Dealing with someone’s affairs in Spain when they die

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, March, 6. 2023

Lawyer Raymundo Larrain briefly explains the steps that need to be taken to prepare an inheritance procedure in Spain.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers
8th of March 2023

It is strongly recommended that you make a Spanish will when you own property in Spain. The reason is because it will greatly assist your appointed beneficiaries saving them time, money, and aggravation at a time of bereavement. The full advantages are explained in our article:  7 Advantages of Making a Spanish will – 8th May 2018. Spanish wills are usually done in under one hour at a Spanish notary.

It’s important to note you only have 6 months to file inheritance tax in Spain, as from the time of death, without attracting any penalties. After the tax deadline, penalties and delay interests are rolled on top and can be up to 20% of the estate.  Your lawyer can request a one-time extension to avoid this.

When a person dies in Spain, you must appoint a Spanish qualified lawyer to instigate and oversee the probate procedure. Depending on whether there is a Spanish will already made, the procedure can take anywhere between two months to over a year. That is why we stress again that making a Spanish will  is highly advantageous as it cuts through all the red tape saving considerable time and money (in the thousands).

Property in Spain cannot be sold to anyone until the probate procedure has concluded and the taxes have been filed. Only then can the property be re-registered under the beneficiary’s name who becomes the new legal owner and is now free to sell the property on.

Please note that in several regions of Spain, such as Andalusia, inheritance tax has been suppressed, so 99.99% of people don’t pay any tax on inheriting (but the tax still needs to be filed regardless).

If a loved one passes away in Spain, please contact our law firm so we can assist you. We have over 20 years’ experience assisting in probate matters all over Spain. We are here to help.

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Tax advantages of Spain’s Digital Nomad Visa

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, February, 6. 2023

Lawyer Raymond Nesbitt explains the unique tax advantages of Spain’s Digital Nomad Visa

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers
21st of February 2023

Introduction

The new Digital Nomad Visa (DNV) offers unique tax advantages that no other Spanish visa can match. Its main outlier - and what distinguishes it from other available visas - is precisely the wide array of tax benefits it offers. The DNV has been purposely devised so successful applicants pay few taxes; the purpose is to incentivize these overachievers to move and work (remotely) in Spain.

The DNV is modelled after Beckham’s Law, enacted in 2015, and which applies to EU residents which in turn was inspired by the UK’s wildly popular Non-Domiciled taxpayer scheme.

It’s a legal fiction whereby a non-EU taxpayer is treated as a non-fiscal resident in Spain, but for administrative purposes, they are regarded as fully resident in Spain. The tax significance of this nuance simply cannot be understated enough and opens the door to the slew of tax benefits I collate below.

Precisely because of its huge tax advantages, the law time-gates it to a maximum of only five years.

Needless to say, a DNV makes you tax resident in Spain (that’s precisely the whole point!).

Because of its nature (to attract talented individuals), and similar to Golden Visas, all applications are fast-tracked. Meaning that in under one month you know if you’ve been accepted.

In a nutshell, the DNV is all about paying little to no tax.

DNV tax benefits

 

  • All income & assets held abroad go untaxed. In other words, any source of worldwide income is tax-exempt (just like with the popular UKs non-dom tax scheme).
  • DNV holders only pay tax strictly on the income they derive working remotely in Spain for a foreign employer. They will pay a flat tax rate of 24% on the first €600,000 of gross annual earnings over a five-year period.
  • They are not required to file a 720 tax return (unlike Spanish tax residents)
  • They are not required to file Wealth Tax (unlike Spanish tax residents)
  • You can request to defer the payment of tax on the first and second year without penalties or delay interests being rolled on top (as is standard)
  • For the purposes of other tax agencies, you are considered tax resident in Spain.

 

LNA has a 100% track record attaining Spanish residency

 

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At Larrain Nesbitt Abogados, we have assisted hundreds of non-EU nationals, and their families, to successfully attain a Spanish residency permit since 2013.

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.

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How to spend over 90 consecutive days in Spain - General visa overview (updated)

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, January, 9. 2023

Solicitor Raymond Nesbitt supplies us with a general overview on the different types of visa permits available and how to spend more than 90 consecutive days in Spain.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers
1st of January 2023

Introduction

With the advent of the new and upcoming popular Digital Nomad Visa (which has now been approved), it was time to update our visa article. The goal of this article is to explain how you can (legally) spend over 90 consecutive days in Spain.

If you are a non-EU national, you can legally spend up to a maximum of 90 consecutive days in Spain, or within the Schengen Area, within every rolling six-month period. This is popularly known as the 90/180-day rule.

Non-EUs who wish to spend longer periods of time in Spain, or even work, must apply for a visa. Please note that not all visas allow you the right to work in Spain, it should not be taken for granted.

In this article, we supply a general overview of all five visas available through our company.  We won’t cover other options, such as student visas, which are applied for directly by academic institutions.

The five listed visas below allow its successful applicants, and dependants, to remain in Spain for more than 90 consecutive days within a calendar year; moreover, you may stay all year round if it pleases you. As an additional advantage, visa holders will have unfettered access to the Schengen Area (all 26 countries). Basically, you will be treated on equal footing to a Spanish national on entering & exiting the country without all the border & customs hassle that cause so much aggravation.

Regarding taxation, none of them automatically make you tax resident in Spain on attainment. However, if you spend over 183 days/year in Spain you will be deemed tax resident. On applying for a visa renewal, you will have to provide proof you are living in Spain long term, which triggers tax residency.

All visas collated below extend their benefits to the main applicant’s family i.e. spouse and underaged children.

All five listed-below visas have in common the following staple requirements:

  1. Non-EU national.
  2. Hire private health insurance in Spain.
  3. Clean criminal record (previous 5 years).
  4. Be self-supporting (you will not claim benefits).
  5. Not be already in Spain illegally at the time of making a visa application.

 

1. Digital Nomad Visa (DNV)

The DNV belongs to a new generation of visas that specifically target certain collectives that are of interest to the government. To that end, it rolls out the red rug to attract talented teleworkers offering them in exchange unique and enticing advantages. Hands down the outlying advantage is the privileged taxation it confers upon its holders (basically Beckham's law applies). No other visa in Spain offers the benefits of paying such low-income tax: a flat tax rate of only 24% on the first €600,000 of gross annual earnings over a five-year period. Your worldwide income & assets are tax-exempt. If you fancy living and teleworking from Spain, and paying few taxes, look no further.

