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Old 7th September 2019, 01:44 PM
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I have read on Facebook groups that many people are getting a non-lucrative visa and hiding the fact they will be working remotely. That creates so many problems - just think of the tax implications. Personally I think it's very risky because thanks to FATCA fiscal information is now shared between governments.

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I don't swing by this forum too often so apologies if I've missed previous debates on the subject.

Interesting to see that the non-lucrative visa is no longer being granted on the basis of remote income, and that remote work is explicitly prohibited at least as far as the LA consulate is concerned. I thought that sounded too good to be true, but at least a few were able to enjoy it while it lasted.

As for working on the sly while resident, this means that Spain is like any other EU country, really. If you can wangle a way to stay beyond 90 days, via student visa or non-lucrative visa granted on the basis of savings, or as the spouse of an academic on an exchange or whatever, you can probably work remotely without fear of detection. But it would be very difficult to transition into a permanent stay, so this will only really fly for a year or two.

As for income tax, since one isn't legally able to work, presumably one isn't legally able to pay taxes. The two wrongs sort of cancel each other out there.

Information-sharing would not be a concern, at least not for a temporary stay of a few years. FATCA isn't reciprocal (i.e. the US is a great big tax haven) so anyone keeping their money in the US doesn't need to worry about the Spanish authorities discovering anything. (Even CRS isn't a concern. If a Canadian were to do this, presumably they would not declare Spanish tax residency to their Canadian bank. They would also lack the appropriate identification number if they had not entered the Spanish tax system.)

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