The Guru Guide To Setting Up A Tax-Efficient Gran Canaria Business (ZEC)

A guide to setting up a low-tax ZEC company in Gran Canaria

Low-tax ZEC investments Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is part of the ZEC, or Canary Islands Special Zone. What’s special about it?

Well, open a business in Gran Canaria and tick all the boxes, and you pay just 4% corporate income tax and gets a slew of other benefits.

What is the ZEC?

The ZEC is a low-taxation zone focused on the Canary Islands. Its main purpose is to encourage European businesses to move to the Canaries, or set up subsidiaries here, to provide jobs and experience to local people and boost the economy. In exchange, it offers businesses one of the lowest corporate tax regimes in Europe. Read More


The Ultimate Guru Guide To Relocating To Gran Canaria

Complete guide to relocating to Gran Canaria

Unless you try to drive over, relocating to Gran Canaria isn’t really any harder than moving anywhere else in Europe.

That said, the more information you have before you move to Gran Canaria the easier things are. Here’s everything we can think of that you need to know about relocating to Gran Canaria. Read More


Gran Canaria Teaching Jobs: Arucas Academy Needs Two English Teachers

Quality English teaching jobs in Gran Canaria

Inglés Vivo, an excellent Arucas language academy is looking for two native English teachers for small groups of children between the ages of four and 18. These are good quality 20-hours contracts with an employer that looks after its staff. 

Here’s the description…

We are looking for 2 Native English teachers in the north of Gran Canaria. Teaching children from 4 -18 years of age in small groups. 20 hours a week, 4-8pm Monday to Friday. Spoken Spanish and experience needed. We offer long term stable work.

Please send CV to inglesvivo38 (at) gmail.com


Gran Canaria Insurance: Civil Liability Cover Gives You Peace Of Mind

Gran Canaria Insurance: Caser Expats have your civil liability covered

The Gran Canaria lifestyle is all about being outdoors and enjoying the gifts that island life gives us every day.

Those beautiful surf waves, the spectacular walking trails, the stunning highland roads; it’s hard to live in Gran Canaria and not have a hobby that involves making the most out of the sunshine.

Whether you surf, drive a motorbike, or just hike with your dog, you want to do it knowing that any accidents are covered by insurance. And also that anything that happens at home while you are out enjoying yourself is also covered.

Now, health insurance makes sure that you are protected, but what happens in the event of an accident involving other people, or a boiler failure when you are on the beach?

An innocent mistake or mishap can end up costing a fortune if property is damaged or a third party gets injured because of something you do. Court costs and damages add up fast!

Civil liability insurance covers you for exactly this sort of event and gives you and your family complete peace of mind.

Caser Expats Civil Liability Insurance

In Gran Canaria, Caser Expats offer a tailored civil liability insurance policy that covers the needs of foreign residents on the island. A Caser policy insures you against the cost of any accident you are involved in and protects you and your family from court costs and damages.

CaExpatsarts insurance covers the following….

  • All costs associated with your non-professional activities, including outdoor sports, in the case of your actions causing damage or injury to a third party or their possessions.
  • All costs associated with the actions of your pets.
  • All costs associated with water damage to third party property (a common problem in Gran Canaria due to the effects of the highly mineralized tap water on pipes, boilers and washing machines).
  • All costs associated with a fire or explosion in your rented property.
  • Protection against the costs of a wide range of common accidents and mishaps such as food poisoning, falling antennas.
  • All court case costs resulting from a third party claim for damages.

To contact Caser Expats for a free insurance quote, just fill in this form and they will be in touch with you within a day. 


Full Time Chef And Sous Chef Jobs In Arguineguín

Proper jobs in Gran Canaria from Gran Canaria Guru

The excellent Taste Meson restaurant in Arguineguin is looking for a full-time chef and a full-time sous chef. 

Here’s the job description…

“We are currently looking for one new chef, and a sous chef to our high quality kitchen in Arguineguin.
The “Line chef” should have a minimum of 3 years experience.
Full time job for both positions.
We are an all year around restaurant so it is not only for the winter season we hiring but it is also a possibility if that is what you are looking for.
We cook all food from scratch and it is more towards “fine dining” food but in a very relaxed environment.
It is a huge plus if you speak Spanish but not a deal breaker.
Send your application to info (at) tastemeson.com.”


