assets each year.


Since 2013, residents of Spain have been obliged to submit an annual declaration reporting the assets they own outside Spain – the infamous Modelo 720 (or Form 720). This is in addition to their annual tax returns. To discourage people from not reporting or underreporting their assets, the Modelo 720 regulation imposes very high penalties for failing to file the declaration, filing it late, or including false or inaccurate data.

How does inflation impact your retirement savings?
Thursday, 27 January 2022

With inflation surging in both Spain and the UK, now is the time to review your savings and investments to establish if they are suitably structured to provide protection from this threat. Even low levels of inflation can erode your spending power over time and retirees need to plan for this.  

“Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair”.

This quote by American author and humorist Sam Ewing may make you smile, but it is a good example of the impact of inflation over the passage of time and underlines a serious threat to our long-term financial security.  

Ronald Reagan used a more hard-hitting description:

“Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man”. 


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