IGIC Exemption for small traders -Régimen Especial del Pequeño Empresario o Profesional en el IGIC

2018 has begun with good news for the self-employed and small entrepreneurs,  the modification of certain aspects of the IGIC, LAW 7/2017, of December 27, of General Budgets of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands means an exemption for most self-employed who bill less than 30,000 euros per year. The amendment to the law establishes a special regime for small business owners or professionals, which will include individual taxpayers whose total volume of operations* …

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New Automated Check In System At South Hospital (El Mojon)

The Canarian health Service have now implemented a new automated outpatients check-in service at the Hospital del Sur (formerly known as El Mojon).  As you can see from the photo (left)  there are several machines which are located to your right as you enter by the main outpatients entrance hall of the hospital and EVERONE must now check in to confirm they have arrived for their specialist’s appointment. If you have one of the new …

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Touristic Letting Modelo179

From July of this year(2018) all intermediaries involved in supplying vacation accommodation to tourists will have to submit an informative tax declaration (modelo 179) to the National Spanish tax authorities as part of IVA (VAT) tax requirements. This will particulary affect  vacation rental housing platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway who have not previously had an obligation to divulge information to the authorities. The return to be presented in July will cover quarters 1 and 2 of …

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Canarian Health Authority to distribute two million new health cards

The Health Minister of the Government of the Canary Islands, José Manuel Baltar, has announced a  new issue of replacement individual health cards  will begin to be rolled out to  users of the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) as of yesterday, the 18 December.  The distribution of the two million cards is to be completed before October 2018. Eligible patients can collect their cards from the administrative areas of their own local surgery “Centro de …

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Activating a New NIE number

Occasionally if a couple purchase a property together  one spouse’s NIE number is used as the lead on subsequent documents and the other spouse’s number never becomes activated with the Agencia Tributaria (Tax Office), or if an individual gets an NIE number at the Extranjeria and then for whatever reasons never uses the number for anything ( i.e a house or car purchase, importing anything over 150 euros, getting a job, becoming self employed etc. …

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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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British Consulate and Renewing your British Passport

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 detailed guide for …

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Recreational Fishing Permits

These can be applied for via the local town hall but they take quite a few days, so you may not get it before your holiday ends!.. if you go to Santa Cruz (weekdays before 1pm) the licence will be issued on the spot. Application form here . Form to pay the fee here, address of the office: Avda. de Anaga, 35, Edf. Usos Múltiples I, 11ª planta 38001, Santa Cruz de Tenerife – Tfno. 922.47.50.00 – Fax 922.24.68.43

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