According to a firm of Spanish lawyers many thousands of Brits who sold a Spanish property, before last year, could be entitled to a large Capital Gains Tax refund.

Property owners who were non resident were charged a much higher rate of Capital Gains Tax than Spanish nationals.

The higher tax band contravened EU law, according to The European Commission ruling. Spain has been forced to back down and amend the tax laws so that everyone is treated equally.

Sellers of property before the law was amended paid 35% Capital Gains rather than the normal 15%.

HiFX, currency specialists, estimate that those affected would be entitled to an average of £8,300. However, with interest added, from when the tax was paid, that sum could be in the region of £11,000.