Between 2009 and 2018 when he semi-retired, Graham Shelton of Spanish Number Plates wrote a fortnightly column for the Costa News Group which covers most of the towns and cities of the Mediterranean coastline. Many of these are included in this section of posts having been updated in April 2020. Some cannot be included now because the rules and regulations are constantly changing.

Although this information is correct as of this date, if you are unsure about what has been said, especially if this contradicts other information that you have been given, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

The ones in the “archived files” section are old and out of date, but are shown for historical reasons.


The envelope looked very formal. The cover stated that it was from the Department of Employment. Ah, a refund, perhaps I’ve paid too much tax? Ever the optimist, the letter was a bit of a bombshell. I owed quite a few euros in contributions and had better pay by the end of the month, so […]

The taxman cometh

Taxes keep the country functioning by all of us making a contribution to the national pot in order to provide the services and protection we need. Yeah right, but who enjoys paying them? It is the obligation of all of us to pay taxes, but never too much of course! I am no economist, in […]

Road tax

Many of you will have received that lovely letter that you get at this time of the year advising that the road tax is due on your vehicle. For most of us it is no big deal as generally the bills are significantly lower than in the UK. I have to admit that during the […]

Taxation of vehicles

If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation. Rush Limbaugh Taxation is an inevitable consequence of living, with motorists always being an easy target as with fines for minor infractions of the law. So, what taxes do we have to pay and how can we minimise […]

Vehicle Taxation

“The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing” Jean-Baptiste Colbert c.1665 Whilst no one particularly likes paying taxes, I guess we understand that they are necessary for the common good; one of the reasons why abuses of the […]

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