Our Sponsors        
Active Language  Cadiz Casa    Blevins Franks   



Your friend in Chiclana

Home arrow Finance
 Andrew Southgate







Articles in this section are supplied by Andrew Southgate, Private Client Manager at Blevins Franks. 
Find out more about Andrew on their website.



 Andrew Southgate      

The tax landscape in Andalucía in 2017
Wednesday, 01 March 2017

It is important to review your tax planning from time to time, to check that it is up to date with Spanish tax reforms over recent years as well as international developments that may affect you.  You also want to make sure you are using the opportunities available in Spain to reduce tax liabilities for yourself and your heirs. 

This article summarises the key taxes affecting residents of Andalucía and those owning property here.

Income tax

There were no changes to income tax rates at either state or regional level, so we pay tax at the same rates as last year.

Income from  (€)


Income to  (€)


Tax rate

Tax payable on band    (€)


































The above rates only apply to general income (employment, pension, rental income, etc). 

The 2017 rates for savings income (interest, dividends, income derived from life assurance contracts, purchased annuity income and capital gains on the sale or transfer of assets) are:

Income  (€)

Tax rate

0 - 6,000


6,000 - 50,000


Over 50,000


Modelo 720 as at March 2017
Wednesday, 01 March 2017


Modelo 720 penalties under challenge but taxpayer obligations remain

There may be some relief ahead from the threat of Modelo 720 sanctions for taxpayers in Spain.

What has happened?

On 15th February, the European Commission gave the Spanish government a two-month ultimatum to make Modelo 720 penalties fairer. While the Commission accepts that Spain has the right to require taxpayers to declare their overseas assets, it disagrees with the severity with which it punishes late or inaccurate submissions.

Sanctions under Modelo 720 law include, among others, a minimum €10,000 charge on incorrect declarations and an additional 150% penalty on unpaid capital gains. In some cases, taxpayers have faced large fines for just minor errors or omissions in completing the form. With penalties being so disproportionate to those imposed for other defaults (such as late submission of Spanish income and wealth tax returns), the Commission claims it is discriminatory and in conflict with EU freedoms.

The Commission has been arguing with Spain about the fairness of Modelo 720 for the last two years. As no agreement has yet been reached, they have taken this step to force a resolution.


What do we know about Brexit today?
Wednesday, 08 February 2017

Brexit has been all over the news again, with the British Prime Minister announcing her negotiating plans and MPs voting to trigger the process by the end of March. A 77-page White Paper released on 2 February has also spelled out the government’s intended approach.

But are we any closer to knowing how Brexit might affect expatriates or British property-owners in Europe?

While there is still much uncertainty, we are optimistic that Britons will continue to enjoy the benefits of owning property and living in Europe. Here is what we do know.

Fresh scrutiny for taxpayers in Spain
Wednesday, 08 February 2017

The Spanish tax office has announced new measures to crack down on tax fraud. Their tax inspections plan for 2017 revealed new IT tools and processes that will make it much easier to investigate the tax affairs of wealthy individuals.

Is Your Tax And Wealth Management In Shape For 2017?
Wednesday, 04 January 2017

It is that time of the year when many people make New Year resolutions to improve their life in one way or another.  Whether or not you make resolutions, this is a good time to consider whether you need to review your financial planning.

To protect your financial security through retirement, and achieve your wishes for your family and heirs, you need to have a strategic tax and wealth management plan in place.  This should cover your savings and investments, tax planning, pensions funds and estate planning.  These should all be set up to work together to preserve your wealth over the long-term and meet your objectives.

You need to consider any recent global and local developments that may affect your finances in the coming year, as well as have a long-term strategy.  Any changes in your personal circumstances could also warrant a review.

Once you have assessed your situation and financial planning, you will be able to discuss any necessary adjustments with your financial adviser.

Savings and investments

2016 was certainly an interesting year, with Brexit and US elections.  More recently the Italian referendum could add more uncertainty for the Eurozone and financial markets. Diversification is more important than ever, and you need a long-term strategic asset allocation plan which is specifically designed around your circumstances, needs and risk profile.

Diversification gives your portfolio the chance to produce positive returns over time without being vulnerable to any single area under-performing. There are various levels you should have in your investment portfolio -


1)      Asset allocation - spreading your capital across different asset classes (equities, bonds, real assets, property, cash etc).

2)      Diversification across geographical areas, sectors, company size etc.

3)      Owning equities and bonds issued by a range of companies (for example through owning a selection of funds).

4)      Utilising a multi-manager approach where you diversify across managers and styles.

5)      Currencies.

The starting point should be to obtain a clear and objective assessment of your appetite for risk, to make sure your portfolio is suitable for you. 

Remember that as asset prices rise and fall, your portfolio can shift away from the one designed to match your risk profile and objectives.  You should review your investments around once a year to rebalance it if necessary.

Tax planning

There are no changes to Spanish income or wealth tax for 2017 - except that the promised abolition of wealth tax has not come to pass.  The income tax rates remain the same as for 2016 income and wealth tax will be applied as it has in recent years.

Make sure your investments and wealth are placed in the most suitable arrangement to limit your tax liabilities.  Take advice from someone who is well-versed in the nuances of Spanish taxation, otherwise you could see your investment returns slashed by taxes that could have been avoided or mitigated. It is important that your tax planning is up-to-date and designed to take advantage of tax planning opportunities in Spain.

Another incentive to review your tax affairs is the global automatic exchange of information regime under the Common Reporting Standard is now in force.  The Spanish tax authority will receive information on every resident of Spain, without having to ask for it. Cross-border tax planning can be complex, so you need to ensure you are declaring income and paying tax in the right country.  

Estate planning

The first step is to establish your goals.  Who would you like to benefit from your estate?  Are you happy for them to have control over the money?  When should they receive the funds? How much tax will they have to pay on their inheritance?

You then need to obtain specialist advice to ensure that your estate plan is specifically set up to achieve your wishes for your heirs.

Under the EU succession regulation Brussels IV, which came into force in August 2015, you can choose whether Spanish or UK succession law will apply to your estate. The default position is for Spanish succession law to apply to foreign nationals living here, unless they have a will stating otherwise. If you do not have a valid will, your estate may be distributed according to the restrictive Spanish law.

Brussels IV does not allow you to opt out of Spanish succession tax, which can be costly in certain circumstances. This is due if the asset being inherited is located in Spain or the recipient is resident in Spain. Tax is paid by each recipient, with varying rates.  Inheritances between spouses are taxable. Also, bear in mind that UK inheritance tax may still apply for UK nationals. 

Whether it is investments, tax or pension planning, seek advice to ensure you do what works best for your personal situation.  Use an adviser who can guide you on all these aspects and provide holistic solutions so you can have peace of mind that your financial affairs are in order.    

David Bowern, Partner, Blevins Franks
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel: 952 809 212

Read the original article here


To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com


<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Results 55 - 63 of 95
Joomla Templates by Joomlashack