Suitable for:

  • Freelance workers
  • Affluent candidates 
  • High-end corporate profiles
  • Teleworkers in general

Further reading: Spain’s Digital Nomad Visa approved! – 29th December 2022

We offer this competitively priced visa service: Digital Nomad Visa

2. Golden Visa – Investor visa

The investor visa is devised for affluent applicants. It is popularly known as a ‘Golden Visa’. It’s a blue-ribbon visa that basically rolls out the red rug for its privileged holders that neatly cuts through all the red tape. Its purpose is to foster foreign investments in Spain. Whilst there are many different ways to attain a GV, the most popular (and least expensive) is by investing in Spanish real estate. This requires investing €500,000 in property. We should point out that it applies retrospectively; meaning that any UK national (or from any other non-EU country) that bought a property in Spain for over 500k on or after the 28th of September 2013 may qualify. Unlike the other visas listed below, renewals are not subject to proving you live in Spain all year round. They are based on keeping the investment. This ability to override the 90/180-day rule and not being ‘forced’ to live in Spain make it one-of-a-kind and explains why it is so coveted. GVs allow you to work in Spain should you choose to.

Suitable for:

  • Affluent property buyers
  • Investors, developers
  • High-flyers

Further reading: The Spanish Golden Visa: 8 Reasons to apply – 21st March 2022

We offer this competitively priced visa service: Golden Visa

3. Marriage visa – EU Family regroupment

It’s intended for families or couples that have been separated, in and out of the EU. It seeks to reunite them in an expedited manner within the EU. So, although this type of visa is popularly dubbed as ‘marriage visa,’ it would be rather more appropriate to refer to it as ‘family visa’, as its scope goes well beyond a married couple. It ought to be understood in broader terms, as in family reunion. As its own name implies, couples must be married (including same-sex partners). This visa allows you to work in Spain.

Suitable for:

  • Separated family members that wish to reunite within the EU
  • Married couples

Further reading:  EU-family regrouping (marriage visa)

We offer this competitively priced visa service: EU-family regrouping (Marriage Visa)

4. Business visa – Lucrative Visa

As its own name implies, this permit allows the applicant to work in Spain as you will be self-employed. This residency applies to someone who is looking to set up his own business in Spain. Typically, you will be acting as director or company administrator. Needless to say, one of the key requirements is that you will have enough means to be self-supporting both for yourself and your family for one year. The catch, besides a cast-iron motivation, is that you need to invest in the ballpark of €100,000 in savings to open & run a business.

Suitable for:

  • Applicants wishing to set up and run a family business in Spain
  • Self-employed
  • Dauntless entrepreneurs

Further reading:  Lucrative residency permit (business visa)

We offer this competitively priced visa service: Lucrative Visa

5. Pensioner visa – Non-Lucrative Visa

As its own name implies, this visa allows the applicant to live, but not to work, in Spain. The applicant will be expected to be self-supporting and will be required to prove he or she has enough savings for at least two years. This visa is ideal for retirees who wish to spend extended periods of time in Spain – without working – enjoying the finer things in life. However, it should be noted that other applicants, who are not of pensioner age, are also welcome to apply. This visa is also a good option for those who want to test the waters and are considering living in Spain long term.

Suitable for:

  • Pensioners
  • Would-be buyers, long-term tenants
  • Bon vivants with a healthy bank balance

Further reading: The Spanish Non-Lucrative Visa Explained

We offer this competitively priced visa service: Non-Lucrative Visa

LNA has a 100% track record attaining Spanish residency

 

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At Larrain Nesbitt Abogados, we have assisted hundreds of non-EU nationals to successfully attain a Spanish residency permit since 2013.

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Article originally published at Spanish Property Insight: How to spend over 90 days in Spain – Residency visa overview

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Spain’s Digital Nomad Visa approved!

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, January, 1. 2023

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Abogados
29th of December 2022

The Digital Nomad Visa was approved in Spain on the 23rd of December 2022.

The DNV is extensive to family members i.e. spouse and children under the age of 18 years old.

It allows you to work remotely from Spain.

The main advantage of a DNV is that it grants its applicants a special tax regime whereby they pay very few taxes as opposed to the standard IRPF (personal income tax) sliding scale.

Applications are now open for this visa. Please contact us to get the ball rolling.

Our law firm has a track record of 100% attaining Spanish residency permits since 2013.

 

Main advantages

  • Five-year residency permit. Initially on a one-year application, followed by two-year renewals up to a total of 5 years. The visa extends to the family of the main applicant.
  • Allows you to work in Spain remotely. Moreover, it encourages you to work in Spain, specifically remotely with your laptop (or desktop).
  • Allows you to legally override the 90/180-day rule that limits stay in Spain (and by extension in the Schengen Area/EU).
  • Tax breaks for the foreign employer (if it has an establishment in Spain)
  • Tax breaks for the employee (DNV applicant). This is the core advantage. It basically applies a privileged non-domiciled tax scheme to teleworkers that allows them to pay a flat tax rate of only 24% on the first €600,000 of gross annual earnings over a five-year period.

 

Specific requirements

  • Non-EU/EEA national i.e. British
  • You need to prove you are hired by a foreign company. This is the core requirement.
  • You need to prove you have formal academic qualifications i.e. a university degree, business school or professional qualification.
  • You need to prove you have at least 3 years of work experience.
  • Not to have resided in Spain during the previous 5 years.
  • Not to obtain income from a permanent establishment in Spain.

 

If you wish to apply for a DNV, our law firm offers this visa service:

Digital Nomad Visa

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At Larrain Nesbitt Abogados we have over 20 years’ experience buying, selling, and renting properties. We are also specialized in taxation, immigration & residency visas. We offer a wide range of 50 legal and corporate services. Our team of native English-speaking lawyers and economists have a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain. You can review here our client’s testimonials.You can contact us by e-mail at info@larrainnesbitt.com, by telephone on (+34) 952 19 22 88, or by completing our contact form to book an appointment.

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Spain to approve an additional Wealth Tax that will do more harm than good

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, December, 5. 2022

The Spanish government has approved another ‘temporary’ Wealth Tax on ‘big fortunes’ that is more about politics than economics, and likely to be counter-productive.

Marbella-based Larraín Nesbitt Abogados (LNA) has over 19 years’ taxation & conveyancing experience at your service. We offer a wide range of over 50 legal and corporate services. Our team of native English-speaking lawyers and economists have a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain. You can review here our client’s testimonials.

