queries about health care
the announcement that Spain is clamping down on the
use of healthcare by immigrants has caused some
anxiety amongst the foreign population. We received
these two questions recently from a newsletter reader:
Will it be necessary to show Fiscal residency
through completing an annual tax declaration?
short answer is that completing an annual tax declaration
is the best way of proving fiscal residency. Being a
fiscal resident comes with benefits. It means that you
do not have 3% of the sale price retained if you sell
your home and you do not have to pay inheritance tax
if your spouse should die. Your annual tax return could
be needed to demonstrate your income bracket when the
co-payment system of paying for medical prescription
is in place.
Will prescriptions for chronic problems be exempt
from the recently introduced prescription charges?
details of these arrangements are as yet vague. However,
the best source of current information we've found is
on the British Embassy site: ukinspain.fco.gov.uk
We do welcome your questions and comments.
is one subject we always get feedback about. Understandably,
maintaining affordable and reliable links between your
home country and Spain is a priority. The general 'will
he/ won't he' of Ryan air over the past few years
is one reason for the lack of certainty. Spain has contributed
too with its rather hit and miss deadlines for opening
We received an email after our last newsletter to point
out that B.A. are still worth keeping in mind
if you're looking for a flight:
"Very recently, I returned to Spain with BA. They
were cheapest at that time. Moreover, with the baggage
allowance, free drink and sandwich on board, their value
for money was even better.
It is worth looking on their web site, and making the
comparisons with the "cheapies". For example, the 23
kilos of hold luggage is free with B.A. In addition
to 10 kilos cabin, plus a hand bag or lap top.
Even if they are dearer on the seats, they become more
competitive over all, to say nothing of bigger and better
planes, to make travel more comfortable."
think I might as well keep this as a regular feature.
It changes every month. Now it looks like there are
doubts about Corvera opening at all. As the article
suggests, why leave it until now?
temperature is rising and so are the number of people
in our offices. It's coming up to the annual resident
tax declaration deadline (30th June) and our tax
advisers are busily meeting with resident clients to
make sure the paper work is done and everything is in
There have been even more enquiries this year about
the benefits of being able to demonstrate fiscal
residency due to the uncertainty about health cards.
There is still lack of clarity about what 'proof' will
be needed to get a SIP or to benefit from lower prescription
charges. However, whatever is decided in the end, having
made an annual tax declaration ensures that you are
as well prepared as you can be.
To find out about some other reasons for making one
read our article.
warning has come from the Spanish Tax Authority. There
is an email being sent out that supposedly informs you
that you are due to be reimbursed some tax. It begins,
'Después de los calculus anuales pasados de su actividad
Not surprisingly it then goes on to ask for your details
and credit card number so that you can be reimbursed.
You're perhaps amazed that people fall for this. But
they do and it's surprising what you will believe when
you want to. For the record, the Spanish Tax Authority
never ask for confidential information by email.
been looking at all those aspects of Spain you love
or hate. Here, Britt Bohannan Arechiga indicates her
eight favourite Spanish things:
1. cursing - it's part of everyday speech here,
so no big deal
2. flexible hours - you don't have to worry too
much about being late
3. 14 to 16.30 - not much point in trying to
get anything done between these times
4. willingness to take risks for the sake of
tradition and having a good time - e.g. the Fallas or
the Catalan tradition of 'Correfoc'
5. honesty in public places - paying for your
drinks when you're ready to go and asking 'Quien es
la ultima?' to establish your place in the queue
6. bargaining for rent prices - there's flexibility
in making arrangements when renting a property
7. public displays of affection - warm greetings
and lots of touching
8. cheap booze - not exploited negatively by
the Spanish - they can take their drink
Perhaps nothing particularly new here for anyone who
has spent any significant amount of time in Spain but
interesting reading a different perspective.
Some of these aspects of Spain might be changing with
the increasing pressure to be more like Northern Europe
- what a shame!
hotels were the first chain of hotels to be established
in Spain in the 1920s. They combine the facilities of
a luxury hotel with areas of natural beauty or historic
sites such as castles, palaces and monasteries.
This website includes a list of all the parador hotels
across Spain and information about them: www.parador.es
had a query recently about house swaps and house
swap websites. We have had clients who have successfully
arranged a house swap to everyone's satisfaction. It's
a particularly popular alternative at the present time.
We found the following website but would be interested
to hear from anyone who has had experience of swapping
a house (permanently and not just for holidays). Can
you recommend a website? Here's the one we found: