Friday, 12 August 2011

Spanish Inheritance Tax (ISD)


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  • Details and scope of ISD
  • What various professionals say
  • Non-residents ARE liable

Are there any solutions? Please read on

No Inheritance Tax is payable if the property is owned by a UK company, since even if a shareholder dies, the company can continue in existence and the shares passed on to a beneficiary under UK rules.

In recent times, my blog has carried several posts dealing with the very complex subject of Spanish Inheritance Tax (ISD). This is very definitely a subject on which you need professional advice. To access a professional please email me.


  • A detailed explanation of ISD is contained in this post;



  • Here are some views from various professional advisers, who have dealt with the problems associated with the ownership of property in Spain and the heartbreaking situations of dealing with inheritance tax.



  • Expats and property owners in Spain - No plan for Spanish Inheritance Tax? This post includes a Widow’s sad story and the inevitable question ‘why didn’t anyone tell us’?



The question ‘why didn’t anyone tell us?’ is probably the one I get asked most often. One of the key objectives of my blog is to provide INFORMATION. I do not and will not take advertisements from financial companies. I give links only to offers and services which I have used myself or I have tested.

This leads me to understand that people working in property, financial advisers, mortgage broking, pensions, lawyers and other financial services must be open in all dealings with clients.

  • Openly disclose all commission and charges
  • Tell clients how it is – good and bad
  • Please, please, please tell them about Spanish Inheritance Tax (ISD)

There is also an opportunity here to check your own Spanish Inheritance Tax liability

I am happy to receive feedback, answer questions or refer to appropriate professionals if you email me


David Goodall
Financial Pages in Spain

PS Always remember that UK IHT and Spanish ISD are so different that there is no Double Taxation Treaty or Agreement between the two countries.