Returning to Live In The UK

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If you have decided to return permanently in the UK having been a Resident, then there are certain things that you need to be aware of, and to do.  We can also assist with returning to other countries to live. Please talk to us about your individual circumstances.

Firstly, of course, we can help with you with the legal work associated with selling a property and assist in finding a respected property agent to deal with the sale.

We can also assist with the paperwork for a change of ownership if you are selling your Spanish car.

If you are returning to live in the UK permanently, it is important you tell both the UK and Spanish authorities.

Paperwork

You should deregister with:

a) the local town hall if you were registered there (if you have been on the padrón)
b) the Spanish National Police (cancelling your Residencia)
c) your local health centre so that your SIP card is cancelled.
d) tax office – cancelling fiscal residency

We can assist with all of this and it is important as when you return having done this will help prove you are living in the UK.

In addition, of course, if you receive UK State Pension or benefits payments, you must tell the International Pension Centre that you are returning to the UK.

Healthcare

If you receive healthcare in Spain through the S1 form rather than working, so as a pensioner, then contact the Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 191 218 1999 to advisw that you are going back as the S1 needs ot be cancelled which covers your healthcare in Spain, otherwise the UK continues to pay for you.

Tax

With regards to tax, then when you move back you will be a UK resident again and although we do not advise on UK tax, you will pay UK tax on your UK income and any foreign income and gains, although you may not have to if your permanent home (‘domicile’) remains outside the UK.  You will need to contact a UK tax adviser for advice. We can assist with cancelling your Spanish tax residency.

When you are back you need to call the HMRC and ask about registering for self assessment, but you do not need to if you are employed and don’t have other income. Telephone: 0300 200 3300 Outside UK:00 44 135 535 9022 You need your National Insurance number to hand.

National Insurance

If you are not a pensioner then you usually start paying National Insurance again if you work in the UK. If you didn’t pay it while you were abroad, you can check your National Insurance record to see how your State Pension might be affected and ask if you can make extra payments so you can catch up having the right amount for your future pension. For National Insurance queries, telephone:0300 200 3500 and from outside UK: 00 44 191 203 7010

The first steps are to come and see us to discuss anything to do with selling your property, car, and cancelling padron, tax, residencia etc. We will be happy to help. Email enquiries@spanishsolutions.net for an appointment.

On the contrary, if you are moving to Spain and need help with all these matters, buying a property, obtaining NIE, Residencia, etc. we can also assist.

55 Comments

  • María

    Hello,

    Would you be able to help if I was thinking to go back to Spain after living in England for 14 years please? What would I have to do with my pension papers and if I have to notify someone about this before leaving the UK?
    Many thanks,
    María.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Maria,

      If you intend to move back to Spain, it would be best to speak to a Fiscal Advisor or your Pension Providers, to explain your situation, they will then be able to confirm what would happen in your situation. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Tina Jones

    Can you recommend any Accountant/Financial advisor that know about Spain taxes here in the UK, Brighton area

  • Nye Demetriou

    Hi we are in the early stages of moving back to uk.Trying to look into every thing .The main problem may be our extensive medical records being translated into english. What form are they in is it a CD or something but there will be alot. Thanks

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Evening Nye,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      From experience the hospital will provide images on a disc and the factual medical notes in a form. It would be best to check with the hospital directly as all hospitals may be different.

      If you need any assistance with the translating of the medical documents, please do not hesitate to contact us. My colleague Sandra is a sworn translator (from Spanish to English and vice versa) and is fully qualified when dealing with medical terminology. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Maureen Barkworth

    We had to leave Spain quickly, returning to UK after selling our house and was told by a Gestoria that we could renounce our Spanish residencia’s at the Spanish embassy in UK. Is this true as I cannot find any information about this issue? Your comments would be welcome.

    • Amanda Thomas

      Dear Maureen, I am not sure, but if you find when you ask at the Spanish Embassy that you cannot do this, then I think we may be able to help de-register you with the Police with a power of attorney. This is something very rare that we get asked about, but we believe they were doing this prior to the new TIE system. Everything is a bit up in the air at the moment, as we do not seem to be able to get appointments, but if you email enquiries@spanishsolutions.net in a few weeks and ask if we can do this with a power of attorney, we can find out. We would also try to obtain a certificate of non-residency for you to show this. With kind regards.

