This is my first post. I am coming with information I’ve gathered to hear your thoughts and/or if you know of anyone doing this successfully.
I am an EU citizen (Maltese) and live in Malta currently. I have a residence here, and am employed remotely through a company here (my family is here too). I want to move to Spain and purchase a property to be my (mostly) full time home - but of course, the tax situation is much better in Malta.
I did the legwork and visited a highly regarded international tax lawyer in Madrid and came back with this information. The lawyer told me that GENERALLY the rule is if you live in Spain for over 6 months a year you are considered a tax resident. BUT there are ways around this. The lawyer said that if you have stronger ties to another country (home there, family there, business activities there) AND you get a letter from that country stating that you are a tax resident there - then you will not be considered a tax resident in Spain (Due to the dual taxation agreements and whatnot).
I even asked the lawyer - what if I move to Spain and the Spanish taxman comes after me - can I come back to you for help? The lawyer said no problem - that this is not illegal in the least and is semi-common practice.
I trust this lawyer’s advice. I’m just curious if anyone else has gotten similar advice, is actually doing this, or knows of someone who is? Of any issues that might arise? Should I go ahead and register myself with the authorities there pre-proving my tax status in Malta or should I wait for them to come to me?
Thanks for any feedback!