“Non Letting Tax” Modelo 210

If your Spanish property is for for personal use and NOT let out at all it is still liable for Renta Imputada – Deemed Income tax declarable on a form called Modelo 210. If your property is left empty, even though you do not let out your holiday home for gain, Spanish law assumes you have what is called a “Deemed (Rental) Income” which is subject to non-resident Income Tax. The “Deemed (Rental) Income”, which …

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Who is entitled to Spanish National Health cover and how can I apply?

To check the quick guide to getting your healthcare entitlement click here Insured persons- those who are working or self employed and are making up to date Spanish national insurance contributions, plus their legal dependants. Retired EU citizens who were working legally in Spain and have now retired Unemployed in receipt of unemployment benefits. Unemployed who have exhausted their unemployment benefits and others of a similar nature and not having insured status on any other …

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What type of “residencia” residence document should I have?

Here are the basic requirements for adult EU citizens in Tenerife Spain: 1) White NIE certificate -since 2016 this document no longer shows an expiry date as before but never the less you are still only entitled to stay continuously in Spain for up to 3 months – then if you are remaining here continuously this document should be superceded by either 2 or 3 depending on your status · You will need: application form Ex15 Modelo 790 for …

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Automatic exchange of tax and financial information between Spain and the UK

As of 2016, 83 countries including the UK and Spain have signed an agreement to implement a system for the automatic exchange of tax and financial information on a global level. First reporting is planned September 2017 Just recently I have had quite a few enquiries regarding letters being sent out from UK banks to account holders who have given their Tenerife address as their residence address. The letter asks for various information and the …

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Canary Islands IGIC and Import Duty

This information applies to  for commercial imports NOT personal ones which are exempt up to 150 euros in value Goods leaving the Mainland or another EU country and coming to the Canary Islands The Canary Islands does not apply IVA (VAT) sales tax but its own version which is called IGIC (El Impuesto General Indirecto Canario).  This has different rates from IVA. To know if a Spanish company liable under the IVA regime has to apply …

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Energy Certificates

Even if you just want to advertise your property as being for sale or for rent  you will need an Energy Performance Certificate.  The notary will ask you for a copy of it before you sell. This is Spanish law and applies not just to Tenerife but all over Spain. What is an energy performance certificate? It is a report detailing the overall energy efficiency of a property on a sliding scale from A to …

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Registering on the padrón

What is the Padrón (empadronamiento) and do I have to register? The padrón is a list of all the people who live in a certain municipal area. “Empadronarse” means registering yourself on this list at your local town hall. You’ll find you will need your empadronamiento certificate to process various administrative tasks, such as apply for or update a ❖ certificate of residence registration  ❖ register for healthcare ❖ buy a car ❖ register your car with …

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European Travel Information and Authorisation System

British citizens may have to apply online and pay to travel to Europe , under plans being drawn up by the bloc for a visa waiver programme similar to the US system. The proposed scheme would cover entry to the passport-free 26-nation Schengen zone – of which Britain was not a member even before Brexit,   from citizens of those countries that are designated as not needing a visa to enter. THIS DOES NOT CURRENTLY APPLY TO …

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YOU as an overseas visitor in the UK

You should also remember if you return for visits to the UK you may not automatically be able to obtain health cover there. Are you visiting the United Kingdom? Have you been living outside the UK for more than 3 months? Did you know that you may have to pay for hospital treatment whilst in the UK? Hospital treatment is free to people who ordinarily live in the United Kingdom . If you do not normally live here …

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I HAVE HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENT – BUT I DON’T SPEAK SPANISH – WILL I COPE?

There are notices in all Canarian Health Service establishments (in English, German, French, Arabic and Chinese and Spanish ironically, saying if you do not speak Spanish you must bring a translator with you. However in reality many GPs and specialists will be able to speak English and some particularly at Candelaria hospital are keen to practice English. HOWEVER they are not obliged to do so and whether you get an English speaker is the luck …

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Spanish Will

If you own a house in another country, you are most strongly advised to write a Will in that country to cover the property there – In Spain this means visiting notary and having the document drawn up in Spanish. Trying to administer an estate in Spain without the correct Will is like trying to walk in treacle! Remember When thinking about who should receive your assets, it is important that you consider all your possessions, …

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Britsh Consulate and Renewing your British Passport

Out-of-hours emergency assistance If you’re in Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera or El Hierro and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +34 928 26 25 08. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Spain, call 020 7008 1500. General enquiries Consulates deal with a large number of urgent cases each year. Before contacting a Consulate with non-urgent enquiries, please read our …

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What happens if my car documents are lost or stolen?

Firstly report the loss or theft by denuncia (formal statement) to your local Police or Guardia if easier. Then obtain a certificado de antecedentes from Trafico (this shows the history of ownership of the vehicle etc), take that with the vehicle to your nearest ITV testing station and request a duplicado de la ficha tecnica (log book) (also have the vehicle ITV’d if it is not already done or is about to run out) be warned the new ficha …

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Embargos

Contrary to popular opinion a vehicle CAN be transferred to a new owner with an lien (embargo) against it, this depends on the type of debt and also the stage proceedings to recoup the debt have reached. This can cause problems for the new owner so it is essential to obtain a report (Informe de vehiculo) before handing over any money. If you have already purchased or the debt is your own, what can you …

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Dealing with your local town hall

You will almost certainly have to deal with the local town hall at some point. They vary slightly in the way they do things from place to place, but the underlying procedures are the same. You may go to the town hall itself or you can often transact business at sub offices nearer to where you live, particularly for the costal regions. They will deal with the census (padron) information, and will issue Certificados de …

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Residents discounts

From the 1 Sep 2012 In order to obtain Canary Islands residents’ travel discount on airplanes or ferries (in Spanish territories) you will be required to produce a certificate of entitlement to discount (Bonificaciones or Viaje) available from your local Town Hall at the point of picking up your boarding pass. (unless you have already been cleared by the automated entitlement checking system at the time of booking) The Certificate must be within date and show your …

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Consumer complaints – what to do if it all turns sour!

Whilst there are a great many honest and reliable businesses providing quality merchandise and services in Tenerife, we have all heard tales of woe regarding purchases of cameras, electrical goods, bad service etc. Common sense tells us if it sounds too good to be true it probably is! However the following rights apply everywhere in the EU including Tenerife: • If the item you bought does not look or function as it was advertised, or …

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Spanish Tax Allowances 2017

Personal allowance Under 65 years old 5,550 Euros 65+ 6,700 Euros 75+ 8,100 Euros Child allowance First child 2,400 Euros Second child 2,700 Euros Third child 4,000 Euros Each further child 4,500 Euros Elderly relative living with family whose income is less than 8,000 Euros pa: 65+ 1,150 Euros 75+ 2,550 Euros Maternity allowance 2,800 Euros per annum per child under three years old. Earnings related Personal Allowance (for employees) For taxpayers with salaries of …

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