By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Abogados
8th of December 2022

Introduction

Spain is different.

In order to better understand why Spain would approve a second Wealth Tax, I need to preface this article with a political digression on how we got here in the first place because this new tax is being introduced solely for political reasons, serving no other purpose.

Politics, always the politics

As frequent readers will recall, Spain already has in place another ‘temporary’ (read permanent) Wealth Tax, control over which was devolved to Spain’s 17 autonomous regions. This tax was once suppressed, and then reinstated again by a socialist government and applies nationwide (Impuesto de Patrimonio). Being a devolved tax Spanish regions have leeway to make adjustments as they see fit to the point of even suppressing the Wealth Tax.

In broad strokes, Spain is traditionally split into two ideological camps like many other countries:

1. Left-wing parties that favour higher taxes to finance the needs of an ever-expanding public administration, and increasing public expenditure to finance more services (health, education, etc).

2. Right-wing parties that favour low taxation and a slim but efficient public sector to dynamize the economy and increase employment.

These two opposing camps often clash on administrative and tax matters and coalesce on implementing different tax measures, depending on which side is ruling at any given moment.

Spain is now ruled at a national level by a coalition government of socialists and communists whose self-declared goal is to increase the fiscal pressure on taxpayers, which brings us to the new tax this article is about (known as ITSGF for short, explained below) to prop up an ever-growing public sector.

As I’ve already mentioned, Spain’s autonomous regions are run by governments of different political stripes. In the regions where centre-right parties have been elected like Madrid, Andalusia, and Galicia, they have put in practice (to great success) liberal fiscal policies that reduce taxation, even going so far as to suppress some taxes altogether like the original Wealth tax.

In these three liberal regions, as I have painstakingly recorded over the years through multiple articles, the economic phenomenon of Laffer’s curve can be observed. In a nutshell, this economic theory (penned by US economist Mr. Arthur Laffer) says that a tax reduction can actually increases tax revenue up to a certain marginal revenue point (only if supplemented by other measures, such as a reduction of public expenditure).

These regions have de facto suppressed both the Wealth Tax and Inheritance Tax, amongst many other tax instruments, as I’ve reported in several articles over the years:

 

The liberal fiscal policy pursued by these three regions has triggered strong economic growth with welcome consequences in those regions. Besides a notable increase in tax revenue, the unemployment rate has fallen, and foreign investment has increased. This resounding success is in stark contrast to the rest of Spain where economic policy has strangled the economy through higher taxation, fostering huge levels of unemployment.

Despite the success of liberal regions, the national government in Madrid has decided to enact a ‘new’ (second) Wealth Tax to quash the fiscal competencies of liberal regions under the cover of harmonising (read equalizing) the fiscal policy nationwide to avoid what they label as ‘unfair’ competition and fiscal dumping (Spanish anglicized made up word).

The frustrating thing is that all regions in Spain have the same freedom to pursue such liberal policies if they want to, prompting economic success on its wake, but they purposely deny themselves such an option because of their own ideology, which drags down their regional economies.

For example, take the case of Catalonia. This is one of Spain’s industrial and financial powerhouses whose rightful place should be at the forefront of the economy. However, the regional government has held the economy back through a series of misguided policies that reduce incentives for local companies to create jobs, and deter foreign investment. Take, for example Barcelona’s hostility to foreign property-investors.  

In a nutshell, the purpose sought by our government in Madrid through this new tax bill is primarily to exert control, negating all the successful fiscal policies lawfully passed by these three liberal regions freely exercising their constitutional rights, and bring them to heel in line with the rest of Spain’s (failing) regions under the government’s direct control.

This will no doubt have serious repercussions for the Spanish economy, because Madrid is Spain’s financial powerhouse. If you mess up Madrid’s economy, the country will hurt (badly).

New solidarity tax on the rich (impuesto temporal de solidaridad a las grandes fortunas, or ITSGF for short)

The instrument for this policy is a new ‘Temporary Solidarity Tax on Big Fortunes’ (known for short by its Spanish initials ITSGF) to be enacted on or before the 31st of December 2022 with retroactive effects to the 1st of January 2022. In other words, it covers all of the tax year 2022.

Its goal is to collect 1.5 billion euros a year from the ‘super rich’ (personally I’d call it a win if it even manages to rake in 300 million euros). As you can see from the wealth tranches below, it doesn’t take billions to be considered ‘super rich’ in Spain.

The ITSGF is divided into three tranches:

  • €3,000,000 to €5,300,000 – 1.7%
  • €5,300,001 to €10,600,000 – 2.1%
  • Over €10,600,001 – 3.5%

 

In practice, taxpayers have a minimum allowance of €700,000, so the above figures must take this into account, besides other personal tax allowance like a main home.

Unconstitutional

As mentioned above, the Wealth Tax was devolved to Spain’s 17 regions, as enshrined in Spain’s Constitution of 1978. It is no longer a (tax) competency held by Spain’s central government. The ITSGF in effect encroaches on a legal competency that was assigned to regional tax authorities and is constitutionally enshrined.

In other words, the central government has no business with the Wealth Tax, which is a matter for the regions, but that has not stopped it interfering with a new Wealth Tax dressed up as a ‘Solidarity Tax’ to gain an advantage over its political rivals by cornering them and negating their (economic) success.

Moreover, it is one of our general tax principles that you cannot be taxed twice for the same thing. It stands to reason that introducing a second tax that taxes exactly the same thing is unconstitutional and can – and should – be legally challenged at court.

Under normal circumstances, I can safely say this new politically motivated tax would be quashed by Spain’s Constitutional Court for self-evident reasons.

However, we are not living under ‘normal’ circumstances. We have a Spanish President whose relentless pursuit of power has led him to ‘colonize’ all independent democratic institutions in the country by appointing his own people, which includes tarnishing the prestige and independence of the Constitutional Court itself by promoting two allies who give the government a majority of vote in this court. Therefore, the outcome of this law being repealed is uncertain, at best.

Impact on the overall economy

In short, negative.

This could prompt an exodus of affluent taxpayers, who will relocate to neighbouring states with low taxation, such as Portugal and Andorra. This will enable them to mitigate their tax bill, within the law.

It will also disincentivize foreign investments in Spain. At a time when Andalusia (but also Madrid and Galicia) were attracting substantial foreign investments that translated into the creation of jobs and higher tax revenues, this new tax will throw a spanner in the works, dampening the business mood.

