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Fines for unauthorised Local Lodging The penalty for letting furnished accommodations to tourists without a license (registration with your local Council) is as follows: for... Read more
Tax Inspectors investigate Owners with more than a house Finanças is closing in on real estate scrutinies. Inspectors are contacting directly those who have homes to rent.  By cross-checking data... Read more
Web sites promoting unauthorised holiday lets are also subject to fines According to the “Jornal de Negócios”, aside from "supply and availability", also the "advertising and brokering" of illegal accommodations is... Read more
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
Capital Improvements valid for 12 years Beginning in 2015, documented capital improvements made in the 12 years prior to sale of real estate can be used to offset immoveable capital... Read more
Crackdown on undeclared rental income   Under a plan to clamp down on illegal renting, water, electricity and gas companies will be required to report to Finanças consumption by... Read more
Partial Fiscal Residence Until now, Portuguese legislation did not contemplate the possibility of a split tax year. Starting in 2015, residence status is defined from day... Read more
Long Term Rent – tax benefits While housing tax breaks for mortgage interest have been gradually disappearing in recent years, credits for tenant-declared rent remain... 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
Update in Local Lodging Legislation   Decree-Law nº63/2015 of 23 April clarifies certain details in the application process.The new legislation defines the documentation... 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
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, 40,342... 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
Golden Visas suspended A “hole” in the law that leaves unregulated key aspects of issuing “Golden Visas” has led to the suspension of the programme, retroactive to 01... Read more
Golden Visa applications piling up Golden Visa approvals fell by half through the end of June. However, requests still come at the same rate, creating a growing backlog. The current... 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
Portugal suffers severe population decline There are only four countries in the world with greater population loss than Portugal in 2014 in relative terms. Low fertility, an aging population... Read more
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