The proper planning and structuring of an individual’s wealth and assets, both active investment income, employee remuneration and long term capital appreciation assets, can mitigate significantly the exposure to both Portuguese and ‘nation of origin’ taxation.
It is essential however this planning is executed before residence or the right of residence is granted in Portugal.
The starting point to determine what a potential exposure to taxation in Portugal lies with the consideration of whether a person is ‘resident’ in Portugal.
If you are ‘resident’ in Portugal you will be taxed on your worldwide income. If you are non-resident in Portugal you will liable to
Portuguese tax on your Portuguese sourced income. There are a number of triggers that determine whether an individual will be deemed to be ‘resident’ in Portugal. The most frequent triggers for residence will be if an individual is physical present in Portugal for 183 days or more in a calendar year, or if an individual has a house in Portugal which is deemed the ‘habitual ‘ residence.
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