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Portugal Self-employed Solution

Portugal Self-employed Solution
Capital Lisbon
Population About 10.6 million
Language Portuguese
Time Zone GMT +1 (Summer Time GMT +2)
Currency 1 Euro (EUR) = 100 cents

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No Entry Visa for EU/EFTA nationals.

Registration Certificate (Autorização de Residência) required for EU/EFTA nationals intending to stay more than six months.

Click here for latest IATA travel requirements for Portugal.

No Work Permit for EU/EFTA nationals.

Obligatory registrations:

Tax: tax number (Número de Indentificação Fiscal – NIF) issued by the tax office (Finanças). A temporary fiscal number will be given until the permanent card (Cartão de Contribueinte) is issued.
Social security: social security card (Cartão de Segurança Social) issued by the Social Security Institute.
As sole trader/self-employed person (Trabalhador Por Conta Própria)

Non Residents working in Portugal for less than 183 days in any financial year are liable only for their Portuguese income.

Residents working in the country for 183 days or more are liable for their income worldwide.

Tax Rates

Portuguese tax contributions include:

  1. Income tax: progressive up to 48% for income above EUR 80,000.
  2. Extraordinary tax: 3.5% on all income abobve EUR 6,790.
  3. Solidary Tax: 2.5% on incomes between EUR 80,000 and 250,000, and 5% above EUR 250,000.

Sole traders/self-employed are exempted from social security contributions in the first year of business. From the second year, the contributions are 29.6% on a base determined by the social security authorities and calculated as 70% of the previous year’s income.


The income retention depends amongst others on the duration of the assignment, contract rate, marital status and taxation and social security agreements between Portugal and the foreign national’s country.

Please contact Access Financial for more information.

Tel: CH +41 22 365 4620 | UK +44 7017 3110 | CYP +357 25 820 640


Access Services

Consultancy Agreement with an Access Financial group company to work for the Portuguese end client.
Local tax, social security and business registrations.
Provision of local Portuguese accountant to ensure:
  • application of local allowable deductions and credits;
  • VAT registration and management;
  • management of any due work-related contributions.
Contract-end and Year-end returns; and
Optional provision of additional insurances and policies to comply with additional statutory or voluntary work-related requirements.
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