Expat Tips

nhsWhen you're a British expat in Spain, returning to the UK is a time to catch up with friends and family, sort out business and family affairs, and revisit old haunts. Usually you're returning to the UK for a holiday, so hopefully you won't have to see a doctor or access any NHS services during your visit.

However, the way you access the NHS has changed recently, so it is wise to be prepared, especially if you're a pensioner.

NOTE: If you currently have a Health Plan Spain Sanitas private insurance policy, you are automatically covered with international health insurance cover of up to 10,000 Euros per person, per claim when travelling abroad. You will also have a free 24 hour English speaking helpline at your fingertips if you are in need of any urgent assistance or advice.

Mercadona Supermarket SpainIt's always a good idea to research the cost of living of any country that you intend to move to. So if you're planning on starting a new life here in Spain in 2016 and beyond, take some time to factor in the cost of items you'll be paying out for each month.

While the economic situation has been steadily improving here in Spain and throughout most of Europe, the fact remains that most of us are still counting the pennies and we want to make what money we do have go that bit further. Read on to find a realistic outline of the cost of everyday items. Hopefully this will enable you to plan your budget more efficiently.

We've included on our list, many of the most common shopping items you would buy on a daily basis, but we've also incorporated other essentials such as what it will cost you to run a car, how much you could expect to pay for utility bills and what you might assume to pay for travelling or eating out.

income-taxIf you undertake any work or business activity in Spain and are classed as resident here, there is a good chance that you are liable to pay personal income tax or Impuesto de Renta sobre las Personas Fisicas (IRPF).

If this is the case you will be pleased to know that you can now file your personal tax return via the new Renta Web system online

Renta Web is the Spanish tax authorities (Agencia Tributaria) new flagship online accounting system, which is aimed at helping streamline the payment of taxes. The new system will enable taxpayers to easily produce an online electronic draft of their return, which they may then fully submit.

You can use Renta Web online to file your 2015 tax return from between the 6th of April 2016 with the deadline for returns being the 30th of June 2016.