Portuguese Tax for Expats in Portugal

Portuguese tax for expats- The Portuguese tax regime for non-Portuguese residents, including many Brits that have sought to apply for Non-Habitual Residency (NHR) in Portugal as a result of Brexit, is very attractive. Watch the video about taking advice in the EU.

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The NHR regime, for the first 10 years, allows most foreign income to be disregarded and there is a generous ‘flat tax’ income tax rate for certain professions- in order to attract higher net worth and skilled workers.

A recent Budget has not altered rates and Portuguese tax for expats and, despite Brexit, it remains attractive compared to other EU countries for British expats seeking an EU destination to live in (and it is a beautiful country).

Portuguese Tax for Expats- Settling in Portugal

There are generous provisions for Inheritance Tax relating to Portuguese property, though specialist legal advice should be sought or rules of intestacy may result in some members of immediate family inheriting against the deceased’s wishes.

For many couples, wealth tax on property can be avoided if the value of the property is under 1.2million EUROS.

Portuguese Tax for Expats- UK pensions

While non-Portuguese pensions (excepting Civil Service pensions in the UK) are not taxed under the NHR regime, there could always be issues with the UK Lifetime Allowance and planning to avoid or minimise the effects of this will still be important.

Post-Brexit for Portugal, what else should British expats consider?

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The regime of Portuguese tax for expats is generous, particularly for those with decent UK pension income and the NHR will no doubt save tax and perhaps help bridge the period of early retirement to when the State Pension becomes payable later- possibly when the initial 10 years is over.


Article Date 23rd March 2021

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