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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Tax Rates for 2017

Income Tax From (Euros) To (Euros) State tax % Regional tax % Total tax % 0 12,450 9.50 9.50 19.00 12,450 20,200 12.00 12.00 24.00 20,200 35.200 15.00 15.00 30.00 35,200 60,000 18.50 18.50 37.00 60,000 + – 22.50 22.50 45.00 Capital Gains Tax Rates Residents First 6,000 Euros: 19% 6,000 – 50,000 Euros: 21% 50,000 + Euros: 23% Non-residents 19% Allowable Depreciation Straight line method can be used for any depreciable asset. Reducing balance method …

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Buying a Business in Tenerife

If you are NOT thinking of buying a freehold business property, then in general what you are “buying” is what is called here a “Traspaso”. This is a private transfer type of arrangement and what you are paying for is goodwill, stock, fixtures and fittings in the premises (if they are not the property of the premises owner) and also getting the existing business holder to give up the right to what ever is left …

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Reclaiming 3% Retention Held back from Property Sale

If you are a fiscal resident in Spain and can produce a certificate of fiscal residence from the Spanish tax authorities the gain you make on the sale of a property will be taxed and included as part of your anual declaración de la renta. However if you are a NON fiscal resident in Spain an amount of 3% of the sale price of your Spanish property will be witheld and paid to the Spanish …

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Inheritance Tax: IMPUESTO SOBRE SUCESIONES Y DONACIONES

INHERITANCE MATTERS AND DEATH DUTIES FOR BRITISH PASSPORT HOLDERS LEAVING PROPERTY IN SPANISH TERRITORY   This is a complicated process and you may well decide to appoint a solictor rather than try and deal with the matter your self. The main difference between British and Spanish rules is that spain does not accept the concept of the “estate” of the deceased being taxed, in Spain the BENEFICIARIES of the deceased are individually taxed and importantly …

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S1 (Formerly E121)

If you are living permanently in Spain and you receive an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit, you may be entitled to state healthcare in Spain paid for by the UK. You will need to apply for a certificate of entitlement known as an S1 form. If so, you may also get healthcare cover from the UK not only for yourself but also for any members of your family who depend …

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What To Do In The Event Of a Death

If the death is suspicious or accidental the police would become involved and then there may have to be an autopsy and an enquiry in which case the relatives would be advised of what steps to take. If the deceased died in hospital then you should advise your local funeral director or Funeral Plan holder who will take care of arrangements. If the deceased; Died of natural causes at home Was registered with the Canarian Health service …

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Registering your child for a state school in Tenerife

If your child is staring school for the first time you need to sign them up in March/April for the following September. If they are transferring from a UK school you can apply at any time (obviously not school holidays) but may have to wait for the next term to start. You must visit the school administrator of the appropriate school in your cachement area, where you will be given a list of all that …

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Getting your own Doctor’s appointment at the Canarian National Health Doctor’s Surgery

If you know your CIP number which is on your medical card (and provided you are properly registered with a Spanish GP), then you can make an appointment on the internet click on this link Or you can ‘phone 012 seven days a week to make an appointment with your GP, when you get through a recorded voice will speak giving you options, when it pauses then press “one” on your telephone. You may get straight through …

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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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Emergency Health Service Assistance Whilst On Holiday In Tenerife

If you need an Ambulance dial 112: if you say “English” a couple of times you will be passed to an English Speaking Operator. If you need to employ an interpreter during your doctor’s/ hospital visits please telephone (0034) 647057599 In the South of the Island of Tenerife, The Hospital del Sur (formerly known as El Mojon) has a 24 hour ER and Outpatients department for most disciplines except Onconology although there is a day …

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Who is entitled to Spanish National Health Cover How Can I apply?- Quick Guide

The grid below gives a guide to the documents rewuired to obtaion Spanish state health care entitlement and where you can obtain them. Use this link to download the asistencia sanitaria application form http://www.seg-social.es Use this link to make an appointment with CAISS https://sede.seg-social.gob.es ** Social Security There are offices in various parts of the island and depending on where you live and what business you need to transact you may be required to go to Los …

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Prescriptions

Many medications can not be purchased without a prescription either from a Private doctor or from your Spanish National Health service GP. In Spain National health prescriptions are partly paid for by the patient. A co-payment system of contributing towards the cost of prescriptions was introduced in July 2012. Most people, including UK pensioners, will be required to pay a percentage of the cost of their prescription medication. Co-payment will be handled by each autonomous …

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Can I get Health Care In Spain?

The Spanish National Healthcare Service is considered to be one of the best in Europe. Most statistics show the  the equal of the UK NHS and in some cases better. Access to this service is freely available to EU citizens as long as you have taken the necessary steps to prove your entitlement to the Spanish authorities, which in the case of  a retired person’s S1 document  will include applying for a Green  Residence registration certificate. The rules …

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