If I move from the UK to Spain and become a resident of Spain (and pay tax in Spain) do I need to close my account with FreeTrade?
Is there a way to transfer a stock from FreeTrade to an equivalent trading app in Spain, without first selling it and incurring capital gains?
Please correct me if I’m wrong but it seems that I’d pay an additional on the overall trade 7% tax if I do this.
Here’s my working:
To make it simple I expect a 10x overall and that it’s at 5x now (so 2x to go) and a 20% capital gains rate.
Initial investment: £100
Current value: £500
After sale £400 is taxable so -£80 leaving £420 to transfer to the other trading app.
If all goes to plan then this new investment will x2 to a value of £840.
When I sell this £420 will be taxable so - £84 leaving £756
With this approach I’d pay 27% tax overall on the profit from this trade.
If however if I’d been able to stay at FreeTrade and sold at the end I’d only pay 20% tax.
Any feedback appreciated.
It seems FreeTrade and other brokers use something calledhttps://freetrade.io/transferring-to-other-providers the ‘Automate Customer Account Transfer Service (ACATS)’.
Some more info here: Transferring to other providers | Freetrade
Notably “If you want to transfer to another provider, you shouldn’t need to contact us. Your new provider will likely get in touch with us on your behalf.”
Note: I like FreeTrade as an app. When it finally gets registered in Spain i’ll probably use it again.
edit 2: 17/11/23
Not so easy:
- If you tell FreeTrade that you’re in the process of moving (to a country they are no active in) and ask for advice - you get given one month to withdraw all of your funds and close your account.
- According to the link i provided above stock transfers can take up to six weeks.
- The person advising me at tastytrade - a broker registered with the “Automate Customer Account Transfer Service (ACAT)”, FreeTrade is not registered with ‘ACAT’.