This new tax is – clearly – politically motivated having no economic or legal logic to it, to put it mildly. In fact, we can credit our President Mr Sanchez as the creator of political taxes that serve no discernible purpose other than to create a political advantage of sorts; even if it’s at the expense of the whole country.

Podemos, the pro-Russian, hard-left junior partner of the socialist government, has basically pushed for this law to be passed if Mr. Pedro Sanchez wants to secure their political backing in the new upcoming national elections in 2023.

But ultimately, it’s not even about this tax.

It’s about taking away the freedom and (tax) competency of autonomous regions and placing them under the control of a central government that seeks to quash any and all dissension and freedom, ‘equalizing us all’. Ironically, Mr. Pedro Sanchez is acting much as General Franco did under his loathsome four-decade dictatorship, killing freedom.

Spain’s future is bleak

An economic meteorite is heading towards Spain in the shape of a ballooning public debt (€1.5 trillion) and soaring interest rates.

Unless decisive action is taken, either by the EU, or by a new government that adopts sensible economic policies such as lowering taxes and reducing public expenditure, Spain could find itself in a very delicate situation where it has difficulty borrowing and/or even repaying the (high) interests of its public debt. If, on top of this, its credit-rating takes a tumble, like it did during 2011-2013, it could push the country over the edge.

I get how most politicians are not economists and tend to overspend and overpromise with an eye on poll day. I really get it, it’s part of the game we call democracy.

However, when the ambitions of the few threaten the welfare of the many, we need to put checks and balances in place. And that onus, I’m afraid, now falls on our EU Overlords to rein in the exuberant excesses of our deluded political class.

For it is clear Spanish politicians are not up to the task, and their complacency blinds them from stepping up and taking responsibility for our economic future. Short-sighted career politicians who take decisions on the hoof, based on short-term opinion polls, are a nuisance under normal circumstances, but they can become a big liability when the economy slows down and is derailed by high inflation.

Next year we have general elections in Spain, so our government is in overdrive hyping all sort of promises and financial commitments to secure votes and political allies across the left of the political spectrum. Foremost amongst the government’s main objectives, in view of the general elections, is to bring down unemployment (13%, the highest out of any OECD country, that’s out of 38 member countries) that most affects collectives such as women and young adults. To ‘massage’ the high unemployment figures, which don’t reflect well in polls, the government has been busy hiring public-sector workers at full throttle using public money, and EU money.

A few key figures to keep on mind on where Spain is heading next economically:

  • 80% of all new jobs created in Spain have been in Spain’s (bloated) public sector, fostered by the government.
  • On average, the wages in the public sector are 70% higher than those in the private sector.
  • Over 75% of the much-vaunted EU’s NextGen funds have been allocated to public administrations! In other words, they have not reached SMEs (which constitute 90% of Spain’s productive industry) nor millions of ailing Spanish families who (literally) cannot afford high energy bills and struggle to make ends meet every month.
  • Spain’s fiscal pressure is 27% higher by comparison to fellow EU countries.
  • Spain spends over 300 billion euros a year in pensions and civil servants' wages. In 2005 civil servants' wages were 7.5% of GDP, now in 2022 they are almost 13% (its almost doubled).
  • Over 300 companies a day are filing for creditor protection in Spain (the highest figure on record, even surpassing that of 2011-2013 when Spain almost defaulted on repaying its high interests and was on the brink of being bailed out by the EU as the country’s credit-rating took a plunge) which means thousands of workers are losing their jobs every day.
  • And last but not least the most severe one: Spain’s public debt has ballooned by over 30% under the incumbent, to a staggering record-breaking 1.5 trillion euros (€1,500,000,000,000). That’s over 133% to GDP of debt! Every day another 300 million euros is piled into this debt. This is by a long shot the most serious figure of all.

 

So basically, what our government is doing is ploughing forward with blinkers on, over-indebting the country, and using all that borrowed money to hire yet even more civil servants with an eye on the next general election. In the words of Oscar Wilde: “The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.”

In a context of ultra-high inflation, where central banks are ‘forced’ to hike up interest rates like there is no tomorrow month after month, owing 1.5 trillion euros can pose a real threat for Spain’s ability to repay back loan interests in the future, let alone the principal.

It is no longer far-fetched to imagine a scenario of interest rates reaching two digits over the next two years, much like in the eighties. This would seriously compromise Spain’s ability to repay its ever-growing debt interests, even compromising its borrowing ability unless the ECB keeps its policy of open hands.

If Spain continues its present course unchecked, it does not seem unreasonable to expect  ‘issues’ on repaying its loan commitments, or even raising new debt. As Italy’s situation is not much better, the European Union, in order to ensure its very own survival, should really start to rein in the borrowing of Spanish politicians and school them on the benefits of a frugal economy: to save money, invest it wisely, and think about the long run; not to overspend it and take on more and more loans they can’t repay.

Spain’s economy is not as resilient and strong as that of Germany; we categorically cannot be burdened with such high public debt figures in the long run least it compromises the economic viability of the country itself.

Better oversight

The EU should seriously consider monitoring where the over 130 billion euros in EU money sent to Spain is going. No one seems to know what this money is being spent on.

The EU’s high commissioner, Ms. Monika Hohlmeier, appointed to oversee the expenditure control of the EU’s Next Gen Funds across all EU member States, recently declared in an interview: “I have no clue what Spain is doing with it (EU funds)”. We could always ask Spain’s own national commissioner to shed some light on the matter but, oh wait, she resigned early on this year, so that’s that.

Billions of euros in EU taxpayers’ money are being squandered and no one knows where it’s going, and no one is held accountable. But clearly these EU rescue funds are not reaching struggling families or ailing SME’s, which was precisely the whole point of the Covid rescue funds.

I wrote an admonitory article on this almost two years ago: Now you see it, now you don’t - 12th February 2021

Conclusion

It is clear to me that Spanish politicians are burying their heads in the sand, refusing to acknowledge the harsh reality of a sharp rise in interest rates, all the while consumed by their own petty squabbles.

Unless the EU steps up, and acts decisively (even if spurred to act out of self-interest to ensure its own preservation), Spain will head down a dangerous path that could lead to repayment issues on its vast public debt.

As much as we are all (very) grateful to generous EU taxpayers’ solidarity through the Covid rescue funds (NextGen funds), the truth of the matter is that the EU is spoiling Spain like a child indulging it on its reckless credit addiction. Spain needs to grow up and face the harsh reality, adapting its economic policy to become more competitive and resilient in a digital economy, to reduce its overall expenditure (does our government really need 22 ministries?), to curb its insatiable reliance on public debt.

