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The Non-Habitual Resident program is a special tax regime to attract foreign citizens to Portugal. These individuals move to Portugal after receiving an employment offer, relocating with a foreign company, and enjoy a lower flat tax rate than Portuguese nationals.

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How can a lawyer help me?

A lawyer can help you determine what documents are required and whether you meet the necessary requirements in order to apply for this special regime.

Lawyers can also assist you in correctly responding to these requests for extra information or justifications for certain documents, as the tax authority often sends letters requesting this information. 

Having experts in the field can help avoid penalties for non-compliance with this system’s requirements.

The main way to obtain this special tax status is to file an online application with the Portuguese tax authorities, known as the Portal das Finanças. This must be completed before the person becomes a tax resident, which is usually by March 31st during the year after you move.

 

To qualify for the Non-Habitual Resident program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must qualify as a Portuguese tax resident 
  • You must file an application form
  • You cannot have been a Portuguese tax resident in the previous five years

A person becomes a Portuguese tax resident after spending more than 183 days in the country during a 12-month period or tax year.

If you are there for a shorter period of time and have a home in the country, you can also become a Portuguese tax resident.

If you have NHR status, then your foreign-earned income is tax-exempt in Portugal for ten years. It also means that your foreign income isn’t subject to double taxation. This covers income from royalties, financial assets, real estate and capital gains. 

All employment income in Portugal is taxed at a flat rate of 20%. This includes income from self-employed work, however, it is taxed progressively at a lower rate if the income doesn’t hit the threshold of 20%.

This is much lower than the 48% progressive tax rate that some in Portugal pay. It also allows the holder to travel throughout Europe’s Schengen area and be exempt from wealth taxes or inheritance tax.

1. Prove residency

Firstly, you must establish that you have a legal right to live in Portugal. 

It is possible for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens to register without a visa. They may register for residency at their region’s city hall, but they don’t have to prove it. They must present their passport and EHIC Card, but they don’t have to provide their current address. 

To live in Portugal, non-EU citizens must first receive a residence permit. The permit may be obtained in a number of ways, but the two most frequent ones are the Golden Visa or Passive Income programs.

You can apply either through the “SEF” site or at a Portuguese embassy in their country.

2. Get a Portuguese tax ID number

In order to perform any business or official or legal activities in Portugal, you must obtain a NIF number, which is a nine-digit tax identity number. Non-residents can obtain a resident’s non-resident tax number through their lawyer in Portugal. In Portugal, residents can obtain it directly at the local tax offices, or Finanças.

You can do this with an ID card or passport and your proof of residency.

3. Register as a Portuguese tax resident

You should register with the Finanças as a tax resident once getting you NIF

4. Apply for Non-Habitual Resident Program

You must have a NIF number, an email address, a phone number, and a fiscal address to register. With these, you can register with the government’s website and you’ll receive a password in the mail in about two weeks. 

With this password, you can log into the platform and complete the online application form. This step also requires you to provide the following information:

  • Five years of tax returns

  • A property deed or rental agreement in Portugal

  • Proof that you were not a Portuguese tax resident in the previous five years

If you working in Portugal, you may qualify for high-value activity and your Portuguese income may be taxed at just 20% as well. The following table shows some of the professionals that Portugal’s immigration officials consider to be of high value.

Specialized, commercial and administrative Managers

Medical and dental professionals

Journalists, linguists and performance artists

University lecturers and higher education teachers

IT professionals

Industrial and construction workers

Scientists, engineers and mathematicians 

Executives

Agricultural workers

If you are employed as one of the above in Portugal, you will be taxed at a flat rate of 20%. This also applies to self-employed workers.

Real estate income is taxed 28%, while capital gains are taxed at the normal 50% progressive tax rate. 

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AutĂłnomo Registration (Tax)

Self-employed tax registration in Portugal allows individuals to access a range of benefits such as social security, tax deductions, and access to funding and grants.

Registration at Social Security

Registering for social security in Portugal provides individuals and businesses with a safety net of healthcare, pensions, and other social benefits, while also ensuring compliance with Portuguese labor laws.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most beneficial time to file your application is before March 31st in the year before you become a tax resident

The program lasts for ten years. 

Yes. You must be in the country for at least 183 days a year but it doesn’t have to be consecutive days.

Portugal has double taxation treaties with around 80 countries worldwide. This includes most European Union countries as well as European countries. It also includes the US and large parts of South America. Parts of the Middle East, like the UAE and Oman, as well as Africa, are also part of this treaty. 

If your income comes from a so-called tax haven it is effectively blacklisted and then taxed at a rate between 28% and 35%. This includes royalties, financial assets, real estate income and capital gains from property and share selling.

Our work is to make clients happy

We are a department formed by qualified legal experts who have been trained in the field of immigration law. We work on these requests every day and it’s our passion. For us, Lexidy is a way of life and what excites us the most is to be able to deliver the happiness and satisfaction of a successful immigration process. We want to help you achieve your goals and dreams.

Joana Mello
Head of Tax Department

Joana Mello

Rodrigo GusmĂŁo
Tax Specialist

Rodrigo GusmĂŁo

Head of Tax Department

Joana Mello

Joana is originally from Rio de Janeiro, but has been living in Lisbon for the last 7 years where she completed a Masters Degree in Tax Law, at Universidade CatĂłlica Portuguesa. She is specialized in international tax law, focusing on expat management. She loves assisting people who come to Portugal to facilitate their tax matters. Joana has worked at three recognized law firms in Lisbon. Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Tax Specialist

Rodrigo GusmĂŁo

Rodrigo is a global citizen with work experience in Brazil, the UK, Germany, and Portugal. He is passionate about global mobility and enjoys assisting his clients in the ever-present tax challenges of relocating to a new country. Before joining the Lexidy team, Rodrigo worked with different Big Four firms around the world. He speaks English, German, Portuguese and French.

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