How can I pay less tax legally?

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By lionofludesch
19th Sep 2017 09:19

I can't think of a more inappropriate place to discuss your complex affairs than an internet forum.

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By anon02426
19th Sep 2017 09:22

I'm open to suggestions of how I can find an accountant that can help with this situation (other than posting anonymously on an accounting website!).

I really do need some help and advice and don't know how else to find someone that can help - so your opinions would be appreciated.

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By lionofludesch
19th Sep 2017 09:30

How did we manage without anonymous postings on an internet forum?

Pop round to your local international firm of accountants in Bilbao or Benidorm or wherever. Only a specialist can deal with this.

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By anon02426
19th Sep 2017 09:32

I appreciate your comments - thanks, I'll do this.

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By Tim Vane
19th Sep 2017 09:23

Ahh, I love the smell of wanton fraud and tax evasion in the morning.

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By mrme89
19th Sep 2017 09:24

So you want to come clean, but only to the extent that you don't pay too much tax? And you only want to come clean because you'd like to buy a house?

If I were you, I'd forget my silly tax avoidance ideas. You don't have a clue what you are doing.

You need structured, professional advice, which will come at a cost.

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By anon02426
19th Sep 2017 09:38

Thanks - I will have to look for advice offline then.

Sorry for sharing my ideas - I didn't mean to encourage belittling comments - I have now removed them.

Really, I just wanted to see if any accountants have experience with this kind of situation so I could hire them but I will search locally instead.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
19th Sep 2017 09:35

I would hazard a guess that you need a really good Spanish accountant, a UK one and a Bulgarian one. I presume you already have the last two, if they are decent then I would start with those. If they are rubbish paper shufflers, hire proper ones.

And I would sack your dodgy lawyer.

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By anon02426
19th Sep 2017 09:39

You are right, I have a UK and Bulgarian accountant but honestly - yes, I also get the feeling that they are more "paper-shufflers", as you said.

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By Accountant A
19th Sep 2017 11:26

anon02426 wrote:

You are right, I have a UK and Bulgarian accountant

Is your UK accountant a member of a professional body?

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By bendybod
19th Sep 2017 11:27

You clearly don't have a good UK accountant if they are allowing you to continue filing your tax returns as though you are a UK resident when you plainly aren't.
I'm sorry, I don't have much sympathy for someone who 'flies under the radar' but on a professional level, you need someone who specialises in cross-border taxation - and possibly a Spanish lawyer (not a dodgy one) to deal with the fact that when you do introduce yourself to the Spanish authorities, they may want to address the fact that you haven't been paying tax there for however many years. There are many professionals out there who are at least used to dealing with British / Spanish cross border taxation issues.

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By bernard michael
19th Sep 2017 10:12

Might be good idea to move out of Spain before the authorities catch up with you. Try Portugal I'm told they're quite relaxed about tax
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Post Brexit the whole employment/tax position may change so you could be on a short time frame

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