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savewhatyouhave

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Hey folks,
I currently live in Spain and work remotely for a US company with my compensation around $100k/yr.
With this income I'd have to pay approximately 40-45% as taxes which is too much but I'd still would like to have an "official" source of income.
So I'm thinking about becoming a self-employed and receiving let's say $30k/yr into my self-eployed bank account to pay 25%-30% taxes only from this amount. The rest $70k/yr I'd be receiving into EMIs. My company is fine splitting my paycheck into as many separate payments as needed. Any thoughts? Thank you!
 

void

Entrepreneur
Hey folks,
I currently live in Spain and work remotely for a US company with my compensation around $100k/yr.
With this income I'd have to pay approximately 40-45% as taxes which is too much but I'd still would like to have an "official" source of income.
So I'm thinking about becoming a self-employed and receiving let's say $30k/yr into my self-eployed bank account to pay 25%-30% taxes only from this amount. The rest $70k/yr I'd be receiving into EMIs. My company is fine splitting my paycheck into as many separate payments as needed. Any thoughts? Thank you!
are you serious? you think that 70% paid to EMI will just disappear?
 

void

Entrepreneur
No, but EMIs not banks so they don't report your income to local tax authorities?
maybe they don't, maybe they do, most likely they will... - the point is your tax burden will not vanish and your liability will be there if not forever then for years - I don't think you want to live with that... do you?

search the forum and you'll learn about your options...
 

savewhatyouhave

New member
maybe they don't, maybe they do, most likely they will... - the point is your tax burden will not vanish and your liability will be there if not forever then for years - I don't think you want to live with that... do you?

search the forum and you'll learn about your options...
I appreciate your reply. I understand that Spain is a nightmare for self-employed folks and the best would be for me to relocate to a more "tax friendly" country but this isn't an option at this moment. $100k/year also isn't the kind of income that allows very sophisticated tax optimization schemes.
Unless I missed something else?
 

void

Entrepreneur
I appreciate your reply. I understand that Spain is a nightmare for self-employed folks and the best would be for me to relocate to a more "tax friendly" country but this isn't an option at this moment. $100k/year also isn't the kind of income that allows very sophisticated tax optimization schemes.
Unless I missed something else?
there are bigger experts here but you have basically three rational options in my opinion:
- pay taxes
- relocate
- don't have income (that leads to you)
 

Sols

Staff member
Mentor Group Gold
Any thoughts?
Don't live in Spain if you don't want to pay Spanish taxes.

The Spanish tax authority is a bureaucratic mess and things slip through the cracks. But if they catch wind of you, they are very aggressive and won't back down.

No, but EMIs not banks so they don't report your income to local tax authorities?
EMIs are not exempt from reporting obligations. There is nothing about CRS/AEOI that excludes EMIs. They've just been a little slow to implement it and haven't been a regulatory priority.

Secrecy is an outdated concept.
 

Larin

New member
What you are proposing is straight up tax evasion, which is punishable from 1 to 5 years in prison. Do you want to bet that on your preferred EMI not reporting you to the tax authorities?
 

Enomad

Mentor Group Gold
Where are you from ? If not from Spain you could apply for Beckham Law below some advantages:

- pay a flat fee of 24% only on the incomes they obtain in Spain instead of a progressive tax on their worldwide incomes (19-45%)
- no tax on foreign income
 

uncreative

New member
Where are you from ? If not from Spain you could apply for Beckham Law below some advantages:

- pay a flat fee of 24% only on the incomes they obtain in Spain instead of a progressive tax on their worldwide incomes (19-45%)
- no tax on foreign income
Beckham law has nothing to do with citizenship. In addition, you have to move to Spain for the job and must not have been a tax resident in Spain for 10 years beforehand. Some changes are planned ( startup law ) , but moving to Spain is elementary. So probably not an option in this case.
 

tolstoy

BANNED MEMBER
Hey folks,
I currently live in Spain and work remotely for a US company with my compensation around $100k/yr.
With this income I'd have to pay approximately 40-45% as taxes which is too much but I'd still would like to have an "official" source of income.
So I'm thinking about becoming a self-employed and receiving let's say $30k/yr into my self-eployed bank account to pay 25%-30% taxes only from this amount. The rest $70k/yr I'd be receiving into EMIs. My company is fine splitting my paycheck into as many separate payments as needed. Any thoughts? Thank you!
This has an easy solution- get hold of a person with seychelles ibc and get paid there- then you can take the money out from them in the form of Crypto.Get the crypto converted in Spain in Small amounts for living expenses.
 

James Spader

Forum Moderator
Staff member
Mentor Group Gold
Elite Member
This has an easy solution- get hold of a person with seychelles ibc and get paid there- then you can take the money out from them in the form of Crypto.Get the crypto converted in Spain in Small amounts for living expenses.
That would work as long as you can explain where the money comes from if anyone is asking!?
 

savewhatyouhave

New member
Where are you from ? If not from Spain you could apply for Beckham Law below some advantages:

- pay a flat fee of 24% only on the incomes they obtain in Spain instead of a progressive tax on their worldwide incomes (19-45%)
- no tax on foreign income
I don't qualify for Beckham Law because I already live in Spain. And I mentioned this isn't a Spanish company. I have a consulting agreement with the company so I'd have to become a self-employed and being self-employed is another point to be disqualified from Beckham's law.

What about receiving a portion of my salary in crypto (let's assume the company is okay sending USDC into a cold wallet) and use crypto.com card or ledger card for my daily expenses? And the other portion would be taxable as self-employed.
 
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tolstoy

BANNED MEMBER
I don't qualify for Beckham Law because I already live in Spain. And I mentioned this isn't a Spanish company. I have a consulting agreement with the company so I'd have to become a self-employed and being self-employed is another point to be disqualified from Beckham's law.

What about receiving a portion of my salary in crypto (let's assume the company is okay sending USDC into a cold wallet) and use crypto.com card or ledger card for my daily expenses? And the other portion would be taxable as self-employed.
For 15% the seychelles solution would work fantastically- you could have the agreement transferred to the seychelles ibc and take payouts from them in your crypto wallet.No need to pay any taxes or rather pay at the lowest slab if you like to.
 

savewhatyouhave

New member
For 15% the seychelles solution would work fantastically- you could have the agreement transferred to the seychelles ibc and take payouts from them in your crypto wallet.No need to pay any taxes or rather pay at the lowest slab.
Right. But what if I want to buy a car or a house in Spain? I see how this might work for day-to-day expenses but what about bigger expenses?
 

luap

New member
Have you seen the penalties in Spain for tax evasion? You're looking at 3-4x the amount in penalties, and prison if you're caught avoiding the amounts you posted above for a couple of years. Less risky would be to pay tax in Spain and put it all on red in the casino. Best option is to move abroad.
 

ecool

New member
Well the seychelles ibc could also issue payments as consulting

It could be negotiated with the seychelles ibc to provide contracts for consulting fee also when required.
from what I understand, the Spanish tax agency will get a heart attack when they see only consulting invoices coming from a tax haven. This can work if you have, let's say, 10 invoices per month and only 1 comes from a tax haven, but if 1 out of 1 comes from a tax haven, you are looking for trouble
 

tolstoy

BANNED MEMBER
from what I understand, the Spanish tax agency will get a heart attack when they see only consulting invoices coming from a tax haven. This can work if you have, let's say, 10 invoices per month and only 1 comes from a tax haven, but if 1 out of 1 comes from a tax haven, you are looking for trouble
Why cant a legitimate business in Seychelles hire a Spanish Consultant could you care to explain? Payment to the consultant will be in crypto.
 
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