S1 (Formerly E121)

Covid 19 British Consulate S1 information update 26/03/20 UPDATE FROM THE BRITISH CONSULATE -1. If you have been issued with an S1 form and are registered for residency, but you have not been able to register the S1 with the INSS (Spanish Social Security), then please email the Healthcare Team at healthcare.spain@fco.gov.uk They will help you process your application electronicallyIf you have been issued with an S1 form but you have not been able to …

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HMA Message to British nationals living in Spain or visiting the country

update 19/03/20  21.50 There are still lots of questions about returning to the UK from Spain, Here’s Ambassador Hugh Elliott’s latest message. Today the Embassy have also uploaded a Q&A to provide further guidance at this link: https://bit.ly/2UeKvpW An update from Ambassador a Hugh Elliott We advise British travellers who wish to return to the UK to make travel plans as soon as possible.  More info: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain ************************************************************************** As police cars are now patrolling the main tourist …

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Brexit, Green Residence certificates, TIEs and “Swallows” after Brexit

Those already registered here in Tenerife will at some point have the opportunity to change their police registration document (properly called a Certificado de Registro but also known as a green NIE, green card, residencia, Green certificate) to a third-country nationals’ card, the TIE (tarjeta ID extranjeros) This is to be a European level document /card which will show the country of residence and also that the bearer had taken advantage of their article 50 …

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Important Reassurance From EU for ExPat Workers and Retirees

Protecting citizens’ social security rights (Part of) Press release 30/1/2019 The Commission has consistently made clear that the rights of EU citizens in the United Kingdom and UK nationals in the EU are our priority. They should not pay the price for Brexit. Today’s proposal aims to ensure that in a “no-deal” scenario, the entitlements of those people who exercised their right to free movement before the UK’s withdrawal are safeguarded. These entitlements include periods of …

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Brexit: citizens’ rights and what you can do NOW

UPDATE 19 December 2019 Living in the EU preparing for Brexit: UK nationals in the EU There will be no change to your rights and status as a UK national living in the EU until after Brexit. You can still work, access healthcare and collect your pension as you do now. The Withdrawal Agreement The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on citizens’ rights. You will be covered by the …

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Where do I go to get Vaccinations for trips to other countries?

Whether or not you are eligable for national health cover here in Tenerife you can still use the International Vaccinations centre in Santa Cruz to get the  innoculations required for visiting other countries such as India. The centre is located just past the entrance to the Rambla near the Monumento a la Victoria “angel statue” Sanidad Exterior Rambla Santa Cruz, 169 38001 – Santa Cruz de Tenerife Teléfono: 922 99 92 10 You must make …

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Changes to Social Security and Autonomos (Self Employed)

If  you struggle with Spanish and you are an “autonomo”  – a self-employed person, you may not understand a text you have received  from the Social Security recently – something like this one  The text directs you to a website here  Individual letters are also being sent out which detail the same information as on the website. In a nutshull from the 1st of October all self-employed workers must carry out all their procedures involving …

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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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Main Changes To Accounting Procedures for Self Employed from Jan 2018

Working From Home From 1 January 2018 those declaring their taxes using the direct estimation method are able to deduct part of the utilities expenses of a property partially used for their economic activity and also living expenses that directly relate to the economic activity. Article 11 of Law 6/2017 adds letters b) and c), with effect from January 1, 2018, to rule 5 of section 2 of article 30 of Law 35/2006, of November …

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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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Law Approving Urgent Reforms For Self Employed Workers comes into force

The Law on Self-Employment Measures  intended to make life easier for the self-employed  passed unanimously in Congress and has now passed in the Senate without change. Some measures take effect the day after their publication in the BOE  on the 25 October 2017 while some do not come into force until January 1st 2018. Some of the most welcome measures in the  “Ley de Reformas Urgentes del Trabajo Autónomo” are : Measures for start-ups As from the 1st …

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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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