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Sip card and paying for medicine

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Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:25pm
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Tankerpaul

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 Can someone give advice please we are residents her in Spain up until last month never paid for prescription as the wife was a pensioner in her own right and I claimed mine through her,however now I am a pensioner in my own right I got my S1 from the uk took it to Social who gave me the paperwork to take to medical centre who too k my old SIP card (blue) and gave me anew one (red) when presented in the farmica now being told will have to pay % is this correct Look forward to your answers

Paolo51

Paolo51

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:35pm

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Location: Benferri

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Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:35pm

Hi

We have been here a couple of months and I claim UK State Pension and my wife is here as my dependent. We both recently got our residence and red SIP cards.

To answer your question as a pensioner It is normal to pay 10% of prescription charges, I did a lot of research into this before we left the UK as I need repeat prescriptions and if you have not paid for prescriptions up to now you have been lucky.

Sheila64

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:16pm

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Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:16pm

If you live in the Valencia region, are state pensioners, and have an annual income not exceeding 18,000 euros, then prescriptions are free. This rule started in January 2016. However, in order for the authorities to know what your income is, you must file a Spanich tax return.

We are both pensioners, and have lived here for 2 years. We filed our first tax returns this summer. I got our medicines for free for the first time last week.

Paolo51

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:30pm

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Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:30pm

We have not done a tax return yet so that could be good news for us in the future

Sheila64

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:00pm

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Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:00pm

Well, I expected to get free medicine pretty soon after the tax returns. When I asked the boss at the pharmacia why I was still paying he said that when the computer says it's free, it's free! He said that all the Spanish computer systems are linked, so you don't have to apply. It's just a case of wait and see, so it was a great surprise when they said that we don't have to pay anymore. By the way, I did ask an accountant and a solicitor but nobody was able to explain the system, some people haven't even heard that it can be free. Our SIP cards have never changed, as we applied for residency as soon as we moved in, and waited a couple of months for the cards.

jimtaylor

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Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:21am

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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:21am

Blue is the old style SIP which contains limited information. Red is the new style which contains much more information, and can be used throughout Spain. The colour isn't age related.

The prescription print has a bar code required by the chemist - the rest of the data on it is for your information.

You'll never get free prescriptions until you've filed a tax return, which you are legally required to do for your first year of tax residence, even if no tax is due.

jimtaylor

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Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:04pm

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Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:04pm

You should have done a tax return for your first year of residence, but you'll now have to wait until next April-June to file one for 2017.

Tankerpaul

Tankerpaul

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Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:03pm

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Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:03pm

Hi all just been informed that you pay 10% if your income is over 18000euros even if a pensioner but you do need to file a tax return every year around April May

jimtaylor

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Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:06pm

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Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:06pm

If no tax is due, or the amount is small, then there shouldn't be a problem.

If, however, there's a fair bit of tax due, there's nothing to stop them checking when you got residencia, and wondering what your income has been in the years since that date. They can also check on the Inland Revenue database to see what your income has been.

If you should have been paying tax, then ignorance is no excuse. They can go back four years on tax not paid, charge interest, and impose punitive penalties.

If you've once filed a tax return showing no tax is due, then you don't need to file another one until your income is such that you have to pay tax. The entitlement to free prescriptions isn't subject to having filed a tax return for the previous year.

Kavanagh

Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:37pm

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Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:37pm

Jim

''The entitlement to free prescriptions isn't subject to having filed a tax return for the previous year.''

Now you have me totally confused. I am in Alicante area and only receive UK state pension. I will get my new SIP card shortly (now 65 new S1) what do I have to do to get free prescriptions. Never filed a tax return, but will in April.

I am at the hospital more than the doctors, blood disorder, stomach problems, now dickie ticker. Pharmacy best customer.

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