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News and information from Spain
International Edition - May 2020
Welcome to the May 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.
The transfer of property in Spain
Transferring your property

What happens when a couple divorce and share a house in Spain? What happens if you partly own a property and then wish to sell your share? Extinction of co-ownership is the process by which your stake can be transferred to another person. In this article our legal department explain what the process is and why it must be carried out properly:

Registering and filing your tax return in Spain
Making a tax return in Spain

Most residents in Spain must make a Spanish tax return even if they are not working. For example, if you have a single pension worth more than €14,000 then you are required to make a tax return. In this article we explain in more detail who must make a Spanish tax return and provide advice on how to do it:

Applying for Spanish residency: Requirements and tips
Applying for Spanish residency

It is essential if you are living in Spain that you are registered as a resident. There are, in fact, two types of residency – civil and fiscal. Confused? Read this article for clarification of what they both mean and what you should do:

Motivation Workshop
Keeping motivated

Have you been having difficulties keeping motivated? You might like to try listening to our motivation workshop. We have an explanation of what motivation is and are encouraged to think clearly about our goals. It’s part of the ÁbacoClub offer and we hope it will help you to feel more in control:

Show Cooking - Boquerones and Valencia Salad
Do you want to brighten up your salad?

Now that we’re moving into the summer season you might not want to be slaving over a hot stove. So, if you’re looking for inspiration in salad preparation then we recommend that you watch this YouTube video by Sofía Zajac from ÁbacoClub. She shows us, from her kitchen, how to make a Boquerones and Valencia Salad:

Keeping your electricity bill in check
Keeping your electricity bill in check

Now, more than ever, many people are anxious to make sure they are spending as little as possible on their utilities. Electricity charges continue to be quite steep in Spain in comparison to other living costs.

In this article, Money Saver Spain, explains some ways in which you can help to reduce the bills:

Reduce Your Electric Bill

Iberdrola provide an explanation here about what your electricity bill consists of:

The 2020 definitive Spain visa guide and types of Spanish visas
Applying for a Spanish visa

If you are from a non-EU country and wish to spend time in Spain then you will need a Spanish visa. But what kind of visa will you need and where can you get one from? David Ruiz provides us with his guide and warns us of the pitfalls:

Saving At Amazon Spain
Getting the most from Amazon

You may have reservations about the growth of Amazon, but nevertheless they have found an even bigger niche during the lockdown. Love it or hate it, it makes sense to make the most of the different ways of saving on the items you purchase.

In this article by Money Saver Spain, they provide a number of ways in which you can get more for your money and use the different facilities that Amazon has to offer:

Spain Speaks
Keep informed with Spain Speaks

Stuart continues giving us updates and providing a useful forum for discussion in his comments section. It’s perhaps particularly interesting to read about the situation in other countries and how it’s similar or different to that in Spain:

Spain in English
Spain in English

This is an interesting and informative website that has free access. At the moment, as you would expect, most of the news is about the virus and it will be interesting to see how the site develops once this news content has dried up. They also have a newsletter that you can sign up for:

Virus updates
Virus updates

Of course, there isn’t much in the news these days except for information about the virus. It does make you wonder what is actually happening to people out there. In the meantime here is our selection of interesting articles that might tickle your fancy.

A good news item – we could soon be back on the beach:

Spain to recommend reopening beaches at reduced capacity

This is an interesting opinion piece which compares the Covid-19 pandemic with other crises, considering what the common factors are:

Pandemic reactions, exaggerations and confusion

This article from Spain in English provides up-to-date details of how the phases apply to the different regions of Spain. It appears to be updated regularly:

Lifting of lockdown in Spain – full details of all phases for all regions

This article from The Local provides information about the changes you can expect when your area enters phase 2:

Lifting lockdown: What changes in Spain when your province advances to Phase 2

The approach to the virus in Sweden has been somewhat different to that taken in many other European countries. This detailed and interesting article considers what can be learnt from Sweden and explains in more detail exactly what the Swedish approach has consisted of:

Many people will be happy with the announcement that the Canary Islands will be open for business from July. In this article we find out more about what they’re planning as well as some of the issues for Spanish residents and those wishing to visit the country.

A little excavation
A little excavation

If you’re tired of reading about the virus then you might be interested in this bit of Spanish/ Irish history reported in the Guardian. Apparently archaeologists have been searching for the Chapel of Wonders and now believe they may have found it:

What interests you?
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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