  • SUE COOK

    I HAVE BEEN RESIDENT IN SPAIN, TEAHING AND REBTING A HOUSE FOR 6 YEARS. I HAVE RETURNED TO UK UNTIL GOING TO DUBAI ON AUGUST 18TH. CAN I DEREGISTER FROM SPAIN ONLINE ? I NEED TO KEEP BANK ACCOUNT IN SPAIN TO PAY A TAX BILL UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR. MY FINAL SALARY INTO THAT ACCOUNT WILL BE SEPTEMBER. I WILL THEN NEED TO DEREGISTER FOR TAX. HOW DO I DO THIS?

    • Ian C.

      Hi Sue
      Yes you will require to deregister residency. I will pm you or details as we can do if for you if you supply further information.
      Kind Regards
      Jane

  • Amanda Timings

    Hi, I am selling my Spanish property after being a resident here for 5 years. I am returning to the UK. My question is if i sell my property in Spain in November 2020 and purchase my main residence in the UK after December 31st will I then have to pay capital gains tax to Spain?

    • Jane

      Hi Amanda

      Without having full details of the figures of your profit etc I cannot answer fully. At present if you are selling your main residence in EU there are CGT allowances but we do not know what these will be after Dec 31st at the current time. I have e mailed you direct if you wish further assistance.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Kathleen Stott

    We have moved back to uk and we need to de register from Spanish patron, residencery and health, we were not aware we had to do this, we have notified pensions to get my husbands pension paid in uk. Please can you supply us with details of how to do this and charges thanks Kathleen and David Stott

  • Millie

    Hi,

    I moved back to the UK due to covid in June 2020 with the hope to return in Feb 2021. I did not de-register as I want to return, do you know how long I will be in the UK until I loose my residencia? I am working in the UK, do you know if this automatically de-registers me as I am earning here? Thank you for any advice.

    • Jane

      Hi Millie

      The guidance states that your residency can be revoked if you spend more than 6 months in any one year within first 5 years of residency. I hope this helps.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Lauren Simpson

    Hi i worked in spain for 5 months but i didnt register for residence..i paid taxes over 80 euro a month can i claim.taxes back as i left the job in october

    • Jane

      Hi Lauren

      You would have been due to pay tax whether resident or not. You should contact a fiscal gestor, or your previous employers accountant about any refund you are due.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Jane

    Hi. I’m moving back to UK due to covid, I haven’t had time to register as a resident in Spain and I earn less than €22,000, so I’ve been informed that I don’t need to do a tax form in general, so Can I just leave Spain without any forms when I quit my job? I’ve been at my job for only 5 months, do I need to inform the tax people or is it fine considering I pay my tax monthly and am not required to fill in the form due to being under the threshold? Thanks

    • Jane

      Hi Kate

      Each individual tax situation is different so we cannot comment, but can set up a call with our fiscal advisors if you wish.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Kathleen and David Stott

    Hi we moved back to uk in march just as lockdown happened, we need help to let the Spanish authorities know we no longer reside in Spain

    • Jane

      Hi Kathleen

      You should contact your local town hall to be removed from the Padron and contact your local police to Baja your residency.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Yvonne

    Having lived in Spain for 15 years, worked, paid taxes and NI payments I am now retired and in receipt of a small spanish pension and a Spanish widows pension. If I move permantly back to the uk will I still receive the two Spanish pensions and where do I pay the tax to?

    • Jane

      Hi Yvonne

      Yes the pensions will still be paid and you will pay your tax in UK. Hope this helps.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • philip shears

    what taxes will i have to pay when sending 4 cases of second hand clothes shoes etc by courior to uk when returning to uk permanently?

    • Tracie Miles

      Good morning Phillip
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      You will need to check with the Courier company regarding the taxes as this is something we can´t comment on.

