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The Modelo 720 (Overseas Asset Declaration) Is it legal or not?

Sadly, I have to tell them they are now wrong on both counts. Firstly, on 15 February 2017, the European Commission accepted that Spain has the right to require residents to declare overseas assets, however, what the Commission does disagree with is the severity of punishments for late or inaccurate submissions. The EU commission has given the Spanish authorities 2 months to rectify this, otherwise it will take the matter to the EU Court of Justice. The requirement to submit the Modelo 720 form, however, is not under challenge.

Secondly, on the 31 May 2017, all EU countries, plus the UK and its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, will automatically share all financial information on all financial assets held in their countries by tax residents of another country, to the country they are registered as being resident in.

As of 31 December 2016, these countries, dependencies and territories will report the value of all bank accounts, insurance policies, shareholdings, investments, and trusts, etc (regardless of the balance). Additionally, they will also notify them of what withdrawals have been made during 2016 and if an account has been closed during the year.

From May 2018, over 100 countries worldwide will automatically be sharing all financial information on an annual basis. The goal is to allow tax authorities to obtain a clearer understanding of financial assets held abroad by their residents, for tax purposes, and is primarily aimed at preventing tax evasion.

There are ways to ease this reporting burden and to ensure you stay on the right side of the taxman, whilst minimising your tax liabilities, one such way is to use a tax compliant investment bond.

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Many Grandparents missing out on full state pension

Grandparents and FamilyThe ex-pensions minister Steve Webb is urging the government and the HMRC to do more to alert grandparents to all the pension perks they’re entitled to after it was revealed that the overwhelming majority are not receiving the full state pension. By missing out on a particular benefit, unknowing eligible grandparents are missing out on £231 a year. Over the course of their full retirement, this could possibly lead to a loss of thousands of pounds.

It is a scheme called the Specified Adult Childcare Credit. It is thought that only 1,300 grandparents are taking advantage of it despite 100,000 being eligible (a mere one per cent). The scope of the problem was found out by Webb when he sent a Freedom of Information request to the HMRC.

The purpose behind the Specified Adult Childcare Credit is to allow grandparents who give up work completely to help raise their grandchildren the chance to claim National Insurance (NI) credits.

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UK inflation rate falls – Good news?

Blacktower FM - LondonSo, the Spanish inflation rate is currently running at – 0.9%.  Good news you might think, if things are cheaper your money will go further. Conversely, the fall in inflation reported last week in the UK (CPI) of -0.1% does not represent good news.

The vast majority of British ex-pats in Spain rely on their pensions and savings income to get by on.

So why should you care about the rate of inflation in the UK?  It might well be good for people who work there, as wages show some signs of growth but not so good for pensioners.

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