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Channel Islands and Isle of Man progress to the EU White ListThe transition of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man off of the EU “grey” list follows legislative changes that strengthen tax transparency in these Crown Dependencies. The actions include...Read more
Madeira Free-Trade Zone under scrutinyThe European Commission has expressed "serious doubts" that the tax exemptions conceded in the Madeira offshore zone apply to profits generated within the region and that the support results in...Read more
Update - New “visa” for US nationals visiting EU to start in 2021The EU Commission announced that American travellers will need a new type of “travel authorisation” – a European Travel Information and Authorization System or ETIAS – to visit the European...Read more
NHR and taxation of foreign incomeThe guidelines of the Doctrine Declaration (“Ficha Doutrinária”) dated 04 December 2017 clarify tax liabilities based on nº 5 of article 81º of the IRS Code. Assessment of income from...Read more
European Financial PoliceA special committee of the European Parliament urges the creation of a European Police Force and a European Regulator dedicated to money laundering. The proposals of the Special Committee on...Read more
Tourists spend on average of €161 per day in LisbonTourism brought nearly €14 billion to Lisbon in 2017, approximately 20% of the region's total wealth. The sector is responsible for 182,000 jobs, as estimated in a report from Deloitte...Read more
Only 2% of Golden Visa applications rejected in over 6 yearsSince inception, more than 19,000 new “golden” residents have been approved for Golden Visas in Portugal. Only 387 (2 out of every 100 applications) were turned down despite warnings from...Read more
EU rejects “flawed” blacklistEuropean Union member states unanimously rejected a proposal to include Saudi Arabia and four US territories among countries blacklisted for lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering. As reported...Read more
Algarve and Lisbon with highest EU job growth in 2017The Algarve and the Lisbon Metropolitan Area were among the regions with the most significant increase in employment in the EU in 2017. Eurostat recently released data confirming that 253...Read more

While the European Commission (EC) defends the end of "Golden Visas", Portugal contends that the programme will go on. In recent years, the scheme has served as a gateway for millions of euros into the national real estate market in exchange for permanent residency visas for high net worth foreign investors. In light of the controversy, the government has announced plans to alter legislation to improve transparency as called for by the European Parliament.