The Investment Tax Code, created by Decree-Law n. 249/2009, approved on September 23rd, implemented a Personal Income tax system for the non-regular resident, with the purpose of attracting to Portugal non resident professionals qualified for activities with high added value intellectual or industrial propriety or knowhow, as well as beneficiaries of pension schemes granted abroad.

A citizen deemed non-regular resident has the right to be taxed according to the nonregular resident tax scheme during a period of 10 consecutive years, from the year of the registration as a resident on Portuguese territory, as long as continues to be deemed resident in each of the 10 years.

Net income of category A (employment) and B (self-employment) obtained from the high added value activities, of scientific, artistic or technical nature mentioned above, by non-regular residents on Portuguese territory are taxed at the special rate of 20%.

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