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How Wincham helped save the family holiday home from the Spanish taxman 

 

Our clients were aware of the problem that would face their family upon their deaths and the fact that they may have to pay inheritance tax both in their country of domicile and in Spain. Spanish law dictates that the beneficiary of your estate must pay tax on the amount that they inherit. The level of tax payable is not a fixed rate and is determined by the relationship to the deceased, their residency status and their existing wealth in Spain. In addition the estate of the Deceased could be liable to pay inheritance tax in their country of domicile.

The married couple owned a property in Spain in their joint names with an approximate value of 256,000 euros as a holiday home. They each had children from previous relationships. We provided them with a free illustration which highlighted that the potential inheritance tax due to be paid by their beneficiaries would be in the region of 78,424 euros. Beneficiaries are unable sell or mortgage the property to find the tax payable. The tax has to be paid within 6 months before additional fines and interest are added to the sum, this would prevent the children from ever inheriting the property unless they were wealthy in their own right.

 

What are the options to minimise the liability? The Wincham Solution.

We assisted our clients to invest their Spanish property into their own UK Company (which was supplied by Wincham) of which they were the Directors and shareholders and had total control. Contrary to popular belief there was no 7-10% Property Transfer Tax payable on the transaction. Our method enabled them to utilise Spanish legislation to conveniently own and maintain their home within a corporate structure in the most tax efficient way. Although the use of an off shore Company creates an additional 3% tax burden each year a UK company is not classed as off shore and therefore UK companies are treated as Non Resident of Spain and as such cannot be discriminated against and are not required to pay the 3% Tax.

 

Client Satisfaction – What Mr and Mrs O had to say at the conclusion of their transaction.

“My wife and I wanted to say how efficient, business-like and friendly we have found Wincham. We sought advice on the best way of holding our Spanish property principally with a view to protecting us from Spanish death taxes. Wincham fully explained the steps that needed to be taken and also very clearly set out the costs. They implemented the plan keeping us informed at every stage and stuck to budget even when additional questions arose. Following completion we are pleased to have appointed Wincham in an on-going administrative role of our UK Limited Company.” Certainly from our perspective you did a good job and it is very good to see some glowing accounts which say a lot about the business. We continue to be impressed!

Mr & Mrs O, Owners on the Costa de la Luz, Spain

 

Title deeds insurance

Wincham is one of only a few Legal Advisors able to offer this insurance in Spain.

All Clients who use our services to purchase or invest a property into a UK limited company will now be covered by Title Deed Insurance which affords cover for 20 years.

 

The policy covers the following:

Demolition Order:

Imagine that after several years a Demolition Order is placed on your house because it is shown that the associated building licence is illegal because it infringed land classification (Urban Planning Scheme) at the time of purchase, or simply because your house was built without a licence or in breach of the terms of the building.

Fraud:

By virtue of article 34 of Spanish law “Ley Hipotecaria” you may lose your home in the event of fraudsters faking your identity and selling your house to a third party who is purchasing in good faith and registering at the land registry.

Compulsory Purchase:

You discover your house is subject to a compulsory purchase order or proceedings which predated your purchase. There are cases where not only is your land compulsorily purchased but you will also have to pay a large administrative fee.

There are up to 20 other areas covered and a maximum of 360,000 euros compensation for the Insured.

 

UK Limited Company Ownership

In summary there are many taxation benefits when investing your property into your own UK Limited Company, in addition the ownership of the company can be structured to suit your Beneficiaries needs in a way that is simply not possible under Spanish law. If you would like to know more about our solution and receive your ‘complimentary’ Spanish Inheritance Tax illustration please visit www.winchamiht.com or scan the QR code below. Alternatively contact one of our advisers on +44 (0)1260 299 700 (UK) or 0034 965 830 991 (Spain) for a free Consultation.

We are the market leaders in this field and aim to provide a friendly and professional service for our Clients. With the unique ability to tailor our services to comply with Legislation in both jurisdictions whilst providing our clients with the peace of mind that they and their Beneficiaries will be able to retain their holiday home to be enjoyed by future generations. Wincham International is also able to assist you with Legal, Accountancy, Will Writing and Probate issues in both the UK and Spain.