Proper Gran Canaria Jobs: English Teaching Jobs In Vecindario

Operations manager and PA to MD: Jobs available in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Operations manager and PA to MD: Jobs available in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

An established language academy based in Vecindario is looking for two teachers; One full-time position and the other part time.

Here’s the description…

The English Centre in Vecindario has 2 positions available for Native English Teachers from 3rd October 2016: One full-time, teaching children and teens in the afternoons and evenings, and the other part-time, teaching young children twice a week in the afternoons.  Please contact Gordon on 696953092.


Proper Gran Canaria Jobs: Operations manager and PA to MD

Operations manager and PA to MD: Jobs available in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Operations manager and PA to MD: Jobs available in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

A Gran Canaria-based website and app development company is looking for two people to fill positions in their Las Palmas offices. The jobs are for native English speakers and you need to be comfortable in a startup atmosphere and web-savvy.

Here’s the description of the two jobs: Read More


The Guru Guide To Making A Spanish Will In Gran Canaria

Why you must make a will in Gran Canaria and how to go about it
Dying in Spain without a valid will is a wildly inconsiderate thing to do as it leaves your family and inheritors mired in bureaucracy at the worst possible time. 
Spanish inheritance law, called the Ley de Herederos Forzosos, is spectacularly illiberal and controls exactly who you can leave your assets to when you pop your flip flops.

Here’s how it works …

When you die, your assets are divided into thirds.

  • One-third goes to the kids. Each one gets an equal share.
  • Another third also goes to the children, but you get to decide how much you leave to each one. However, a surviving spouse gets dibs on this third while they are alive.
  • The last third of your assets is yours to give away as you please.
  • If parents survive their children, the resulting pie chart of shares is incomprehensible.

If your assets consist of cash and shares, it’s easy enough to divvy them up. However, as most people in Spain invest in property, dying almost always causes problems.

For example, what if granny won’t move out of a big house even if the grandkids want to go to university and their parents can’t afford it? And does anyone have the contact detail for that long-lost brother in Venezuela?

Fortunately, foreign residents can avoid the whole issue.

The benefits of dying as a foreigner in Spain

The Ley de Herederos Forzosos applies to Spanish nationals and foreign residents. However, guiris can avoid it by making a Spanish will that specifies that they want their estate to be governed by their home country’s rules.

This is why it’s now essential to make a will if you are resident in Spain and don’t want the Spanish state to decide what you can do with two-thirds of your estate.

NOTE: The law changed in 2015 so you now have to specify that you want your home country’s rules to apply to your estate. Prior to 2015, it was automatic.

Source article (in Spanish).

A Spanish will is essential for most Gran Canaria residents

If you’re here as a teacher, rent a flat and spend all your spare money on rum, you don’t need a will. But as soon as you buy a property, get married or breed, you do.

Buy you can’t just scribble down a few instructions and then forget about it; Spanish will-making is as complex as you’d expect.

To start with, there are three types of will.

The three types of Spanish will

  • Testamento abierto: An open will and the most common type. It must be drawn up by a lawyer or notary, witnessed, and a copy registered with the central repository of wills in Madrid.
  • Testamento cerrado: A secret will that is registered by a notary but remains sealed. This kind of will is popular with pirates and vindictive pensioners.
  • Testamento ólografo: A verbal or handwritten will. Verbal wills must be witnessed by at least five people (only three during an epidemic) who then have to tell a notary what you said after you die (and agree with each other). A handwritten will is much simpler as it doesn’t need witnesses or a notary. Once you die, however, a handwritten will has to be verified and this can take time.

Make a will in Gran Canaria: Just go to a lawyer or notary

As you may have gathered, it’s best to get decent advice before you die and blight your family’s life for a generation. The easiest way is to go to a Spanish lawyer in Spain (one who speaks your language) and get them to draw up a testamento abierto or testamento ólografo (which you need to write out by hand; isn’t this fun).

A basic open will doesn’t cost more than 50 euros to get signed, stamped and registered at a notary in Gran Canaria.

Tips on dying neatly in Spain

Consider funeral insurance, which means that someone else deals with the paperwork and haggles with predatory funeral providers on your family’s behalf.