Madrid, Andalusia and Galicia have shown us there is an alternative, a way out of this vicious credit spiral through the pursuit of liberal policies that have helped their economies boom, unlike in the rest of Spain.

I fully understand that overcoming bipartisan rivalries is easier said than done, granted, but Spanish politicians really need to get their act together and start thinking about tomorrow, adopting a grand long-term strategy for the good of the country and its people, instead of just living for today burning borrowed money like there is no tomorrow; much like in Aesop’s fable of the ant and the grasshopper. Winter is coming.

The core argument I try make in this article is that the new ITSGF bill is a bad idea that exemplifies everything that Spain’s government is doing wrong economically, and that we ought to avoid at all costs. It is primarily a political tax whose purpose is more about firing up the base than raising tax. This government has proven adept at pinning the blame for economic woes they’ve helped create on easy targets such as banks, utility, and energy companies, and now the latest villain, the ‘super-rich’ (insert evil laughter here).

Back on planet earth, if our EU Overlords do not act to rein in Spain’s credit addiction, as clearly Spanish politicians are not fit for the task, Spain will endure serious financial problems in the future that could even threaten the EU itself.

The European Union is -without a shadow of doubt- the most ambitious and greatest political achievement of humankind of all time; a living testament to those eleven men that made it possible and averted all future wars in European soil. We should not jeopardize its future turning a blind eye on spoilt nations that are hell bent on inflicting themselves self-harm and which may even, in the near future, pose an existential threat to the strength of the Union.

There is still time to correct the course avoiding the choppy waters ahead. The EU must intervene and curb Spain’s unbridled craving for public credit embodied by Mr Sanchez. It is in the Union’s own best interests to put an end to it.

 

Españolito que vienes

al mundo te guarde Dios.

una de las dos Españas

ha de helarte el corazón.” – Antonio Machado

Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz (1875 – 1939). Brilliant Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of ’98. Died in imposed exile during the fratricidal Spanish Civil War. He is credited as being one of Spain’s most popular poets. Amongst his timeless classics, Campos de Castilla stands head and shoulders above the rest.

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At Larrain Nesbitt Abogados we have over 19 years’ experience buying, selling, and renting properties. We are also specialized in taxation, immigration & residency visas. We offer a wide range of 50 legal and corporate services. Our team of native English-speaking lawyers and economists have a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain. You can review here our client’s testimonials.You can contact us by e-mail at info@larrainnesbitt.com, by telephone on (+34) 952 19 22 88, or by completing our contact form to book an appointment.

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Spanish contracts: Read & review service and contract-drafting

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, November, 7. 2022

Marbella-based Larraín Nesbitt Abogados (LNA) has over 19 years’ taxation & conveyancing experience at your service. We offer a wide range of over 50 legal and corporate services. Our team of native English-speaking lawyers and economists have a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Abogados
8th of November 2022

When you buy, sell, or rent a property in Spain you will no doubt be shown a contract in Spanish chock-full of legal jargon. It is only normal you start growing nervous, even feeling a knot at the pit of your stomach. Our law firm offers you two legal services that remove all the stress and anxiety so you, and your family, can enjoy Spain at its fullest!

The best advice I can give you is to hire legal council before you sign on any contract. This is when costly mistakes can be avoided, by pre-empting them. Both landlords and tenants should instruct their own separate legal representation.

Larrain Nesbitt Abogados offers two competitively priced contract services:

1. Read & Review service

 

We offer this service nationwide. On buying/selling/renting out a property in Spain, it is advisable a lawyer is hired from the onstart to protect your interests. This legal service is thought for tenants, but landlords can also make use of it.  We strongly advise tenants to seek legal council prior to signing on the dotted line. Once signed, contracts are binding. Ignorance of Spanish laws will not protect you from performance.

  • Tenant, did you know that if you do not word correctly your tenancy agreement your landlord can pocket your full security deposit or charge you multiple months of security deposits?
  • Tenant, did you know that some devious landlords include clauses that make tenants responsible for previously broken kitchen and household appliances, forcing them to repair or replace them?
  • Tenant, did you know rental increases are now capped by law? Only this tip can save you several hundred euros every month in the context of soaring inflation.
  • Tenant, did you know that some landlords push ‘11-month’ rental contracts to circumvent your legal rights?
  • Tenant, did you know that the Spanish version of a contract always overrides that of any translation? It is not unusual for agreed terms to get ‘lost in translation’ in the Spanish version…
  • Tenant, did you know that in some cases it is the landlord that must pay – by law – the agent’s commission on finding you a rental accommodation? Only this tip saves my clients thousands of euros in undue commissions.
  • Tenant, did you know that in some type of contracts in Spain, if you pull out ahead of time, you are still legally liable to pay your landlord a full year’s rental? This tip not only saves you money but also from protracted litigation proceedings.

 

I can honestly say that clients who hire this service save more money than what we charge.

We review the following standard contracts within 24 working hours (as from payment received):

  • Lease agreement (rental contract), long-term or holiday rentals, seasonal contracts
  • Purchase contract
  • Sales contract
  • Option to buy contract (let-to-buy)

 

We offer the following service (T&Cs apply): Contracts (read & review)

Flat fee: €100 plus vat

2. Contract-drafting

 

We offer this service nationwide. Tenancy laws are traditionally biased towards tenants in Spain. Which is why we strongly advise landlords to instruct a lawyer to protect their interests. This is a service geared towards landlords, as they are the ones that will normally draft a rental agreement. Professionally drafted lease agreements avoid landlords many problems on the long run, saving them money and aggravation.

  • Landlord, did you know that under new rental laws a tenant can legally stay in your property for up to 8 years, or even 10 years? There are ways around this.
  • Landlord, did you know that you can legally override lenient tenant entitlements on choosing the right type of rental contract?
  • Landlord, did you know there are legal ways to recover the possession of your property ahead of what’s contractually agreed?
  • Landlord, are you aware there are several types of rental contracts available in Spain, that range from overprotective (read tenant-biased) to landlord-friendly ones?
  • Landlords, beware of internet rental templates that perpetuate themselves over time, they are a recipe for disaster as rental laws are frequently amended.

 

Lease agreements completed within 48 working hours in Spanish, English, or both languages:

  • Residential (long-term rentals).
  • Holiday lettings (short-term rentals).
  • Seasonal lets (short or long-term).
  • Commercial leases.

