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Tax dispute resolution to follow EU directiveSettling cross-border tax conflicts within the European Union will follow new guidelines that entered into legislation as of 01 July as announced by the EU Commission. According to a recent ...Read more
EU triples tax haven blacklistThe EU has broadened its blacklist of tax havens, adding 10 new jurisdictions; Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu and Dominica. They...Read more
Non-habitual residents register 26% increase in 6 monthsDespite an inauspicious start in 2009, the “NHR” programme has gained relevance, attracting thousands EU “tax refugees” to Portugal. Since 2014, new applicants have increased by 1400%. Between September of...Read more
Upcoming rule changes to raise IMI in 2020The “AT” (Tax Authority) has revealed plans to review the Location Coefficient (“CL”) of immovable properties by the end of August. The new localisation factor will be approved by the...Read more
Portugal collects €167 million from Golden Visa feesOver the past seven years, the state has brought in more than 167 million Euros with the issuance and renewal of Golden Visas. The fees charged by “SEF” (“Serviço de...Read more
One in four property owners pays “IMI” values below €100 in PortugalThere are almost 4 million demands for Municipal Tax on Real Estate (“IMI”) being issued this year. Nearly one million property rates fall below €100. This annual tax is levied...Read more
Only 10% of companies have registered their beneficial ownersWith the deadline rapidly approaching, only one-in-ten Portuguese companies have reported their beneficial owners. Late reporting incurs a charge of €35. Fines for non-compliance can range between €1,000 and €50,000...Read more
French “Great Debate” website attacks Portuguese “NHR”Opinions and proposals, shared on the "Great Debate" website (https://granddebat.fr/) – an initiative by French President Emmanuel Macron to respond to the protests of the “yellow vests” – refer to...Read more
Minimum long-term rental contract to be one year New legislation stipulates that the minimum period for long-term rental agreements is one year and renewable for three years. According to the decree, “SIMA” (“Serviço de Injunção em Matéria de...Read more

Since joining the European Union, Portugal has benefitted from extensive economic support. According to the Bank of Portugal, Portugal has received a total of €130 billion since 1986 or ±2.5% of GDP per annum. Portugal ranks amongst the highest among countries with EU subsidy allocations. Nevertheless, the movement of money is reciprocal. Portugal also sends funds to Europe: customs duties, agricultural charges, VAT and others. Between 1996-2018, annual transfers have been relatively constant at ±1% of GDP.