Just Merveilleux

Life at № 42

UK growth revised downwards. Spanish stocks fall. Oil & gold at record lows.

And there are more floods in Britain.

That’s what I get for reading the news every morning. Oh, and a British muslim family was not allowed to board an aeroplane to the US for reasons unknown. There were however two less depressing bits of news. Greece has approved gay unions (193 in favor versus 56 against) despite the Orthodox church’s angry opposition. Keep in mind Greece is still a country where cremation is illegal because the church opposes it. Yes, I said illegal.

The other interesting thing is Spanish Hacienda (AEAT-the tax man) has finally published a list of five thousand people and companies who owe taxes of over a million euros each. Some of them are hugely successful and wealthy.

I really don’t get how it’s possible because in Spain the government can just go into your bank account and take money. In 2012 I logged into our bank account one morning and was shocked that €15,750 had disappeared because the government decided we owed them that in extra taxes. It turned out our accountant had made a mistake, but so had the tax authorities. In reality we owed them €3250, but they held onto the whole amount during the entire process which took a year to resolve. It seems they reserve those practices for going after regular people, because the list includes footballers, racing-car drivers and even judges who owe massive amounts of money and obviously haven’t had their accounts debited.

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22 comments on “UK growth revised downwards. Spanish stocks fall. Oil & gold at record lows.

  1. acflory
    December 23, 2015

    -sigh- You did say something about corruption… 😦

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  2. roughseasinthemed
    December 23, 2015

    Por eso, when Banco something or other started imposing charges without notification, we took our money out and didn’t bother opening another account.
    (We’d opened it to buy the finca)
    Spanish people we know tend to leave the minimum amount in to pay bills. I don’t think the utilities let you pay in cash any more. Sadly, we set our accounts up so long in the distant past that they can’t do anything about us.
    Hacking into bank accounts is deplorable. That should be illegal.
    I’m still waiting for a refund of the illegal wealth tax that we dutifully paid. Ha ha ha. In my dreams.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      December 23, 2015

      The entire system in Spain is designed to benefit the government and corporations. Did you know car insurance is renewed automatically unless you give them three months warning before the date of the end of the policy- in writing, by certified letter and with a copy of your passport… if you happened to change to another company without going through that process, you’ll be double charged and there’s nothing you can do. Cancelling a phone line is a nightmare. In the end I actually gave up on the process.

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      • roughseasinthemed
        December 23, 2015

        Don’t tell me about telefonica. I’m on whatever the evil list of non-payers is called for exactly the same reason. Apparently I didn’t have the right passport number needed to cancel the line …

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      • Mr. Merveilleux
        December 23, 2015

        HA! That was precisely my problem. They wanted a copy of the passport with which I opened the account with them in 1999. I’ve had two more passports since then, each one with its own new number. And on French passports even our address is printed on it, so they could see I was me, and I lived at the address of the phone line, but refused to cancel the line anyway.

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      • Helen Devries
        December 23, 2015

        Car – and any insurance was similar in France until recently…and the taxman can raid your bank account still, willy nilly.

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      • Mr. Merveilleux
        December 23, 2015

        Without warning? Oh no! In Spain they don’t even have to contact you and usually don’t. Instead they publish a notice in the BOE and that’s considered your warning. By not responding to it, because you don’t know it happened, they get a default judgement to take whatever they want. Just appalling.

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      • Helen Devries
        December 23, 2015

        No judgements required. One bill, one reminder and that’s your lot.

        They billed me for rates on a house that had been sold in the previous tax year…’lost’ my reply by registered post (another nice little trick they like to play)…..did not reply to my remonstrance on receipt of the reminder and snaffled the money from my account shortly afterwards.

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  3. Hariod Brawn
    December 23, 2015

    “A British Muslim family was not allowed to board an aeroplane to the US for reasons unknown.” – Disgraceful, and it was the U.S. Authorities that blocked their boarding, giving no reason to the British Authorities, or at least, not one to be made public.

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  4. john zande
    December 23, 2015

    Cremation is illegal here, too. Madness! To be cremated you need to register with the government, and pay $R13 per month until you die.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      December 23, 2015

      I had no idea. That’s just ridiculous.

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    • makagutu
      December 23, 2015

      What? That’s crazy!

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      • john zande
        December 23, 2015

        I know… and even more so because the graveyards are full. Literally, full. You’re put in the ground, or more commonly in a concrete draw in a wall, then three years later you’re removed (the space is needed, you see), your bones put in a box, and you’re slipped into another wall, with a plaque.

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      • Mr. Merveilleux
        December 23, 2015

        Have mausoleums gone out of fashion? 🙂

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      • john zande
        December 23, 2015

        In SP, unheard of, although there are some impressive family crypts.

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      • makagutu
        December 23, 2015

        Cremation would save them all such trouble. I am actually shocked at this

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      • john zande
        December 23, 2015

        I know. It makes no sense, until you realise the Catholic church has a monopoly on the burial business.

        This whole having to dig up your loved one after three years is horrendous.

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      • makagutu
        December 24, 2015

        That is an all new low even for them. They want to control all aspects of life even unto death!

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      • john zande
        December 24, 2015

        $$$$

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      • makagutu
        December 24, 2015

        That’s untold greed

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  5. makagutu
    December 23, 2015

    Maybe those are using mattress account. It is beyond any authority.
    How is cremation illegal? That would be a bad place to die

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