By Euro Weekly News Media • 10 October 2011 • 14:41
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Wincham believes that it is the market leader in the provision of Consultancy Services in respect of corporate ownership of Spanish property.
Not only has Wincham been operating in Spain for almost 20 years but it owns a portfolio of properties using the UK Company structure. As a company we would not recommend our clients use any methods that we had not proven ourselves. A UK corporate property ownership can be extremely Tax efficient, especially in the areas of Inheritance Tax.
The majority of our clients already own property in Spain and we can restructure their ownership of their Spanish property into a UK Limited company.
We are also approached by many clients who own Spanish property in either Offshore or Spanish SL Companies.
Spanish SL Companies.
Generally a client, who has structured the ownership of their property, using a Spanish SL, will have done so as they have been led to believe that this method will protect them and their beneficiaries against Inheritance Tax in Spain. This is not so, as in Spain, it is the beneficiaries who have to pay the Taxes on death and not the deceased’s Estate. This means that whether the non Spanish Domiciled beneficiaries are inheriting the shares and assets of the SL Company, or the property directly, then Inheritance Tax will still have to be paid in Spain.
Offshore companies registered in places such as The Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey etc, are not part of the European Union and, therefore, do not benefit from EU Treaties. Consequently owning a Spanish property in an Offshore Company can be highly expensive as Spain can Tax these companies annually, it currently taxes the assets of offshore companies at 3% a year. This means they are paying 3000 euros a year for every 100,000 euros of assets owned in Spain.
A UK Company is not an Offshore company but a Non Resident company of Spain and so is not subject to 3% annual Tax.
How can Wincham help?
Whether you currently own a property in Spain, are about to purchase in Spain or own the property in an Offshore or SL Company, we have a solution and method to help to transfer your property into a UK Limited Company. By owning a property in Spain using a UK Limited Company structure the individual owners are not required to submit a Tax Declaration (Return) in Spain for the ownership, instead the UK Company submits a single Declaration once a year which is submitted and filed at zero as a UK Company does not pay Tax in Spain.
It is important to remember that these methods are not loop holes but use EU Treaties which are unlikely to be changed or modified. Whilst Spain and the UK are members of the EU they cannot make local Laws that contravene their International Treaties.
It is always necessary to consider every case on an individual basis and our trained Consultants can advise on the best structure to adopt for your own Spanish property ownership. Please call to speak to one of our Consultants on the numbers below or visit our website www.winchamiht.com for further details and to obtain your ‘free of charge’ Spanish Inheritance Tax illustration demonstrating your potential Tax liability and the potential savings you could make by employing a different structure of ownership.
This information has been provided by Mark Roach, Company Director and Spanish Tax Consultant.
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