How to Claim Packages Stuck at Spanish Customs in Barajas Airport
Jan12

How to Claim Packages Stuck at Spanish Customs in Barajas Airport

The holidays are a chaotic time at post offices in Spain, and for anyone who has lived in Spain long enough, it’s a time when lines are long, prices for shipping are sky-high and the inevitable holiday cheer package gets stuck in customs. While it’s enough to make you go full-on Grinch at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, you can usually get your packages back, though you’ll usually have to fork over VAT, or duty,...

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Understanding the New FATCA Laws for Americans
Sep18

Understanding the New FATCA Laws for Americans

Of all of the ups and downs that go along with being an expat in Spain, money and finance can be one of the most frustrating. But what happens when your bank threatens to close your accounts just because you’re an American? In July, co-founder Cat found that her three banks accounts had been frozen, launching a logistical nightmare while she navigated furnishing a new house and entertaining family with no access to her money. The...

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How to Apply For Unemployment as a Foreigner in Spain
Jul02

How to Apply For Unemployment as a Foreigner in Spain

The prestación por desempleo de nivel contributivo, commonly known as paro, is a social service that seeks to protect workers who have lost their jobs or have seen a sharp reduction in their work hours. Every worker who pays into the social security system contributes to this fund through their paycheck, at a rate that is usually less than 2%. Everything related to the work world is regulated through the SEPE – el Servicio...

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