Since leaving the European Union, the UK is now considered a “third country”. As a result, it is now a legal requirement for all non-residents of Portugal who own property, hold a bank account or have a business there to appoint a tax representative. If you don’t, you could face fines of up to €7,500 – scary, right? But don’t panic – the deadline for finding a tax representative has been extended until 30 June 2022, thanks to Covid-19 disruption, so you still have plenty of time.
Portugal is a highly desirable location for permanent living and for retirement. But it’s not just about sunshine, great food and friendly people. The non-habitual residency scheme allows many people moving from overseas to pay a special low, flat tax rate on their Portuguese income – and no tax on foreign income, including pensions.
Portugal’s golden visa, or residency by investment, is a hugely successful scheme of Portuguese (and therefore EU) residency in return for investing in property or business. Successful applicants gain the right to live and work here, free movement around Europe’s Schengen zone, and the chance to apply for citizenship after 5 years. Here’s how.
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