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Is there cash assistance available? Who is eligible? How does someone apply?

In Spain, financial aid was approved for Ukrainians forced to flee due to hostilities. Payments are 400 euros for each adult and 100 euros for minors. Financial assistance will be provided for 6 months.

Who can get help?

Persons who meet the following criteria will be able to receive funds:

  • have temporary protection in Spain
  • are not supported by official charitable organizations (Red Cross, Caritas, CEAR, etc.)
  • have a residence permit
  • have no income

How to get help?

To receive help, you need to register for an appointment at the Social Security Service (on the website, select the section "Make an appointment for pensions and other benefits (INSS)") or call 915412530 / 901106570.

For additional questions about receiving assistance, contact the Oficians de la Seguridad Social.

How do I set up a bank account?

You can open a bank account in one of the following banks without any fee:

How do I withdraw cash or exchange my currencies?

Cash is usually withdrawn from automatic teller machines(ATMs) at bank branches. In addition, in Spain it is easy to find ATMs to withdraw cash in shopping centres and shopping areas, large urban centres and historic centres in small towns.

If you need to change your money to โ‚ฌ, you will be able to do so at exchange points, at various banks, and at the majority of hotels and travel agencies.

How do I pay taxes in a country?

After you become a tax resident in Spain and find a job, your employer pays taxes on your behalf on a montly basis. There are different procedures for non-tax residents and freelancers that you can find here .

How to pay taxes if you are registered in Ukraine as an individual entrepreneur?

If you are in Spanish territory for more than 183 days, then you will be considered a Spanish employee and payer of IRPF income tax, and the total income will be subject to this tax, regardless of the place where this income was received and regardless of the residence of the taxpayer.

If I already work remotely, how should I pay my taxes?

Tax residents (if you live over 183 calendar days) in Spain must pay taxes in Spain for all their income, including those generated abroad.

How to avoid double taxation?

In Spain, Ukrainian refugees automatically become tax residents if they live in the country for more than 183 days a year and have a center of activity or economic interests.

There is an ingenious, but not perfect, solution โ€” to prove to the tax authority of the state in which the citizen does not plan to pay taxes that he is a resident of another country where he fulfills this duty.

A natural person has such a right, as Ukraine has valid conventions and treaties on the avoidance of double taxation with 73 countries of the world. Among them are almost all European countries, as well as the USA and Canada. According to these conventions, Ukrainians who pay taxes in Ukraine have the right to avoid taxation in the country of residence.

If such a situation arises in which a citizen falls under the criteria of a tax resident of Ukraine and at the same time another state defines him as its resident, he has the right to contact the tax authorities of the country of residence and make a request to the Ukrainian tax authorities to confirm that he pays taxes.

That is, in order to prevent double taxation, it is necessary to determine the resident status of an individual and, if necessary, obtain a document that will confirm it. But this may require the help of specialists - tax consultants or lawyers. Specialists advise in advance to collect evidence of the presence of a center of economic interests in Ukraine (if you plan to pay taxes only in Ukraine).

Among them may be:

  • certificate of payment of taxes in Ukraine;
  • certificate of tax resident of Ukraine (soon to be available in electronic form);
  • actual place of registration in Ukraine;
  • evidence of the presence of an individual entrepreneur registered in Ukraine (registration documents and tax declarations);
  • certificates of current accounts in Ukrainian banks;
  • certificates about the child's attendance at educational institutions in Ukraine;
  • receipts for the payment of utility bills.

If a citizen of Ukraine is recognized as a resident of Ukraine, but paid taxes in another country, the taxes paid can be credited in Ukraine. But if a person does not meet the criteria of a resident of Ukraine, it allows to change the tax resident status and consider another country as the place of tax payment.

It is important to check the registration of a natural person as a subject of entrepreneurial activity in the Unified State Register. Even if the activity has not been carried out for a long time, but the registration has not been terminated, this is a criterion for recognizing a person as a resident of Ukraine, which is accompanied by the obligation to pay taxes on income received abroad in Ukraine.

Being a citizen of Ukraine, but a tax NON-resident, you will still have to pay taxes in Ukraine for some types of income:

  • when receiving inheritance and gifts from persons who are not relatives of the 1st and 2nd degrees of kinship;
  • when receiving an investment profit;
  • when selling/leasing immovable and movable property to a natural person.

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How can I send money back to Ukraine?

You can transfer money to Ukraine via an international transfer or money transfer at a corresponding provider or a bank.

For an international transfer at the bank you have to fill out a special form and usually pay fees. Other special money transfer providers (e.g. Western Union, Moneygram, Wise, Revolut, Paypal) are often a cheaper and faster alternative.