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Blog from CAB Spain Adviser, Philip Carroll

How Can Citizens Advice Bureau Spain Benefit You?

As an expatriate living in Spain; do you find that the Spanish bureaucratic system can be disconcerting? Have you discovered that the simplest of transactions are difficult to conclude? Find yourself searching for answers to problems only to discover that there is nowhere where you could find a solution? I am assuming that the answer is yes and that is why should be a member of our web site if you arent already.

What Will Happen To Uk Nationals In Spain If The Uk Decides To Leave The Eu. A Personal View.

This is the basis of a post on one of of our forums I wrote last year in response to the question of “What happens if the UK leaves the EU”. I have updated it a little as I talked about the general election, but I think the content i

Tax Cuts In Spain In 2015, Not If Your Income Is In Sterling

There has been a lot of information recently regarding the revised tax legislation that will result in tax cuts in 2015 (see my blog of 23rd November 2014 and the detail of the changes in our Library here ). However, if your income is in sterlin

It’s A Good News Day For Non-residents Inheritance Tax – Maybe Not !

I think Blogs must be like buses, there isn’t one for a while, and then two come along at the same time. On Saturday I published the proposed changes to the tax legislation following the completion of the parliamentary processes of the dra

Tax Changes In Spain For 2015

At the start of the summer 2014 the Government released the draft tax changes for 2015 and 2016. Since this time, these have been following the parliamentary process. Yesterday 20th November, the House of Representatives approved amendments inco

It’s A Good News And Bad News Day On The Uk State Pension

Well, there’s good news and bad news and more good news on the state pension front. The good news is that the UK government is finally accepting applications to access their ATM, and has sort of finally updated the pension calculator on their

Make Sure Your Tax Affairs Are In Order: There’s Nowhere To Hide From The Spanish Taxman.

I have written many times that it’s important to make sure that your tax affairs are in order and that the Hacienda can go back 4 years under the statute of limitations. So, even though you may have submitted your 2010 return on time, they hav

Another Day, Another Headline Predicting A Tax Raid On Expats.

Another day, another sensationalist headline implying that expats face yet another tax raid, particularly those who rent out their homes, or draw a government pension. Headlines include “Expats who rent out their homes in Britain will be strip

How To Draw Free Money From The Government Atm

On the 27th June 1967 Barclays installed the first ATM in the UK. Some 47 years later they are on every street corner, banks, shops, and we use them more than banks. I remember when the network was expanded in the UK, as I worked for a high stre

Cab Spain To Put A Man (or Woman) On The Moon ?

On the 25th May 1961 John F Kennedy pledged that the USA would aim to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Tragically he didn’t live to see that achievement, but it’s still impacting on our lives today over 50 years later, through

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