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The padron certificate explained

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, August, 3. 2021

Lawyer Raymundo Larrain briefly explains to us why and how to register with your town hall’s census, this is known as empadronamiento in Spanish.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Abogados
8th of August 2021

What is a certificado de empadronamiento?

A certificado de empadronamiento is a certificate that confirms you are registered at your local town hall census. It is often referred to in Spanish as Padrón. To register oneself is called empadronarse, in Spanish.

What’s its purpose?

It’s basically used to keep tabs on demographic data, which enables the state to allocate more efficiently public resources to different cities and towns based on its registered population. The more citizens registered in a census, the more resources and money the town is allocated by the government.

For example, this translates into a larger number of ambulances, firemen, police officers, street cleaners, etc.

Who needs a Padrón?

It is normally used on applying for Spanish residency, either individually or collectively. But it is also required on a number of other cases, as collated below.

Padrón uses

  • Vote
  • Apply/renew your residency permit
  • Apply for a public health insurance card
  • Entitles to free vaccination during the pandemic (Covid-19 jab, etc)
  • Get married
  • Enrol children in local schools
  • Buy/sell a car
  • To claim benefits
  • To attain subsidies

 

Documents required to enrol yourself

This changes from one town hall to the next, and also depending on your own personal circumstances, so I will not be listing any.

Conclusion

Much like a NIE number, a padron certificate is just one of those documents you will constantly need in Spain in your day-to-day life. You should apply for one as soon as possible to save yourself much aggravation.

You can hire our padron service for a very competitive fee: (Costa del Sol & Sotogrande only):

Empadronamiento

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Article originally published at Spanish Property Insight: The Padron certificate explained

Please note the information provided in this blog post is of general interest only and is not to be construed or intended as substitute for professional legal advice. This article may be posted freely on websites or other social media so long as the author is duly credited. Plagiarizing, whether in whole or in part, this article without crediting the author may result in criminal prosecution. VOV.

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I want a Spanish visa, but I don’t want to pay any taxes in Spain

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, August, 1. 2021

Marbella-based Larraín Nesbitt Abogados (LNA) has over 18 years’ taxation & conveyancing experience at your service. We offer a wide range of 50 legal and corporate services. Our team of native English-speaking lawyers and economists has a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers
1st of August 2021

More and more UK nationals are enquiring on the different types of visa available to circumvent the pesky 90/180-day rule that aggravates us post-Brexit.

A question we get, almost on a daily basis, is as follows: “I want a Spanish visa, but I don’t want to pay any taxes in Spain, I don’t want to become tax resident in Spain. I want to continue to pay taxes in the UK.”

This is a bit like saying you want to get married but want none of the fights and obligations that go with it, you just want the good stuff. As its own name implies, attaining residency in Spain means you are applying for an admin perm it to live all year round in Spain (to bypass the 90/180-day rule). However, the tax implication of this is that indirectly it may trigger tax residency in Spain should you remain more than 183 days a year in Spain within a tax calendar.

The fact is that visa renewals are tied to proving you live in Spain long term, which indirectly triggers tax residency in Spain. If you are unable to prove you are in fact living in Spain long term, your visa renewal will simply be turned down by Immigration Authorities. So, it’s a catch-22.

But is it really closed to debate? No, there is a loophole.

The only exception to this general visa rule is the investor visa, popularly dubbed as the ‘Golden Visa’ (GV). The reason being is that renewals of a GV are not tied to proving you live in Spain long term, unlike every other visa, but rather on proving you keep the investment that made it possible to attain in the first place. This is a very important nuance.

In plain English, a GV neatly bypasses the requirement to live in Spain all year round, which triggers tax residency. With a GV you can in fact spend as much or as little time as you fancy in Spain. So long as you do not spend more than 183 days a year in Spanish territory within a calendar year, you will not be regarded as tax resident in Spain (it should be noted other criteria may also apply to determine a taxpayer’s tax residency).

This is precisely what makes a Golden Visa the most coveted visa available in Spain, because of its unique ability to override (within the law) the 90/180-day rule and not trigger tax residency in Spain. This distinctive ability, not found in any other visa, makes it hands down the most sought-after visa in all of Spain.

Bottom line, if you want to apply for Spanish residency, but do not want to become tax resident in Spain, your only (legal) option is a Golden Visa, period. Every other visa type hinge on you categorically proving you live in Spain long term, which will trigger tax residency eventually.

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At Larrain Nesbitt Abogados, we have assisted hundreds of EU and non-EU nationals to successfully attain a Spanish residency permit.

Interested? Come and speak to Larraín Nesbitt Abogados’ friendly staff who will be pleased to guide you through the different residency options, choosing the one that appeals to you most. Your family’s success is only one call away: (+34) 952 19 22 88.

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Marbella’s high-end market is booming!

IDEALISTA, July, 1. 2021

Idealista is Spain's leading online property portal, ranking number one. It was recently sold for over 1.3bn euros to EQT group.

It was founded in 2000 by three partners, brothers Mr. Jesús and Fernando Encinar, and by Mr. César Oteiza. It offers millions of properties for rental and sale in Portugal, Italy and Spain.

Following Nielsen audited ratings, it has over 144 million pages visited every month, 5 million unique users, 300 employees, and an annual turnover of over €40mn.

Idealista kindly published our article in exclusivity on their website in five languages, no less!: Marbella’s high-end market is booming!

English    French     German    Italian 

Polish     Portuguese   Romanian   Russian

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