Wednesday, 1 February 2012

January 2012 Review - Financial Pages in Spain

At the end of the calendar month, I thought I would reflect on the main issues and topics on ‘Financial Pages in Spain’ during January.

  • QROPS in 2012

  • Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion

  • Spanish Inheritance Tax (ISD)

These are the issues that contributed the most feedback. I’m always pleased to receive emails either to seek further advice or to comment on my articles.

Using the statistics provided by my service contractor, I can also indicate the most popular posts in terms of the number of people who visited the pages. They were, in order;

  1. QROPS in 2012

2012 is going to bring some momentous changes to the QROPS arrangements and rules. The draft regulations relating to QROPS published recently have the potential to completely change the QROPS landscape. It is becoming accepted that there is likely to be little by way of alteration to the draft regulations and QROPS jurisdictions are looking to adapt with effect from the 6 April 2012 implementation date.

I shall use this Blog to continue to keep up to date as decisions are made or you can email me for something related to your own circumstances

  1. Tax avoidance and Tax evasion

      Tax Evasion - Definition
      Unlawful attempt to minimise tax liability through fraudulent techniques to circumvent or frustrate tax laws, such as deliberate under-statement of taxable income or wilful non-payment of due taxes.

Tax Avoidance - Definition
Lawful minimisation of tax liability through sound and perfectly legal financial planning techniques.

Whereas tax avoidance is legal, tax evasion is not. The subjects are covered in the following post;

3.  Spanish Inheritance Tax (ISD)

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.

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Financial Pages in Spain continues to grow, as I can see from the statistics. Whilst Spain and UK dominate the views of both the Website and Blog, there have been readers from many other countries including Germany, New Zealand, Malta and USA.

Any issues which arise can be answered on an individual basis if you email me. I’m happy to receive questions from anywhere but my real expertise relates to the UK and Spain.

I am happy to take suggestions from readers about future articles. Please email me with your own ideas or issues that you think need raising.

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David Goodall
Financial Pages in Spain