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Living & Working in the Pollensa Area This forum is for any comments, questions and advice about living (permanently or temporarily) and working in the Pollensa area. Aimed at ex-pats, property owners etc.

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Old 20-06-2013, 09:30
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Default Documents needed to open a resident bank account

Hi, does anybody have any info on the documents needed to open a resident bank account here & any suggestions on which bank.
We both have U.K accounts but need to open a Spanish account with a card reader available for taking card payments abywhere. When we registered at town hall we were told that it would be a straight forward process but after visiting Santander it appears to be quite complex due to new legislations being pushed upon the Spanish by U.K government!
They are asking for proof of employment from employer here in Majorca & tax records but I tried explaining that I still work for a U.K based company 10 days a month & an in the process of setting up a self employed business here in Pollenca but couldn't really get anywhere with them.. A little confused as surely there are a lot of fortunate people here that have relocated without the need of having to work but who have still opened accounts without any employer info.
Does anybody have any recent dealings with banks or any advice as the Internet seems to say a whole lot of different things. Thanks
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Old 20-06-2013, 11:16
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Oh dear things must have changed a lot recently, when we moved over we went to Santander with our landlord's help and opened a non residents account, only needed our passports, then when we eventually got our residents certificates we took them to the bank and they changed everything over to a "full" account, it was so simple.
Maybe it's more complicated because you need a business account, sorry but i can't help you with that .
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Old 20-06-2013, 12:08
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I opened a business account in PP over 10 years ago! At that time the only bank who would do it from a distance was the Credito Balear now Targobank - so I'm still with them. As I run a Limited company I had to supply my corporation documents etc. and then finalised everything when we next came over.

Based on what I've heard, I would suggest - especially if you are going to be working in Spain - that you find a good 'gestor' who can help you with your paperwork, accounts, tax returns etc. Perhaps someone can recommend one.

Self-employment is also very different to the UK and there appears to be a fixed rate of 'national insurance' regardless of earnings.
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Old 20-06-2013, 14:14
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Sparky,we did just as you did,had a non residents account and then changed once here permanently. I know that lots of things are changing almost daily.
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Old 21-06-2013, 08:05
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Try Bankia, i was in there last week and they told me it was no problem as a non resident.
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Old 21-06-2013, 08:43
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Thanks all for the replies. We will post the process when we eventually get there, for any future queries.
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Old 21-06-2013, 09:17
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Hi Marc, have Private Messaged you.
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Old 21-06-2013, 09:34
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Marc&Gemma, there is some good information on this site :-

Opening a Bank Account in Spain | AngloINFO Spain
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im looking for a good gestor also, if anyone can recommend one. thanks
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