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News and information from Spain
International Edition - January 2019
Welcome to the January issue of 'The Word on the Street'. This is your monthly news and information from Spain provided by Ábaco Advisers. We hope to keep you in touch with the news, events and just a little bit of gossip.
Did you miss the deadline?

The deadline for the declaration of non-resident taxes was 31st December. All non-residents with a property in Spain must make the declaration for the previous year. There can be fines for late payment and these increase as the time lapses from when you should have made the payment. 

In this article we explain what fines can be charged and how you can rectify the situation before your bank account is embargoed:
Getting good advice about buying and selling

If you are thinking of buying or selling a Spanish property this year then it’s important that you take the right advice. There are some legal procedures that are different to what you would expect in your native country and these can be confusing when you are buying or selling in Spain.

In this article we explain how Ábaco’s conveyancing service can help ensure you get the correct advice. We offer a free conveyancing consultation and you can choose four different types of appointment. To find out more and get in touch:

Should I make a Spanish will?

This is a question we are asked quite frequently and we recommend that you do have one. In this article María Wiedemann from our legal department explains what the advantages of having a will in Spain are, and answers some of the many queries we receive about them:

Meet four couples who moved to Spain...

Meet Nuala and Tony, Enza and Terry, Derek and Kath and Barbara and Anona. They all made the decision to leave the UK and come and live in Spain. And they followed their dreams through.

In this little book: ‘New beginnings in Spain’, they tell their stories about their experiences – what went right and what didn’t go so well. Whether you are thinking of moving out here, already have done so or are just inquisitive about the expat experience, then you might like to take a look:
Brexit news from Murcia Today

The website Murcia Today is trying to keep its readers up-to-date with the latest information on what a no deal Brexit might mean. In this update they’ve included some summary information about pensions:

The government website provides the full version that this information is taken from:

In this article Murcia Today explain the situation in relation to pet passports, again in the event of there being no deal. They advise that you should begin to apply to travel with your pet well in advance, at least four months before you intend to travel:

It looks as though Spain and Britain are coming to some agreements of their own as a no-deal Brexit is increasingly a possibility. One area that has now been decided on is that of voting rights for British people in Spain.

Although they have never had the right to vote in the national elections whilst they remain British citizens, the right to vote in the town council local elections has now been preserved.

Murcia Today explain in this article about the agreement:

In this article they explain how to go about ensuring that you are registered to vote:

Enjoy a trip to the theatre

If you live in or around Rojales you might take advantage of the opportunity to watch ‘My Fair Lady’ at the Capitol Theatre. It’s on Saturday April 13th at 7pm and the tickets cost €12. It’s an amateur dramatic production by the Javea Players and you can choose your seat and book online from February 20th onwards at www.javeaplayers.com

If you have any booking problems you can call 620 41 23 84.
Which quirky Spanish habits do you have?

Our newsletter wouldn’t be complete without a link to our favourite website, The Local. In this article they provide a selection of Spanish habits that you might find yourself picking up if you live here long enough. Or perhaps you’ve picked them up already?

Making wishes come true

A group of health workers from Murcia have established a scheme that helps people who haven’t got long to live make a wish come true. It might be to see a relative they haven’t seen for a long time, to visit somewhere special or to do something they’ve never had the opportunity to do before.

In this article we hear about Lucía, Fabri, Ana, Zoila and Rafaela and the wishes they made:

Finding the best beaches

If your a beach addict and just any-old-beach won’t do, then you might be interested to read this article from Think Spain. They list eight Spanish beaches that have been voted among Europe’s best.

The beaches were chosen by over 1,200 travel journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies. Of course, there’s no beach like home and in the end you’ve probably got your own personal and more local favourite. If not and you’ve got time on your hands, why not seek out one of these:
Spain caters for vegans too

Spain isn’t renowned for its vegan or even vegetarian restaurants and food counters. Meat is a staple at the table and in some towns you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere that caters for those who’ve given meat up. However, more and more cities are recognising the increase in the numbers of vegans and vegetarians and are catering accordingly.

In this article from Think Spain they provide some general information as well as directing us to some actual venues where you can enjoy a vegan meal:

January sale time

It’s sale time here in Spain and there are differences between how it works here and in many other countries. For example, there are fixed times of the year when the sales are on that are decided by the regional authorities. Here you can find out more about when the sales take place:

Money Saver Spain shares some general advice with us about consumer rights when it comes to the sales in Spain:

What’s the future of the Spanish kiosko?

In this article, The Guardian examines the changing fortunes of the Spanish kiosk. This is a type of news stand where traditionally people have been able to buy their newspapers and magazines. With the increase in popularity of digital versions there’s some concern that the kiosks will become abandoned.

However, there are other uses for them and the Guardian explores how they’ve changed over the past few years on La Rambla in Barcelona:

How they’ve aged

It’s the ten year challenge for Spain’s royal family too. In this article El País in English provides us with some before and after pictures spanning a ten year period:
What interests you?

We would welcome any suggestions for future themes you would like us to cover either in the newsletter or in an article on Spain Explained.

Please let us know by email at newsletter@abacoadvisers.com.

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