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Bank transfers to be immediate and free in EuropeBeginning 21 November 2017, it will be possible to carry out a money transfer between European destinations without incurring charges in just 10 seconds. Initially, only nine countries will benefit...Read more
AIMI yielded less than half of anticipated revenueIntroduced in 2017, the Additional Municipal Property Tax (AIMI) produced less than 40% of the expected tax receipts as forecasted by the Ministry of Finance. Instead of the €130,000,000 as...Read more
Creation of a “Start-up Visa”At the opening of the 2017 Web Summit in Lisbon, the Minister of the Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, announced plans to create a residence visa for young entrepreneurs. The initiative...Read more
NHR proves to be positiveDespite millions in tax concessions, the overall impact on tax revenues from Non-Habitual Residents has proven to be propitious for Portugal, due to total taxable income generated, such as capital...Read more
Quicker IRS refunds in 2018The Ministry of Finance is committed to reimbursing taxpayers within 21 to 23 days on average, a target that may be even shorter for taxpayers who opt for automatic filing...Read more
NHR a victim of its own successAttacks from around the EU are challenging the Non-Habitual Residency Programme. The achievements of NHR are reflected in the numbers: between 2009 and 2012, the annual average was just one...Read more
IRS automatic filing in 2018 for families with childrenThe Tax Authority (“AT”) is working to automate IRS filing for taxpayers with dependent children as early as 2018. Last year, automatic IRS filing only benefited taxpayers without dependents. According...Read more
The EU Blacklist and “Tax Haven USA”Beyond an unequivocal stance on climate change, the recent G20 summit also devoted significant attention to the issue of “tax transparency”. The US is currently the only major financial centre...Read more
Potential minimum tax on pensions under NHRGovernment is studying a basic levy to Non-Habitual Resident pensions with possible introduction in the 2018 State Budget. According to the Jornal de Negócios, the step under consideration is applying...Read more

In July, Portugal issued 98 Golden Visas, of which 96 were for real estate purchase and two meeting the capital transfer requirement. Since the creation of the programme, SEF (Immigration and Borders Service) has recorded 5,243 Golden Visa allocations: two in 2012, 494 in 2013, 1,526 in 2014, 766 in 2015, 1,414 in 2016 and 1,041 so far this year. China leads the list with 3,472 until July, followed by Brazil (432), South Africa (201), Russia (179) and Lebanon (103).