 

We offer the following service (T&Cs apply): Rentals (contract drafting)

Fee: starting from only €200 plus vat

Recent LNA testimonials on these two services:

Larrain Nesbitt Abogados provides an excellent service and I have been using them for several years for my Spanish property legal services. The turnaround time is extremely quick and the quality is excellent – I highly recommend, LJ London

LJ, London, United Kingdom. September 2021

We would like to thank you for your very prompt response and advice. It was very considered, concise and to the point, not what we were hoping to hear, but sometimes that’s the best advice. We were able to process accordingly and do the best by my parents without getting engaged in further unnecessary dispute and argument.”

Barbara & Niall McKenna, Republic of Ireland. December 2021

“Many thanks for your advice and adapting the agreement in right legal terms.”

DSB, England, United Kingdom. March 2022

Thank you for your exceptionally competent expert advice. I am so grateful.”

Marie Löfstedt, Sweden. April 2022

If you are looking for a legal expert, Raymond is your guy. As Expats, we were presented with a long term rental lease and asked Raymond to look it over. Do yourself the favor of having him look over your contract before you move in. It is a small price to pay for piece of mind and could save you lots of money in the long term. His advice prevented us from getting taking advantage of. I am so grateful we found Raymond and will definitely use him again in the future.”

Suzanne Cohen, United States of America. August 2022

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At Larrain Nesbitt Abogados we have over 19 years’ experience buying, selling, and renting properties. We are also specialized in taxation, immigration & residency visas. We offer a wide range of 50 legal and corporate services. Our team of native English-speaking lawyers and economists have a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain. You can review here our client’s testimonials.You can contact us by e-mail at info@larrainnesbitt.com, by telephone on (+34) 952 19 22 88, or by completing our contact form to book an appointment.

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Digital Nomad Visa in Spain

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, October, 7. 2022

Lawyer Raymundo Larraín runs through the main highlights of the long-awaited Digital Nomad Visa in Spain.

Marbella-based Larraín Nesbitt Abogados (LNA) has over 19 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 have a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Abogados
8th of October 2022

The Digital Nomad Visa (DNV, going forward) was first introduced by the new Start-up Law, which was passed last December 2021. The DNV sets a milestone as it effectively breaks the mould on what we’ve come to expect from a Spanish visa. In a nutshell, it introduces great tax breaks (for both employers and employees), streamlines the visa procedure (reducing waiting times), it allows for greater freedom, and most fundamentally reduces the admin control on applicants. Less red tape is always bueno.

It’s no secret the expectation for the approval of this visa is off the charts. It is hands down the most anticipated visa. For the avoidance of doubt, the DNV is in its last stages of approval, so it is still a draft bill. We expect it to be passed over the next months.

The self-declared purpose of this visa is to attract talented foreign individuals to Spain, paving the way with exciting tax breaks that will likely turn the DNV into the second most sought-after visa after the coveted Golden Visa.

The winds of change blow, and times move on. Most traditional visas in Spain – which are decades old – have become outdated and no longer address appropriately the needs of modern workers in a digital economy. There is a huge pent-up demand for a specific visa that caters to digital workers that work from home remotely. This demand has fostered the creation of a specific visa that caters to the needs of digital workers, pandering to them.

The advent of the Covid 19 pandemic opened up new opportunities to work from home, normalizing and consolidating the demand for telecommuting, which has now become generally accepted. The Spanish Government was quick to pick up on this new trend and wishes to capitalize on it. To that end, it has devised a specific DNV that plugs this gap, attracting talented foreign individuals and investments on its wake. The DNV is the first of its kind in a new generation of modern visas that target specific collectives, with enticing and unique advantages.

As a disclaimer, I stress again the DNV bill is still on its last draft stage, meaning its wording may yet be subject to amendments before approval. I collate below in bullet points its main advantages and requirements, but with the caveat that some of the highlighted points below may yet be altered by lawmakers on being enacted.

Main advantages

  • Five-year residency permit. Initially on a one-year application, followed by two-year renewals up to a total of 5 years. The visa extends to the family of the main applicant.
  • Allows you to work in Spain remotely. Moreover, it encourages you to work in Spain, specifically remotely with your laptop (or desktop if you happen to be a dinosaur like me). Unlike other Spanish residency permits (i.e. Non-Lucrative Visa which bans you from working in Spain, even remotely) this visa actively promotes you working in Spain (remotely).
  • Allows you to legally override the 90/180-day rule that limits stay in Spain (and by extension in the Schengen Area/EU).
  • Tax breaks for the foreign employer (if it has an establishment in Spain)
  • Tax breaks for the employee (DNV applicant). This is the core advantage. It basically applies a privileged non-domiciled tax scheme to visa holders that allows them to pay a flat tax rate of only 15% on the first €600,000 of gross annual earnings over a five-year period. Over and above said threshold, they are taxed at the standard top marginal rate of 47%. In plain English, the so-called Beckham Law applies to them which creates a legal fiction whereby they are treated as if they were non-resident in Spain for tax purposes, attracting a privileged tax rate. This greatly empowers digital nomad visa holders to legally circumvent the standard IRPF tax sliding scale that applies to the rest of us punters who are tax resident in Spain. Ah yes, so much for equality.
  • The legal limitation to benefit from the non-dom tax scheme of 5 years is waived and extended up to 10 years.
  • The standard limitation of not having being resident in Spain over the previous 10 years is reduced to only 5 years.

 

Requirements

  • You need to prove you are hired by a foreign company. This is the core requirement. I.e. a freelance IT artist with a contract.
  • You need to prove you have formal academic qualifications (i.e. 3-year university degree).
  • You need to prove you have at least 3 years of work experience.

 

In conclusion

The Digital Nomad Visa addresses a gap for high-end professionals that wish to relocate to Spain, alone or with their families, and enjoy all the country has to offer, including ultra-low taxes, regardless of where they settle down in Spain.

In effect, you get the best of both worlds; you get to enjoy all the perks of being resident in Spain albeit you are fiscally treated as a non-resident, paying (much) fewer taxes. In my book, that’s a win-win.

Once approved, our law firm will offer this visa service: Digital Nomad Visa

LNA has a 100% track record of attaining Spanish residency

 

Larraín Nesbitt Abogados, small on fees, BIG on service.

