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Get Your (Old) House in Order

Moving is stressful even at the best of times, but the difficulties can be compounded when you are relocating across borders with all the administrative tasks involved. It can be tempting to bury your head in the sand and ignore legal obligations to liaise with your creditors, particularly as your UK credit score bears no relevance on your capacity to receive credit in Spain.

However, whether it’s regarding store card or mortgage debt, by letting all creditors know that you are moving and arranging a payment plan, you should have peace of mind and, importantly, the time and mental space you need to pay your debts.

It can be useful to remember that – the initial capital expenses of a move aside – the cost of living in Spain is significantly cheaper than that of the UK, which may give you more freedom and flexibility when it comes to structuring your finances, including the amount of taxes you will need to pay in Spain.

Also, it’s worthwhile remembering that you may one day choose, or need, to return to the UK. Whether you do this because you are missing the British Isles and the rain-soaked lifestyle or because of unavoidable family circumstances, you do not want to be returning unnecessarily to a queue of creditors, all eager for you to settle your debts. Such a situation would also result in you receiving a low credit score, which, if you have any pressing financial needs, could prove disastrous.

Spanish Wealth Tax

The Spanish Wealth Tax requires all residents in Spain (those who live in the country for 183 days a year or more), including expats, to declare and pay tax on overseas assets worth more than €50,000. Failure to disclose assets can result in a €10,000 fine as well as further sanctions, so it is worth being clear about this from the very start – expert financial advice can help in this regard as there may be ways you can structure your wealth to reduce liability.

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At Blacktower, we aim to make your transition to expat life as financially advantageous as possible. We provide bespoke financial advice on all matters including, Spain’s wealth management options, tax planning, international pension and education planning. Many of our team are expats themselves, so we know what we’re talking about!

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