The whole world is praising Portugal for its fantastic weather, delicious seafood, beautiful country and super friendly people – the main reasons why we decided to settle in Lisbon.
But these things have been here forever. So why people from all over whole world rushing to Portugal now?
There are two reasons for that: Portugal has One of the best and most attractive real estate markets in the world. And for many people one of the lowest tax regime in Europe where foreigners with status as Non Habitual Residents – or NHR status – only pay 20% income tax the first 10 years they live here.
We soon found out about the tax benefits – all foreigners talks about it.
But since we don’t get an income until we open our hotel in May, we hadn’t done anything about that but focused on arranging our daily life with social security, permanent residence status, bank accounts, health insurance and stuff like that.
Now that we get closer to our opening in May we started looking into how to get the NHR status and asked around – our accountant and foreigners who already have NHR status. The answer was the same. As investors in the tourism industry everybody told us we were qualified. The cost to get an accountant to help you varied from 150 € to 1,500 € per person depending on who you asked.
But what nobody told us was how easy it is to register yourself.
It took us less than 5 minutes with Google and another 15 minutes on Portal Das Financas to register. All we needed was our NIF number and a password to Portal das Finanças.
We know that there are people who only wants to live here because of the low tax and may be in the grey zone regarding qualification to the NHR regime. They might need consultancy and legal advice to bend the rules.
But for people like us who are seriously starting-up a company and who already have permanent address, NIF numbers and all the other things residents need, there are absolutely no reason to pay 1 € to accountants, lawyers or other consultants to apply for NHR Status.
Why nobody tells us serious start-uppers about how easy it is really strange.
Any way – it’s not rocket science. If we can do it, so can most others. Just follow the rules and directions which you can find online – or check the English Manual below.
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