Tuesday, 1 May 2012

April Review 2012 - Financial Pages in Spain

Topical issues

At the end of the calendar month, I like to reflect on the main issues and topics on ‘Financial Pages in Spain’ during April 2012. The issues which were most read during the month covered these subjects

  • New Generation QROPS 2012

  • Professional Advice

  • Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion

These are the issues that contributed the most readership. 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. New Generation QROPS 2012
Major changes have been made by the UK Government to the rules and regulations about Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS). Though only formally announced on 21st March 2012, these changes became effective from the start of the new UK Tax Year on 6th April 2012.

New Generation QROPS shows more detail.

  1. Getting Professional Advice

I have been contacted by three expats in Spain who have been victims of appalling advice, bordering on fraud. Had these cases happened in the UK I would have referred them to either the Financial Services Authority (FSA) or the Financial Services Ombudsman.

But Spain is different and largely unregulated. It is still possible to get properly authorised and qualified advice.
I regularly refer readers of Financial Pages in Spain to authorised advisers that I have checked out.  Please email me for a referral

I deal, not just with financial advisers but also the following professionals;

·                                             Suitably qualified accountants
·                                             Professional lawyers
·                                             Chartered surveyors in Spain
·                                             Property professionals (AIPP)
·                                             Company formation for property ownership specialists

Getting Professional Advice is the detailed post.

  1. Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion

Question : What is the difference between Tax Avoidance and tax Evasion?

Answer : A prison cell

Somewhat dramatic but since tax evasion is illegal and can lead to a prison sentence (in Spain, Ireland or the UK) it is well worth remembering. Tax avoidance, though not illegal does sometimes come into sharp focus, as organisations seek to find loopholes in legislation.

Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion is the detailed post, including definitions

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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, France, Malta and Canada.

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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Thank you for previous feedback and requests for referral

David Goodall
Financial Pages in Spain