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I'm looking to move to Majorca permanently in the coming months. Can someone explain to me what I have to do to become resident in Spain? Do I need to go and get a white piece of paper that proves that I I will live here? Also, if the UK leaves the EU, what do that mean for people without residency?


Morgandesign 1448308100

For a UK citizen, the process is not terribly complicated, if a bit bureaucratic. I won't go through it all here because the entire process is widely available all over the internet on virtually all expat sites (including this one, if I'm not mistaken). You can hire a gestor, but you can also do it yourself.

If the UK leaves the EU, it *may* become slightly more difficult, but not at all impossible. Besides, there are millions of British citizens living and working throughout the EU, and other than some sensationalist presumptions, there's really not much rational evidence which would suggest it would any significant effect on those already resident in the EU (there wouldn't be any tangible benefit the EU or the UK anyway). Besides, the freedom of movement concept is really part of EEA membership, and nobody has mentioned the UK leaving the EEA.

Some things you might consider is that you will need to declare any assets you own worldwide and pay any applicable Spanish taxes on them. You also need to prove an income and pay for healthcare insurance (NHS won't cover you here). If you have recently received any inheritance, you may be required to pay Spanish inheritance tax, even if you received it prior to becoming a tax resident.

Also, Spanish taxation is by calendar year, and you can reside in Spain for up to 183 days before officially being considered tax resident. If your 183 days expires before the end of the calendar year, you may be required to declare spanish taxes for the entire year. So, many people make the move in say, July or August, but officially register first of the following year, to avoid paying tax for the entire year when you actually move.

If you have any substantial money or assets anywhere in the world, I strongly recommend consulting a knowledgeable tax advisor before making the move permanent. The old joke still applies: It's easy to be a millionaire in Spain; just bring 2 million with you.

Morgandesign 1448308891

Have a look at thiss

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Malcolm-903619 1448373581

Once again, thank you so much for the very informative posts Morgandesign.

I'm going to be here primarily for about 8 months of the year and then spend roughly another 4 between Frankfurt and Devon.

I think that I'm going to be a Spanish resident then...

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