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19 Oct at 6 PM

Cadiz car thieves steal Ford and take European tour

A British expat living in Cadiz got the shock of his life when attempting to sell his Ford Mondeo. When Elliot Higgins, now living in Cadiz’s Chiclana de Frontera, decided to sell his car, he couldn’t have imagined the consequences! After advertising the Ford Mondeo online, he received a reply from a couple requesting a test drive to...
19 Oct at 6 PM

UAE expat wives now allowed one year post-divorce visa

UAE-based expatriate husbands subject to divorce proceedings can no longer use their sponsorship powers to threaten their wives. Expatriate wives sponsored by their husbands need no longer fear having to leave the country at short notice when divorce proceedings are under way. A new UAE law aims to protect divorcees, widows and their...
19 Oct at 6 PM

Expat voters with representatives could change the world

Over the last five decades, the number of expats living abroad has soared to 250 million, but almost all have no effective political representation back in the home country. Whilst it might seem illogical that citizens who’ve opted to spend many years overseas should have a say in the politics of the home country, the last few years...
19 Oct at 6 PM

Kuwait lawmakers busy making more new expat rules

Expats in Kuwait seem to be both positive and negative targets for municipal lawmakers, with the emirate churning out new rules by the day. It’s good news for some expats and not so good for others as the Kuwait parliament tinkers with changing existing laws and inventing new ones. For example, the former age restriction applied to...
19 Oct at 6 PM

Dutch expat tax reprieve causes more confusion

Rather than being a solution to the Dutch government’s sudden changes to the 30 per cent expat tax relieve scheme, the recent changes are causing yet more confusion. Expat professionals attracted to the Netherlands by the government’s 30 per cent of salary tax free deal for eight years were horrified when lawmakers suddenly shortened...
19 Oct at 6 PM

No need for UK expat panic over French draft law

A media clarification about the French government’s intentions for UK expats after a no-deal Brexit explains the issue as it now stands. Recent press reports on British expats’ status in France should a no-deal Brexit happen have caused unnecessary concern to many UK citizens who’ve chosen to make the country their permanent...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Last South African QROPS removed from list by HMRC

The latest HMRC list has confirmed the removal of South Africa’s last QROPS. The list, published October 15, conforms the removal of the ABSA Group Pension Fund, with neither the group nor HMRC commenting on the removal to date. Normally, QROPS deletions take place for one of three reasons – either HMRC is investigating the scheme’s...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Kuwait plans further reduction in expat numbers

Kuwaiti lawmakers are planning to reduce expat employment in the public sector to just 10 per cent of the emirate’s entire workforce. A report limiting the numbers of expats working in Kuwait’s public sector to 10 per cent as well as restricting expat employment to just the educational and medical sectors is being submitted to the...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Disenfranchised Brit expats come closer to getting vote

A Welsh MP's private members’ bill aimed at ending the hated 15-year disenfranchisement rule has moved one small step closer to becoming law. The Overseas Electors Bill, brought forward by MP Glyn Davies and supported by famous nonagenarian British expat Harry Shindler, has been passed for a second reading by the British House of...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Southwestern France hit by devastating floods as storm batters Carcassone

Devastating floods in France’s southwestern corner have resulted in destruction and death. Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate, roads were washed away, hospitals were flooded and at least 13 people are known to have died after several months’ worth of rain fell in France’s Aude region during just a few hours overnight....
16 Oct at 6 PM

Dutch government backtracks on 30% expat tax relief ruling

As the Dutch government delays implementation of the widely unpopular 30% rule changes, lawyers for the expats affected declare the rule violates Dutch law. Faced with lobbying by major international Netherlands-based companies as well as expat professionals' grassroots protest groups, the Dutch government has announced the inception of...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Controversy surrounding Golden Visas causes calls for more control

Recent publicity surrounding the controversial subject of Golden Visas is resulting in calls for more control over their issuance. EU lawmakers are now calling for tighter controls over the so-called Golden Visa purchases of second passports and residential rights in exchange for cash. Major concerns about the second passport schemes are...
15 Oct at 6 PM

Brit expats in Portugal urged to register as residents

The recently arrived new British Ambassador to Portugal is urging British expats to register with the authorities before March 29. Ambassador Chris Sainty believes there may come a point when it’s crucial for British expatriates living in Portugal to have the correct registration papers before Brexit kicks in. His comment came during a...
15 Oct at 6 PM

Andalusia now hotspot for UK pre-retirement property purchases

Andalusian real estate firms whose clients are mainly pre-retirement Brits cite change of lifestyle as the main attraction. According to leading agencies in the area, around 80 percent of British property hunters are looking for a holiday home which can become their retirement dream at a later date. In addition, the majority are looking...
15 Oct at 6 PM

QROPS transfer tax revenues disappoint HMRC

UK expat pensioners might well be overjoyed to hear the controversial QROPs overseas transfer tax has been a bitter disappointment for the UK taxman. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs was expecting a welcome windfall when it introduced the unpopular transfer tax, paid by expat retirement savers on the transfer of their offshore...
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  • "The law has been passed this week and Spain offers arguably the most attractive "Golden Visa" option in Europe. We should not expect this to move the market in Spain. We are talking about investment over €500,000, the luxury end. And nationwide we would expect no more than a few hundred transactions in the first year. But it is a positive..." left by La Vida Spain on New Spanish property investment visa draws Chinese and Russians
  • "After reading about the expats survey in our local freebie paper and deciding to take part, logging on to this left me quite bamboozled as to where the survey is, there seems to be no sign of it. I suggest if a survey is being conducted under whatever guise a list of questions be published for expats to answer. Otherwise this survey is..." left by Brian Milnes on Massive new independent expat survey now live online
  • "The article is quite clear and as usual in this country ( spain) because I live in a remote area I only find things out accidently or by being surprised and fined. I don't understand how the European parliament does not act against this type of 'robo'. It is so frustrating to see a corrupt and authoritarian Spanish government get away with..." left by john porro on Spain to apply stealth tax to residents with solar power
  • "Absolutely right - already we have been receiving requests from cliets based in Italy to look at how they can 'avoid' the new regime. The Italian government is shooting itself in the foot on this one - people will relocate!" left by TaxTeddy on Changes to Italian tax regime to hit hard on expats
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