  • Nye Demetriou

    Hi i hope to return to the uk may or june.I am62 years old and worked self employed for 15years.How and when will my spanish pension be inisiated .Hope you can help .Thank you

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Nye,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      If you are going back to live in the UK, the Spanish pension can be transferred to the UK when drawing down any UK pension you may have. The other option is to contact the Social Security, in Spain, to confirm if you would be entitled to a Spanish pension and also the amount. Should you need any assistance with this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • W cheevers

    I am a Spanish resident age77. I own a a property in England that is rented out and is declared in my Spanish tax. If I sell my main property in Spain and move back to England what is tax etc. Situation

    • Tracie Miles

      Good morning Bill
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      It would be a good idea for you to speak to your Fiscal Adviser in Spain who currently deals with your taxes. If you do not have one here in Spain then we can assist you no problem at all. Please contact my colleague direct on office@spanishsolutions.net. Her name is Ana.
      Kind regards
      Tracie

  • Sue

    My mother may be returning to the UK but she isn’t sure it will be permanent as she has a property here which will be rented out. She is under Spanish Health care so how would she have to get herself registered back under UK healthcare but keep her residency until the final decision is made

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Sue,

      It would be best to contact the Overseas Health Team at the HMRC and the NHS to discuss this matter. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • rita connery

    A UK pensioner couple who live in spain the husband fell and broke his neck, he is now bedbound, his wife cannot cope and wants to return to UK but does not have the funds to so, what can she do, she has already spent £10,000 medical and cannot afford anymore.

    • Amanda Thomas

      Dear Rita, We are so sorry to hear this. You need to make an appointment at the Social Services office close to you with a translator. But if you have not worked in Spain we do not know what assistance is available as we do not deal with these matters. I am sorry, With kind regards,

  • Connor

    I am returning to the UK after living in Spain for five year and making the necessary appointments but which appointment do I need to book with the police to do the baja? there is no option so i’m not sure whether to just book any and then turn up with the EX18 and say i’m leaving.

    Thanks.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Morning Connor,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      To revoke your residencia, you dont need an appointment. You need to visit your local Foreign Office with a letter, in Spanish, confirming you no longer wish to be resident in Spain ect and your original residencia. The office in which you attend may differ region to region, best to check directly with the Foreign Office. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Shirley StClair

    I get a Spanish widows pension,but thinking of going back to UK to live.Will I still get it and do they transfer the payment to the UK.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Thank you for your email Shirley,

      We have referred this to our Fiscal Advisors and will come back to you directly when we have a reply.

      In the meantime, should you have any further queries, please come back to us.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • David John Bennett

    We are age 72 and 65, and have “residentia”, and have lived in Spain for 4 years …. We have just sold our house at a profit and planning to move back to the UK …. We understand there will be no CGT, but may be some land value tax, but someone said they may charge a 3% holding tax, or is this but just for “non-residents” selling a house? (We plan to buy a house in the UK) ….

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon David,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      If you are residents in Spain, you do not have to pay the 3% tax when selling the property. The land value tax you mention is the Plusvalia, so yes, you would have to pay this. In regards to the CGT if you are over 65 years old you may be exempt, but only if you have been registered on the Padron for the past 4/5 years. You would also need a Fiscal Residency certificate from the Tax office.

      Should you need any assistance with this please do not hesitate to contact us.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Del

    We are returning to the UK soon. Is it possible to submit our 2021 tax return now and make any payment due before we leave, I know payments are usually taken around June but we will be closing our Spanish account. If this isn’t possible can we pay it from our UK bank account.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Del,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Unfortunately, you can not pay the tax return early or pay from the UK bank. If possible it would be best to leave your Spanish bank open until the payment has been taken. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Lisa

    Hello. I’m thinking of moving back to Uk. I understand I have to deregister with the police inform the town hall and tax office social security. As a payer of self employment for 6 years what happens to all the money I’ve paid. I’m 50 so now where near pension age. On my arrival to uk what do I do about my spanish driving license?. Do I inform dvla, and they will help?. Also I have a spanish registration camper. Can I move what little belongings I will have along with my pet dog in this back to Uk and then re register the vehicle to Uk. If so what would need to be done custom wise. I would be moving back to my fathers house so it would only be some personal effects and clothes. So much to think about and a stressful time right now. Thankyou for any help.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Afternoon Lisa,

      You would need to de-register from the padron and also revoke your residencia. When you revoke your residencia, the tax office will be notified. You will also need to cancel you autonomo.