Have a separate will if you own property or assets outside Spain. For example, if you own a British property, it’s best to have a British will that covers it.

Don’t nominate an executor in your Spanish will. It confuses things and makes the whole process far more expensive.

Inheritance tax in Gran Canaria

Here’s some good news; the direct families of most Gran Canaria residents and even non-resident property owners in the Canary Islands get a rebate of 99.9% of the inheritance tax due. This applies to EU and EEA citizens (and Brits for now).

This exemption became law in 2016 for two reasons…

Other areas of Spain offered the rebate and lots of Spanish people and wily foreigners were moving their money to more generous autonomias to avoid paying inheritance tax.

Inheritance tax in Spain must be paid before the assets are released and many people simply couldn’t afford to inherit.

So, in summary, you will make a will in Gran Canaria, won’t you? Yes, you WILL!

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7 Reasons We Love TV Mucho & You Will Too

TV MUcho gives you high quality and legal UK television anywhere in the world

TV Mucho is the best way we know to get UK television in Gran Canaria and here’s why…

It takes seconds to install

TV Mucho comes in a box and all you do is plug it into your television and your internet. The whole process takes a minute and you’ll be watching your favourite program before you can say “me gusta mucho”.

Founder Vincent Weberink designed the whole system with his mother-in-law in mind. It was only ready for the market when it was easy enough for her to use.

There are no dishes, cables or gizmos

The TV Mucho box looks like a Discman (remember them?) and comes with one cable to connect it to your TV and one for power. To be precise, it’s 12,85 x 12,85 x 3 centimetres.

All you do is connect it to your internet supply via Wifi or cable and that’s it.

You can get rid of all those yellow and red cables that connect the laptop to the TV and forget about the satellite dish on the roof.

All you need to get UK TV is a tiny TV Mucho box.

TV Mucho is completely legal

You can get UK TV online of course, but the quality is patchy, it’s probably illegal and the sites that stream it are riddled with spyware and dodgy links.

With TV Mucho you avoid all this aggro because the whole system is completely legal. The company has negotiated broadcast rights with all the channels you get and beams them to your TV set from a data centre in Switzerland.

Watch TV on your TV

How many times have you given up watching a program because it kept freezing, or because the sound was out of sync with the images?  Forget pixellated images and endless buffering; with TV Mucho you get great quality TV right on your main television screen with no delay.

It’s cheap as chips

TV Mucho costs just 10 euros per month and you can stop and start the service whenever you want.

You get all your British TV favourites on your television for about 25 pence per day.

You can take it anywhere

The TV Mucho box works anywhere so you can use it in Gran Canaria or anywhere else in Spain, then take it on holiday anywhere in the world.

All you need to watch TV Mucho is a television and an internet connection.

New channels all the time

Right now you get all the most popular UK channels like the BBCs, ITVs, Channel 4 & 5 and TV Mucho is adding new channels all the time.

Try it now

TV Mucho are offering a free trial to 50 people in Gran Canaria. Just fill in this form and you get to be one of the first people in the world to get UK TV in a box. Or visit the TV Mucho website for more info.


Legal Expat TV Now Live Across Spain

TV Mucho Expat TV is a new and completely legal way to watch Beritish television in Spain

 

Ever wished you could watch British TV in Gran Canaria any time you wanted? Legally, and without any complicated hookups or dodgy websites?

Well, now you can, thanks to Gran Canaria-based pioneers TV Mucho.

TV Mucho’s home television box just plugs into any television and internet (wifi and cable) and gives you instant access to al the top British TV stations.

We’ve been testing TV Mucho for a week and we can say that it works perfectly.

The picture you get is high quality and the system is fast and really easy to use. It takes two minutes to set up and all works via a simple remote control.

Testers Needed

It’s taken two years for TV Mucho to negotiate legal rights to show British TV abroad and to develop a system that is easy to install and use.

Now, TV Mucho are about to launch their service across Spain and Europe. After seeing it in action, we think the world of expat TV is about to change forever.

These guys are the Spotify of television.

But before the launch, TV Mucho want to be absolutely sure that their system works perfectly so they are asking for 50 Gran Canaria resident volunteers to test TV Mucho boxes for a week.

The TV Mucho Trial has now ended and was a huge success. You can buy TV Mucho boxes from the website