Get the most out of living in Spain with our financial guide book


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The Blevins Franks Guide to Living in Spain answers questions about Spanish taxation, tax planning opportunities, financial planning and pensions

There are many attractions and advantages to living in Spain. However, there are some drawbacks too, such as unfamiliar local bureaucracy and a complex, expensive and frequently changing tax regime.

To get the best out of living here, your financial planning should be specifically set up to work well and provide advantages in Spain, while taking your family’s situation into account. You need to understand how the various Spanish taxes impact you – the succession tax rules and wealth tax can be an unwelcome surprise for British expatriates – and how you can use the rules to your advantage.

Spanish succession law, with its forced heirship regime, is also unfamiliar for UK nationals, and you will need to make sure you have suitable Wills.

Establish what the best savings and investment strategy is for you now, with your changed circumstances, and look at how all the options for your UK pension funds would work in Spain, from a general and tax perspective. Consider also capital gains tax on selling your UK assets and if you can avoid it.

The sooner you get your financial planning sorted, the sooner you can get on with enjoying your life in Spain.

The Blevins Franks Guide to Living in Spain has been written to provide UK nationals with the key information they need regarding tax and wealth management in Spain. It is useful whether you are at the planning stages of moving here, are a new arrival or have been living here a while, or if you own a Spanish holiday home. It is also helpful for those returning to the UK.

The new, Edition 12 is now available. It has 26 chapters (over 340 pages) covering a range of topics, including:

  • The legal side of buying a property in Spain
  • Foreign exchange
  • Spanish income tax
  • Spanish capital gains tax
  • Spanish wealth tax
  • Spanish reporting obligations (Modelo 720)
  • Spanish succession and gift tax
  • Wills and Spanish succession tax
  • Securing residency in Spain
  • Spanish social security and health care
  • Personal financial planning and investment
  • Taxation of trusts in Spain
  • Tax planning pre-Spanish residence
  • Shedding UK residence
  • Avoiding UK capital gains tax
  • UK inheritance tax
  • Pensions, QROPS and QNUPS


Blevins Franks has been providing specialist advice to British expatriates for the last 40 years. The Blevins Franks Guide to Living in Spain is based on our vast experience and deep understanding of expatriates’ financial planning needs. Get your copy here.

Do you have any questions about moving to and living in Spain? Ask your local financial adviser.

Tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; individuals should seek personalised advice.