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on 6 Nov 2012
Hi all, myself (age 43) and my partner (40) and daughter (8) are looking to relocate to Spain, preferably barcelona, in July/August 2013 & are keen to find out all we can regarding schools, we cannot afford to send Maddy to an international school but have been told about public schools possibly accepting her or semi-private schools, any info gratefully received. Also, is it legal for me to continue running my own business, UK based, from Spain without having to pay any Spanish taxes? Any info on any subject you think is relevant would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance Spencer
Anonymous (not verified) on 7 Nov 2012
Hi GabyS, thanks for the links, the schooling issue is becoming clearer! Regarding the work issue; I would only be speaking to my client's a few times a week from Spain & any financial transaction's would still be based in the UK & of course tax would be paid in the UK as well. So my question is do I have to prove to any Spanish authorities about how I am surviving? Thanks for your help, Spencer
GabyS on 8 Nov 2012
Hi Anon

See Banking and Taxes in Spain for a brief overview.

Basically if you are a resident in Spain (there for more than 183 days of the year) you are liable to pay tax on your international assets and income. BUT it sounds to me like your business will be taxable within the UK as well. So the best thing to do would be to elect to remain a non-resident while living in Spain - in 2010 you could do this, and as far as I know the law hasn't changed. That way you would be taxed in the UK but not in Spain. You would still need to register with the Spanish authorities to do this though, rather than simply npt paying or declaring anything. See:

For additional info, I suggest you take a look at this free Expat Arrivals download - Tax info for UK nationals moving abroad

Hope that helps! The best advice I could give would be not to take the tax laws lightly and consult with your accountant about all the necessary steps and procedures. Tax from abroad can be complicated at the best of times, and Spain is known to have complicated bureaucracy...
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