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New €1,000,000 reduction for inheritances in Andalucía
Monday, 22 January 2018

There is good news for residents in Andalucía – the region has gone from being the most expensive for inheritance tax to one of the cheapest.  

When the new regional budget for Andalucía entered into force on 1st January 2018, it included a significant change for succession and gift tax.  The aim of the regional government is to protect close family from this tax, especially on death transfers (i.e. inheritances).

 
Three changes to UK domicile rules that could cost you money
Monday, 22 January 2018

Changes to the UK domicile regime have come into force that could prove costly for expatriates.

Following the delays caused by the unexpected snap general election in the summer, the Finance (No.2) Act 2017 received Royal Assent in November, with confirmation that the domicile reforms take effect retrospectively from 6th April 2017.

Whether you are planning to move to Spain or currently live here and thinking about returning to the UK - even temporarily - these changes could affect your tax liabilities. Make sure you understand what the new rules mean for you and your family.

 
UK Budget for expatriates
Friday, 22 December 2017

Was there anything in the UK Budget for expatriates?

Phillip Hammond's second Budget - the first for the reformed government following this summer's snap election - was widely seen as fairly subdued. But was there anything of note for Britons living in Spain?
 
Do you know where you are domiciled? Are you sure?
Monday, 13 November 2017

For British expatriates, understanding domicile is an important element of estate planning. It is domicile, not residence, that determines your liability for UK inheritance tax. With rates at 40%, UK inheritance tax is one of the most expensivet axes facing British families - and living in Spain does not automatically protect you.

 
Is this the beginning of the end for low interest rates?
Monday, 13 November 2017

On 2nd November, the Bank of England increasedthe UK interest rate for the first time in over ten years. Having lifted onlyfrom 0.25% to 0.5%, this is by no means a seismic shift, bringing it back tothe previous historic low set in March 2009 and marking a 104-month run ofrates below 1%. However, this represents a gear change in the Bank's outlookfollowing a decade where down has been the only direction for interest rates.

 
When is your tax freedom day?
Thursday, 19 October 2017

If you have ever had the feeling that you spent half your working lifejust to pay tax, you are probably not far wrong.  What with income tax, nationalinsurance/social security, capital gains tax, VAT, council tax, excise dutiesetc, a considerable amount of our hard earned income is lost in tax eachyear. 

 

If you are lucky enough to be retired you are still faced with tax onyour savings, investments and pensions, not to mention the amount we pay in VATeach year.  Having paid so much tax allyour life, you will not want to pay any more tax now than you absolutely haveto - tax planning is an important part of protecting your wealth in retirement.

 
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