Reply To: CGT payable in Spain on disposal of a UK property

Mark Stücklin

JCA, you need to talk to a specialist firm like Blevins Franks to get a tax comparison Spain vs. UK in your particular case. However, I suspect you will be better off selling as a UK taxpayer if you pay no CGT. It’s possible you might also avoid CGT in Spain if you can demonstrate that it was your main home and you spent the proceeds buying another main home (this time in Spain), but I’m not sure about that.

If you do come to live in Spain and have any asset back in the UK worth more than €50,000, like your house, then you need to declare it in Spain. The cost of not doing so is now crazy (the law in Spain on worldwide asset declaration is crazy, and being contested at a EU level). It’s not worth the risk of not declaring, now that EU governments are getting better at sharing information). Learn more about the worldwide asset declaration (modelo 720) requirement here.