Originally Posted by sadlybroke
I'm not sure I understand. Do you mean I do not have to set myself up as autonomo to receive my UK salary and tax it in Spain? I do not speak Spanish and don't know much about accounting so I would have to pay a Spanish accountant anyway.
Another option - we have some savings that would cover our expenses in Spain for a year. If we came to live in Spain with 40k in our personal bank account, would we be able to buy a car, get health insurance, rent a house, etc.? That's just for the first year - if we like it we'll completely move to Spain and transfer the business there; if not, we'll return back to the UK.
Firstly, I am the director of a UK company. I am NOT an autonomo here in Spain, because all my "business" is done in the UK ... noting relates to Spain at all. Corporation tax on the business is paid in the UK, to the UK taxman. If I were to take an income from that company, then the income would be taxable in Spain as an individual, and therefore I would declare it on my annual tax return. For that I use a gestor in Spain, not an accountant, and I pay him €50 for doing that.
In the UK I have a UK accountant who compiles my accounts, and does my returns.
So ...... if you are a similar situation then you can see the simplest way of approaching the situation. This is based on the fact that you reside in Spain as mentioned by Snikpoh, and are therefore a Spanish tax resident.
So you see, if you become autonomo here in Spain under the above circumstances it would almost be a poinless exercise.
I dont know your business details, but there is really no need to transfer your business to Spain (unless your business makes it necessary). You can run it in the UK from Spain, as a Spanish resident.
As regards your £40k in the bank, you can use it for whatever you want to. Health care is relatively cheap here, it was around €1150 for two in their mid fifties when we took it out. Cars are expensive unfortunately compared to the UK.
Transfers from the UK to Spain can be done with companies like Currencies Direct. With a monthly direct debit there are no charges for the transfer, and good rates of exchange. Pick the right bank in Spain and you wont get charged for receiving the monies into your Spanish account either.