      When you become pensionable age, the HMRC would look to Spain to recover any pensions available to you.

      In regards to importing your camper van and changing your driving licence to the UK, you would need to speak with the DVLA.

      If you need any assistance with the revoking of the residencia, please do not hesitate to contact us.

      We hope this helps.
      Nicola

  • John

    I am looking to go back to the UK having worked 13 years in Spain. I understand I can pay additional 2 years NI to Spanish with prior agreement to get minimum 15 years and hence the Spanish pension even if I’m not in the country? My other question is if I work remotely from the UK and get paid by Spanish company what would be the tax implications be.I read about expact from Spain being taxed at 24 flat rate and some double taxation agreement.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning John,

      We can help you with the for sure.

      Rafa, our fiscal advisor can offer you a zoom call to discuss this matter further. We will contact you directly.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Brian Campbell

    I applied and received a TIE in November 2020 but didn’t actually take up residency. I’m still U.K. tax resident and pay non resident tax and private health insurance. I’ve spent 5 months per calendar year in Spain and have continued to travel within the 90/90 day category. What is the procedure for de-registering and will it affect me continuing to visit Spain

    • Nicola Ryan

      Thank you for your enquiry Brian,

      To cancel the TIE card, you must de-register from the padron, in person and then revoke your TIE card at the Foreign Office. We can help you with the later part if needed.

      If you have Spanish residencia/TIE card this means that you are a Spanish resident. In this case you should not be paying non residents tax. This is for non residents, people who do not have their residencia or TIE.

      We will contact you directly to discuss this matter further.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Mark Flanagan

    Hi
    My Wife and I live in Spain but are moving back to the UK, I realise we have to cancel the tie and do the padron, we I still be be able to drive my Spanish plated car which was originally registered in the UK when we return

    • Nicola Ryan

      Thank you for your enquiry Mark,

      If you are not a Spanish resident, you can drive your Spanish car with a UK licence, no problem.

      Should you need any assistance with the revoking of your residencia, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Susan Southall

    I have been a permanent resident in Spain since 1993. I am retired and receive a Spanish state pension and a British state pension.
    I wish to return to the UK to look after my elderly mother. So this will not be a permanent move but is likely to be a fairly long time. I don’t wish to give up my Spanish residency as I wish to return.
    What steps do I have to take to do this?
    Thank you!

    • Nicola Ryan

      Thank you for your enquiry Susan,

      As you have a permanent residencia, you can be out of Spain for no more than 2 years without in affecting your residency status. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Adam N

    Hi,

    My wife and I have been living with family in Spain since September 2021. We are now planning to return to the UK permanently. My wife and I both have residency (I have a Spanish passport and she has an EU family card). We are both registered on the padron at the town hall in Barcelona and also each have cards with access to full Spanish healthcare.

    My question is, we want to deregister soon from the padron so we aren’t considered tax residents for the next tax year here. If we deregister from the padron a couple of weeks before we actuality leave, would we still be able to access healthcare if necessary? It’s unclear if upon deregistering, whether the town hall informs the local CAP of the change and therefore our access to healthcare is revoked, or is this something we need to inform the CAP of ourselves and therefore our access would remain available until then?

    Hopefully this makes sense.

    Many thanks,
    Adam

    • Nicola Ryan

      Thank you for your enquiry Adam,

      As far as we are aware the padron is not linked to the health cover. It would also depend on the way you obtain your health cover, if you pay Convenio especial or work in Spain. We will contact you directly to discuss this matter further.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Tracey

    My mother who has been a resident for twenty years wants to move back to the UK now her husband has passed away. She has a Spanish Will, is that Will valid in the UK or would she need a new Will once she moves back.

    • Amanda Thomas

      Hi Tracey, Her Spanish Will covers Spain and she should make a UK Will when she moves back informing them about the Spanish Will for UK assets only. With kind regards,

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