Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

23 Sep at 6 PM 2014

Spanish tax man hits out at expats with Gibraltar properties

British expats living in Spain who also own property in the British offshore financial hub of Gibraltar are being targeted by the Spanish tax authorities. The sovereignty of the famous Rock of Gibraltar has long been a thorn in the side of Spain, although Britain has managed to hang onto it for several centuries. Spanish finance minister Cristobal Montoro is claiming that 22,000 Gibraltar-registered companies and at least 6,000 expat property owners on the Rock are using Spanish public services but paying almost no tax. According...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2014

EU court rules against Spanish inheritance tax discrimination

Expats with properties in Spain and holiday home owners are to benefit by an EU court ruling allowing them the same range of tax relief options as Spanish citizens. Discrimination against non-residents as regards tax liabilities has long been an issue amongst UK expat property owners who spend time in both countries. By the use of tax relief options, residents’ taxes can be cut to around zero, but the same options have not been granted to part-time expat residents owning holiday homes. The European Court of Justice stated that...
8 Sep at 6 PM 2014

Expats in Spain looking to face LMIM and Axiom crooks in court

Expat victims of two massive investment scams, LMIM and Axiom, are targeting the product providers and salesmen whose greed has resulted in the loss of millions-worth of retirement savings. Rogue FAs operating in Spain as well as the product providers themselves are to be named and shamed in court actions. Groups representing the victims of both Ponzi schemes are requesting that the estimated thousands of other victims join in the fight for justice. The LM Investor Victim Centre (LMIVC) has representatives in Spain already working...
21 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Expats who lost homes during Marbella blaze still awaiting compensation

Expat victims of the devastating fire which razed part of Marbella and Mijas in 2012 are still waiting for compensation from the Spanish authorities. Although the region is finally returning to its full glory after three years, victims who lost their homes and possessions during the massive blaze are still waiting for the promised €14,500 emergency compensation intended to allow them to get on with their lives. The vast majority have not yet received any payments and are living in limbo. One UK expat, a resident in the area for 13...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Santander hitting out at expat accounts again

Following the recent news that British high street bank Santander is busily cancelling its expat customers’ debit cards, its action in blocking one expat’s easy access offshore account seems even more prejudicial. It seems that expats, particularly in Spain, are being targeted by the bank in a stealthy attempt to have them take their business elsewhere. In spite of the fact that expat options as regards offshore banks are limited, the high street bank is making its intentions clearer by the day. Many expats now living in EU...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Are UK expats giving up on La Dolce Vita

Since the heady days of the 1930s, Rome and Italy have been favourites for expats searching for history, beauty and fantastic food and wine. Living the dream in an Italian coastal resort or the wine regions of Tuscany has been the ambition of many Brits as they approach retirement age. Many have made the dream come true, but is it fading due to the effects of the 2008 financial crisis? Italy is now in its third recession since 2008, with its GDP falling, unemployment still on the rise and net trade sliding further into negative...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Expat residents in Cyprus investigated for UK benefit fraud

Following the revelation that a large number of expats all over the world are cheating on UK welfare payments, investigations are now involving over 100 Brits in Cyprus It seems that UK expats living in the Mediterranean’s favourite lifestyle hubs are taking advantage of welfare benefits to which they are not entitled. According to the Department of Work and Pensions, benefit fraud is costing the UK some £82 million every year. The latest expat destination to be investigated is Cyprus, with 126 Britons now being asked...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Do retirement dreams fade after second thoughts kick in

Survey after survey indicates that an increasing number of Brits can’t wait to retire overseas, but second thoughts later in life can wreck the dream. One recent study revealed that around six million British citizens are eager to move to other countries for a variety of reasons. However, many are younger people who find that, the older they get, the less they can face up to the challenges involved. In the real world, retirement overseas has its pitfalls, most of which can be avoided by careful planning and a large dose of...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Costa del Sol Action Group protects expats against financial scams

As the financial chaos following the 2008 crash recedes, the focus is on expats living in retirement hubs overseas and suffering devastating losses via illegal salesmen touting Ponzi schemes and dodgy bonds. One fact that newly-arrived expats in favourite retirement destinations often fail to take on board is that ‘it’s not the UK/USA’, especially as regards consumer protection legislation. From electrical appliances which fail after a month or so to different methods of construction, there’s a world of new experiences waiting...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Annual report shows increase in expats and tourists needing passport assistance

The number of Britons living or visiting overseas who needed passport help during 2013 rose by around eight per cent, not taking into account the huge number of people affected by the massive passport processing backlog. The passport backlog itself caused the worst crisis for the British passport office in decades, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled applications stacked in boxes awaiting processing. Waiting times of up to and over four months caused ruined holidays, missed family occasions and disrupted business trips....