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tax benefits 

The Non Habitual Residence program and the Golden Visa Permit were two incentives created in 2010 and 2012 respectively, stimulating foreign investment in Portugal.

Golden Visa / NHR

Since the introduction of Golden Visa in October 2012, the government have granted 10.254 Golden Visa Permits of which just 9585 has been through acquiring real estate. The permit allows foreign nationals outside the EU to reside in Portugal and circulate within the Schengen countries without a visa for short periods of time in exchange for some options.

As for the non-habitual resident regime, it is a giant leap forward in attracting individuals in receipt of pension income into a very favourable low tax jurisdiction, for those who can benefit from the double tax treaty. Individuals who declare their foreign income in Portugal can also take advantage from the preferential regime such as business and professional income, interest, and dividends. Reformed in 2012, some 30.000 individuals have so far been granted the status of non-habitual resident.

Golden Visa Program

Conditions and statistics on residency permits for non-Europeans. 

Non-Habitual Residency (NHR)

A detailed outline on the tax incentives for the non-habitual resident.