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Foreign driving licenses Upon obtaining Portuguese residency you are given 60 days to legalise your driving licence with the Portuguese authorities. This can take the form... Read more
Issuing of electronic rental receipts takes off   The fight against illegal rentals and tax evasion has led to a significant increase in the registration of lease contracts. In April alone,... Read more
Tax authorities to cross utility bills to catch undeclared rental income Utility providers for electricity, water, gas and telephone are now required to identify customer contracts as well as the Property owners’... Read more
Electronic Rent Receipts     As of 01 November, Electronic Rent Receipts became mandatory for landlords who, in 2014, under 65 years of age or with long-term... Read more
Applications for Portuguese Nationality on the rise SEF reported that they received 32,349 applications for Portuguese nationality in 2014. This is an increase of 7.4% compared with 2013. Of these,... Read more
IMT will not be abolished in 2016 The IMT (Municipal Property Transfer Tax) will continue through 2016. The gradual wind down is now only scheduled to begin in 2017. For municipal... Read more
EU approves repeal of Savings Directive   The European Council has repealed the Directive on the Taxation of Savings. The previous policy permitted bank interest to be taxed in the... Read more
IMI statistics Of the 8.12 million urban properties, only 1.14 million (14%) are granted exemption from council tax (“IMI”). This was a drop of 16% from the... Read more
IRS statistics Since 2013, the effective IRS tax rate has increased from 10.1% to 12.9%, an increase of almost 22%. Statistics published by Finanças show that 10%... Read more
European bank transfers to replace NIB in 2016 As of 01 February 2016, European bank transfers will replace the Bank Account Identification Number, “NIB”, with the “IBAN” (International Bank... Read more
IRS in 2016: Joint or separate returns? In 2016, couples can settle their accounts with the tax authorities separately or in a joint declaration. This second option, mandatory until now,... Read more
Late payment interest rates lowered in 2016 The Government lowered punitive interest rates for taxes in arrears applicable to debts to the public sector for the fifth consecutive year,... Read more
Tax Authorities to have access to taxpayers’ bank accounts Portugal is studying the implementation of the EU directive that will require banks to inform tax authorities about bank accounts of residents and... Read more
Tax Havens still thrive The money in tax havens continues to increase and now exceeds the sum of the gross domestic products of the United Kingdom and Germany combined.... Read more
VAT IN RESTAURANTS TO LOWER TO 13% The “Jornal de Notícias” reported the Government’s intention to lower VAT rates in Restaurants to 13%. The current rate is 23%. The measure... Read more
IRS 2015: declaring deductible expenses A new decree law has been published (08/02/2015) allowing the possibility to report deductible IRS expenses as in the past. These include outlays... Read more
specific “IRS” debts payable in instalments The 2016 Budget permits “IRS” debts under €5,000 to be paid in instalments without collateral, doubling the previous limit. The number of... Read more
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