At Larrain Nesbitt Abogados we have over 19 years’ experience buying, selling, and renting properties. We are also specialized in taxation, immigration & residency visas. We offer a wide range of 50 legal and corporate services. Our team of native English-speaking lawyers and economists have a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain. You can review here our client’s testimonials.You can contact us by e-mail at info@larrainnesbitt.com, by telephone on (+34) 952 19 22 88, or by completing our contact form to book an appointment.

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 in 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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Buying property in Spain

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, September, 9. 2022

Lawyer Raymundo Larrain gives us a brief overview on buying property in Spain.

Marbella-based Larraín Nesbitt Abogados (LNA) has over 19 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 have a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Abogados
8th of September 2022

Introduction

September marks the end of the summer and the start of autumn. Autumn is the high season for property purchases. Traditionally the best months for property sales are September, October, and November.

As we have highlighted in multiple articles over the last two years, there is a property boom ongoing in Spain. Property prices have strongly rebounded post-pandemic.

  • Capital appreciation has risen by 8.5% for resale property across the board and over 10% for new builds (off-plan). In coastal areas, and large Spanish cities, it’s actually a two-digit property rise! Bottom line, property prices have risen in Spain reaching all-new highs!
  • Rental yields are also growing by two digits year-on-year. Long term lets offer a net yield of 4.5% per annum, whereas short-term rentals (holiday homes) are far more profitable, delivering a two-digit return.

 

Pro-tip: The combination of both capital appreciation and soaring rental yields translate into a combined yield of over 10% per annum! No other safe investment offers such high returns.

In some regions of Spain, regional authorities have (dramatically) lowered the taxes associated to buying property in a bid to foster an economic recovery post-pandemic. For example, Andalusia slashed by 20% its tax on off plan and from 13% to 30% in resales (contingent on the asking price; the higher the price, the more tax you save). Indeed, it’s a great moment to seize the opportunity and save dozens of thousands in tax money!

Our law firm, Larraín Nesbitt Abogados, published a detailed (free) guide to buy property in Spain. Simply follow the link supplied: Guide to buy property in Spain

Conclusion

Spanish real estate is poised for combined two-digit gains over the next year, interest rate fluctuations notwithstanding, easily trumping alternative investments (bonds, commodities, cryptocurrencies, gold, etc) and paltry fixed returns in a context of historic ultra-low interest rates.

If you are thinking of buying (or selling), please contact us. We have 20 years’ experience buying & selling property. Our friendly staff can guide you safely through the procedure.

We offer this service:

Conveyancing in Spain – Buying

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“If you are not moving forward, you are moving backward.”  Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (1931 – 2022). Was a Russian statesman who served as the last leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to the country's dissolution in 1991. Domestically, his policy of glasnost ("openness") allowed for enhanced freedom of speech and press, while his perestroika ("restructuring") sought to decentralize economic decision-making to improve its efficiency. Internationally, he avoided WWIII and nuclear armageddon, in tandem with US President Ronald Reagan, on kickstarting the most ambitious denuclearization treaty to date (START). Despite being broadly scorned in his home country (because he proved instrumental in dismantling the dreaded U.S.S.R. empire and the collapse of the Iron Curtain), the West, and most of the free world, widely regards him as one of the greatest Russian president ever. Gorbachev was a peacemaker who brought freedom and democracy to one of the greatest countries in our planet. In 1990 he was bestowed the Peace Nobel Prize. He left our world a better place.

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Buy-to-Let: Landlord’s tax reliefs

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, August, 1. 2022

Lawyer Raymundo Larrain explains how non-resident BTL landlords can GREATLY benefit from tax allowances dramatically reducing their landlord tax bill (on average by 70%, or more).

Marbella-based Larraín Nesbitt Abogados (LNA) has over 19 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 have a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Abogados
8th of August 2022

Introduction

August. It’s again that month of the year when everyone is enjoying their holiday break and landlords in Spain are – once more – making a killing through rental income.

Have you tried booking a flat for July, August, or September? Sorry, all taken!

One of the best, if not the best, business in Spain over the last 7 years has been to buy a property with a view to rent it out (buy to let), specifically as a holiday home (short-term).

Property prices in Spain have strongly rebounded post-pandemic (since 2021). We are witnessing an annual capital appreciation of 8.5% for resale property across the board and over 10% for new builds (off-plan). In coastal areas, and large Spanish cities, it’s actually a two-digit property rise! Bottom line, property prices have risen in Spain for 12 consecutive months reaching all-new highs!

In addition to the above, rental yields are also growing by two digits year-on-year. Long term lets offer a net yield of 4.5% per annum. Short-term rentals (holiday homes) are far more profitable, delivering a two-digit return.

Spain ranks as the world’s second tourist destination, trailing only behind the United States of America, with over 84 million tourists a year. The strong demand for tourist accommodation in Spain grows every year, pushing up home prices. The prospect of investing in Spain looks brighter than ever.

Pro-tip: The combination of both capital appreciation and soaring rental yields translates into a combined yield of over 10% per annum! No other safe investment offers such high returns.

Spanish real estate is poised for combined two-digit gains over the next year, interest rate fluctuations notwithstanding, easily trumping alternative investments (bonds, commodities, cryptocurrencies, gold, etc) and paltry fixed returns in a context of historic ultra-low interest rates.

But wait, it gets even better!

Now that I have made a case on why buy-to-lets are indeed an excellent investment in Spain, I want to focus mainly on the HUGE tax advantages open to all non-resident landlords. Read on.

Tax deductions available to all non-residents apply to both short-term rentals (holiday homes) and long-term rentals

Non-resident landlords can take advantage of huge tax breaks on their landlord tax bill.

In plain English, landlords can expect to reduce their tax bill by 70%, or more, on filing their quarterly rental income tax using our accountants.

Please be advised that to take full advantage of the below-listed tax allowances you need to instruct a specialized accounting firm – such as us – with over 20 years experience in non-resident taxation. Irresponsibly self-filing tax returns, without taking proper tax advice, leads to costly mistakes with huge fines being levied.

2022 non-resident tax calendar

You must file a tax return in Spain if you rent out your property in one of the below tax quarters:

  • Q1: January – March.
  • Q2: April – June.
  • Q3: July – September.
  • Q4: October – December.

Requirements

In order to benefit from generous landlord tax relief, three requirements must be met:

  • Landlord is tax resident in the European Union or EEA (your nationality is irrelevant).
  • The expenses you claim are in direct relation towards the upkeep of the property (see tax relief list below) i.e. claiming travelling expenses would be excluded.
  • You store VAT invoices to back up your tax relief claim.

