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Spanish-Approved Investment Bonds (Part 1)

spanish approved investment bonds: seeking a low-risk, tax-efficient investment? then read on …

Spanish-approved investment bonds could be the answer for those of you seeking a lower-risk investment offering interesting returns … which is also extremely tax efficient.

On this page, Robin – our fully-qualified financial adviser – explains how these bonds work, and how they can provide a tax haven for your savings and investments in Spain.

I don’t think any expats in Spain enjoy paying income taxes on their hard-earned investments, do they? … So this article should really make your day!

You’ll find Part II of Spanish approved investment bonds here.

You’ll also discover links to more of Robin’s financial articles towards the end of this page.

But first, let’s put even more sun into your lives by reducing your tax bill …




Many of you who’ve retired to Spain have worked hard to build up a nest egg, but you’ll want to make some of your savings or investments work harder than bank deposits. Also, many of you will be looking to receive income to add to any pension income.

With the security of a familiar company, choosing a lower-risk investment arrangement could be the best option.

For example, Blackrock’s Absolute Alpha fund has grown consistently by 12.2% over 12 months and 7.6% over six months to 20th May 2008, despite the turbulent financial markets we’ve seen in recent months.

Remember, Euro deposit accounts often only pay 3% per annum (or say 5% in sterling) so investing in a lower-risk fund could offer far better returns whilst countering the effects of inflation eroding your capital.

A Spanish investment bond is extremely tax efficient …

There are now several well-known companies offering Spanish approved investment bonds that are extremely tax efficient.

By investing as little as £10,000 or €15,000, 100% of your investment starts to work from day one.

Why worry about “withholding” or “retention” tax on your savings?…

Well, if you hold savings on deposit in offshore centres such as the Isle of Man or Jersey, any interest is subject to 15% withholding tax. Alternatively the interest is taxed in Spain if you have declared it.

Remember that the withholding tax increases to 20% from 2008 and 35% from 2011. Bank deposits held in local Spanish accounts may suffer tax as well.

A Spanish approved investment bond could be the answer to produce very low taxes for income withdrawals. Let’s look at a case study in more detail …

Mr Jones invests €100,000 which then grows by 7% to €107,000 after year one. He then takes €7,000 to supplement his income.

The tax on this profit is based on the deemed gain which in this case is €457.94. This is entered on the tax return. The remainder treated as money he invested in the first place and thus not taxable.

Mr Jones marginal rate of income tax is 18%. Therefore €457.94 x 18% = €82.42.

This proves to be extremely tax efficient when compared with holding excessive cash on deposit. Remember EU Retention Tax does not apply.

Should interest be derived from, say, a deposit account in the Channel Islands, 15% retention tax would apply. Based on a deposit paying €7,000 interest, the actual tax payable would be €1,050. After 2011 this will increase to a whopping 35% amounting to €2,450 tax. However, a Spanish investment bond is exempt from this tax.

This type of arrangement could also produce considerable savings from Spanish inheritance tax especially when considering beneficiaries outside Spain (i.e.children in the UK) who could be subject to top taxes in excess of 80%.

Click here to read Part II of Spanish Approved Bonds

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