Tax identification number

On this page you will find information about the Tax Identification Number – NIF – in Portugal and changes to your tax registration. This number will be your identification for tax purposes in Portugal. To live in Portugal or to perform any legal act (rent or buy a property, open a bank account, etc.) you must obtain a NIF. This NIF will remain unchanged even if, at a later date, you change your tax registration to resident or non-resident for tax purposes.

Obtaining the NIF should be your first step, before fixing your residence or stay in Portugal.

After sending all the necessary documents, the NIF will be obtained within a maximum of 3 working days.

To request the NIF or to make any change to the tax registration (change to tax resident or non-resident), the following documents will be required:

– Identification document (citizen card or passport);

– Proof of address (public deed, rental contract, utility bill such as electricity, water or gas);

– Power of Attorney granting us powers to represent you before the Tax Authority.

There is no charge for applying for a NIF, with the exception of our fees.

No, the whole process will be carried out directly by us. You just have to send us the necessary documents by email or by WhatsApp.

To obtain your NIF you must register as either tax resident or non-tax resident, depending on whether you live in Portugal or not. However, it is common to register as a non-tax resident in a first moment, since, to register as a tax resident, you need a proof of address and, normally, it is not possible to rent a property in Portugal without indicating the NIF.

In that sense, if you want to obtain a NIF in Portugal, in order to reside here, the common procedure is, normally, the following: (1) obtain the NIF and register as a non-tax resident in Portugal; (2) enter into a rental contract or acquire a property in Portugal; and (3) change the registration to tax resident in Portugal.

The NIF remains the same if you change your residence status.

Changes in the tax registration must be made within 60 days after the change of status is verified (for example, if you are considered non-tax resident in Portugal as of March 1, 2021, you have until April 30, 2021 to register as non-resident in the Tax Authority system).

If you wish to retroact the effects of your registration, as tax resident or non-resident in Portugal, to an earlier date, you will need to submit a special request, by filling in a special form for that purpose.

If you register as a non-resident for tax purposes in Portugal and indicate as your fiscal domicile an address in a country that does not belong to the European Union or the European Economic Area you must appoint a fiscal representative. For more information please consult here.

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