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Tax in Portugal: The basics
The Portuguese tax year follows the calendar year and ends on the December 31st.
If you are moving to Portugal you are required to register as a tax payer before you embark on any paid activity in Portugal. You need to complete a registration form called the “fiche de inscricao” and then submit it via your local tax office.
Portuguese tax residents, including expats, are required to submit an annual income tax return early in the following year. The deadline for the Portuguese income tax annual return depends on the type of income you receive.
If you receive an income as an employee, the tax return deadline is March 15th in the year following the tax return.
The tax return for income received from any other sources is required to be submitted by April 30th the following year.
Am I a Portuguese tax resident?
At a basic level, the rules for becoming a Portuguese tax resident are relatively straight forward.
The simplest approach is that if you are in Portugal for 183 or more days in a single calendar year, you will typically be classed as a Portuguese tax resident. However a number of other factors may also see you deemed as a tax resident including:
Portuguese Income Tax
If you are classed as a tax resident, your worldwide income is subject to Portuguese income tax. This income could include salary, rental income and capital gains.
Portugal has various tax treaties with other countries, including a tax treaty with the UK, which ensures that you should not have to pay tax more than once on any income in multiple jurisdictions.
If you are a non-
Portuguese tax for non-
In an effort to attract leading talent and also high net worth individuals, the Portuguese tax system has a favourable tax system for non-
Aside from the flat rate 20% income tax, there is a reduced or deferred tax rate on dividends or other income from investments – and in some cases the income may be exempt from tax.
There is also no inheritance tax, gift tax or wealth tax in Portugal for non-
For people with pensions there is beneficial tax treatment for income received from pensions and other life insurance products.
To qualify for the non-
If you'd like to know more about this, read our detailed guide to Portugal's Non-
Portuguese tax penalties
Failing to correctly submit your Portuguese tax return and payment on time can be costly. Penalties for late filing start at €200, but can rise to €2,500. Late payment penalties can range from 10% of the amount owed, to double the total amount – but is capped to €55,000. Any penalties may also attract interest.
However, fines and penalties depend entirely on your personal circumstances.
Portuguese inheritance tax
Inheritance tax in Portugal is incredibly favourable. Not only does it only apply to Portuguese assets, it’s also only 10% while passing your estate to a spouse or your children will mean your estate is exempt from inheritance tax.
It is important to remember that if you keep your UK domicile you will still be liable for UK inheritance tax on your worldwide estate.
Request free advice before making a decision
While it may sound relatively straight forward, the Portuguese tax system is complex and to be able to take advantage of the favourable tax opportunities requires careful planning.
Therefore, before making any decisions you should always seek professional advice from a qualified tax adviser with extensive knowledge of the Portuguese tax rules.
Enter your details using the form to request a free consultation with a tax adviser in Portugal who will be British and be able to assist with any tax affairs before you move and when you relocate to ensure you keep your tax bill to a minimum.
Tax Laws for Expats living in Portugal.
Find out what the tax laws in Portugal mean to you as Expats.
The Portuguese tax system is one of the more generous in Europe and quickly becoming a popular destination for expats from the UK and other countries.