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Spain-UK Double Tax Treaty
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

In general, double tax treaties signed between countries are designed to determine the taxation rights of the different income and gains, when there is a conflict (i.e. when assets are located in one country and the individual is resident in another, or when someone is considered resident for tax purposes in two different countries due to each country’s domestic rules).  

UK nationals living in Spain need to understand how the Spain-UK double tax treaty works and affects them.  It is importantto know where your taxes are due.

Should you transfer a final salary pension? Six questions to help you decide
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Transfer values for UK final salary pensions may be high, but would you really benefit from giving up a lifetime retirement income for a one-off payment?

If you were offered £235,000 now or an inflation-proofed £10,000 a year for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

New tax rules in Andalucía
Thursday, 18 April 2019

It is not often that we have good tax news, but Andalucía residents will welcome the new regional tax rules. It took a few months for the regional government to confirm the new tax law, but it was worth the wait. 


The Decree-Law was finally approved on 9th April, with one clear objective: to position Andalucía as one of the lowest taxed regions in Spain to help revitalise the regional economy.

The new UK tax year: What has and hasn’t changed?
Thursday, 18 April 2019

The 2019/20 UK tax year ticked over on 6 April 2019, resetting thresholds and allowances for the next 12 months. We explore changes that may affect expatriates and what you can do to make the most of existing rules.

Do you know where you are domiciled?
Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Are you sure?

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 expensive taxes facing British families – and living in Spain does not automatically protect you.

Determining domicile

Domicile is a complex and incredibly adhesive UK common law concept. The basic rule is that a person is domiciled in the country in which they have their permanent home – the country regarded as your ‘homeland’. However, you can remain UK-domiciled even after living abroad for many years.

There are three types of domicile under English law:

·        Domicile of origin – where a child takes their father’s (or single/unmarried mother’s) domicile (not necessarily their country of birth). 

·        Domicile of dependence – applies to women married before 1974 (whose domicile will mirror their husband’s) as well as minors and other legal dependents.

·        Domicile of choice – acquired by moving permanently to another country.

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