Non-Habitual Resident

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The Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) tax regime is one of Europe's most competitive tax scheme, inspired by regimes in countries such as the UK (Non-dom law),  Spain (Beckham Law), Cyprus, Malta and others.


It is in place since 2010 and is designed to attract foreign investment by exonerating from taxation for a period of 10 years most foreign-source income, applicable to pension income, dividends, interests, royalties and real estate income of foreign origin.


Income derived from high value-added professional activities are taxed at a flat 20% rate.


It is recognised by successive governments as an instrument contributing to Portuguese prosperity by attracting foreign investment.


The plan applies for free for a period of 10 years.

Key benefits


  • No requirement to move to Portugal as there is no minimum stay in the country for a Portugal-registered tax resident;

  • No Wealth or Heritage Tax;

  • Full tax exemption on passive income in both country of residence and country of source of the income;

  • Pensions are taxed at 10%;

  • Employment income from “high value-added activities” is taxed at 20%;

  • No requirement to be working or have a professional activity in Portugal to qualify;

  • No investment required to qualify.

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Who can apply?

It is open to anyone with the automatic right to live in Portugal (EU/EEA/Swiss citizens, and holders of a residence permit, such as the Golden Visa or D7 Visa) and who has not been a tax-resident of Portugal for the five years preceding the application.


This regime also applies to pensioners and professionals considered as “high value-added activities”, such as researchers, academics, medical doctors, investors, directors, corporate managers, and more.


It should be noted that an unregistered individual will be deemed a tax resident under the law if s/he stays more than 183 in Portugal over a 12-month period.


The recognition of the NHR permit is no automatic and is granted for a period of 10 years following the successful application to the Portuguese tax authorities.

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