Landlord tax relief

As an example, non-residents in Spain may deduct the following expenses from their quarterly tax returns (open list):

  • Interests arising from a mortgage loan (to buy the property).
  • Local taxes and administrative charges and surcharges.
  • Expenses arising from formalising lease agreements.
  • Maintenance costs may be offset; however, refurbishment expenses (improvements) are excluded (but may be claimed on selling the property to dramatically reduce the seller’s CGT bill).
  • Community of owners’ fees.
  • Home insurance premiums.
  • Property repairs: plumbing, roof retiling, painting, pool pump etc.
  • Utility invoices: electricity, water, gas, internet, and landline.
  • Cleaning.
  • Concierge, gardening, alarm & security services (i.e. gated communities).
  • Lawyer’s fees: are 100% tax-deductible! Yes, our fees are also tax-deductible. I.e. to calculate and submit you quarterly tax returns.
  • Property management fees.
  • Advertising invoices from property portals, such as Idealista: online/offline.
  • Marketing expenses.
  • Home depreciation and amortization.
  • Etc.

 

Conclusion

Our clients are reducing their tax bills on average by 70%, or more, every tax quarter on renting out in Spain through us. 

Call or e-mail us, our friendly staff will be delighted to guide you through the procedure and explain how we can assist you by greatly reducing your tax bill.

These taxes are filed online nationwide. So, regardless of where your property is located in Spain i.e. Mallorca, Marbella, Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Sotogrande, etc, we can file them for you at a very competitive fee:

  • EU resident: 125 euros plus vat
  • Non-EU resident: 75 euros plus vat

To close, a gentle reminder that our accounting fee is tax-deductible!

If you want to pay less tax, please contact us.

We offer this accounting service:

Holiday Rental Accounting Service (HRAS)

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Selling the bare ownership and cashing in!

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, July, 4. 2022

Lawyer Raymundo Larrain briefly explains how to cash in on your property, releasing the pent-up equity. This is attained on selling the bare ownership of your property and retaining a usufruct right.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Abogados
8th of July 2022

Introduction

It has become apparent that we have fallen on hard times. The ongoing war in Europe (which threatens contagion to neighbouring countries), the unbridled two-digit inflation, tax hike, hike in petrol, hike in electricity & gas, the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, and more all add up to our woes!

But none fair harder than those in their twilight years. They are hands down the most affected collective with all that is going on.

Many senior citizens struggle to get by on low pensions given the unrestrained rise of prices (two-digit inflation!). All they know is that after a life of hard work and sacrifices they can afford every month fewer things on the same fixed income (pension).

But precisely, because of their age, they can turn this round to their advantage. Seniors are likely sitting on properties which value has gone up substantially over the previous years. Property prices in Spain have appreciated for eleven consecutive months, hitting all-time highs in some cities, such as Madrid. Property sales are at the highest numbers since 2007.

Moreover, in a high inflationary context, money experts strongly advise investors to buy property (tangible assets) to hedge themselves against rising inflation, so their property values are bound to increase even further over the next years, interest rate fluctuations notwithstanding.

What’s the point of living in a 500k property if you can’t treat yourself to fancy restaurants, from time to time, or even book some luxury holiday abroad? Or maybe you need to release equity to finance an expensive medical treatment for your loved ones.

It is my experience that elders often live in a permanent disconnection between what their properties are valued at and their spartan lifestyles, often struggling silently to get on by on low pensions. In this month’s article, I shed light on a legal method that reconciles both, allowing seniors to take full advantage of their real estate, opening their locked wealth by allowing them the freedom to enjoy life as they deserve in their twilight years, without struggling every month to make ends meet.

Unbeknownst to them, there is legal a way to tap into their build up wealth without needing to sell their property, much less leave their home!

This is known as selling the ‘bare ownership’ to an investor whilst retaining a ‘life usufruct’ on the property. This is a legal procedure witnessed by a notary. In simple terms, bare ownership grants ownership of a property but does not grant possession.

PROS

  • The seller is allowed to remain in the property for as long as they live. In other words, the seller retains the possession. This, for senior citizens, is a huge plus as they will not have to renounce to their lifestyle or surrender the keys of their house for the remainder of their lives.
  • The seller immediately accesses a large pool of money which they can use as they see fit: for medical expenses, lavish holidays, fancy restaurants, or simply as a well-deserved improvement to their lifestyle in their twilight years.
  • The seller no longer needs to trouble himself with paying property taxes or community charges, it now falls on the investor to pay for them all.
  • The owner avoids enduring all the associated hassle, stress and aggravation of a standard property sale but reaps all its benefits!
  • You will only need to pay electricity and water bills.
  • The seller can in fact rent out the property, or part of it (i.e. rooms), and pocket the money!
  • The seller can in fact also sell his usufruct right, if needed be, to raise even more money!
  • This procedure allows you to supplement and bolster a meagre state pension.

 

CONS

  • You will receive slightly less money than its market value.
  • If the seller has children, they will receive less by way of inheritance.

Requirements:

  1. Are you 65 years old, or older?
  2. Have you attained a Spanish residency permit?
  3. Are you tax resident in Spain? Have you filed Spanish tax returns previously?
  4. Is your property worth 150,000 euros, or more?
  5. Is your property classified as urban (not rustic land)
  6. Have you been empadronado in your Spanish property over the previous three years?

Conclusion

Selling the bare ownership is a (very) smart way of cashing in on the accumulated wealth of your property without relinquishing your lifestyle. Because in truth, you won’t notice any difference other than sitting on a large pile of money! You will still live in the same property for the remainder of your life.

This procedure is ideal for senior citizens who are asset rich, but cash poor.

For a seller, it’s a win-win as you get to keep your property (whilst you live) and you also have access to a large pile of cash with which you can do as you please.

For an investor, it is a win-win as they get to buy a property below the market value (BMV) and also do not pay inheritance tax or plusvalia tax on receiving the possession of the property in the future.

If you have grown tired of struggling financially every month, and wish to put an end to your endless nightmare, just give us a buzz. Our friendly staff will guide you through the procedure.

We can advise and represent you, to secure it, and sign the notary deed. Your only concern going forward will be what to do with so much money in your bank; it will be up to you!

Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers, small on fees, BIG on service.

Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers is a law firm specialized in conveyance, taxation, inheritance, residency, and litigation. We will be very pleased to discuss your matter with you. You can contact us by e-mail at info@larrainnesbitt.com, by telephone on (+34) 952 19 22 88 or by completing our contact form to book an appointment.

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