Portuguese NIF

Looking to purchase a property in Portugal? You need a Portuguese NIF (Número de Identificação Fiscal)your personal tax number. This number is also needed on many other occasions like opening a bank account. We recommend our customers get the NIF when searching for a property. The application for the NIF has no tax consequences, so you do not automatically become taxable in Portugal unless you provide a Portuguese address when registering.

How to get a NIF, Portuguese Tax Number

If you don’t possess a Portuguese or EU/EAA address when applying, then you will need a “Representante Fiscal” – a Tax Representative with a Portuguese address willing to vouch for you. The process is still relatively easy, however. You/your Tax Representative just need to visit a tax office anywhere in Portugal (Serviços de Finanças) or ask for the NIF online at the e-balcãoYou will get it on the spot. It is valid for a lifetime. 

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What documents are needed to get the Portuguese NIF

  • A valid passport / ID card;
  • Proof of your address. If it is already on your ID card, this will be enough. Otherwise, it is possible to show a bill that shows your address.

If you’re a non-EU citizen and not yet have a residence in Portugal, then you can use our services to get a NIF through a so-called “Representante Fiscal” (a second party, resident in Portugal, with a valid NIF – can be a person or company).

Costs for the NIF in Portugal

You will receive the NIF immediately at the Tax Office (Serviços de Finanças), for free. If you apply for it through your home country’s Portuguese consulate, the costs could differ between 10-15€. There are most likely other costs associated also in the case of working with a Tax Representative who’s a lawyer or firm, like Pearls.

If you do not want to be a tax resident in Portugal, you should give your home country address when registering. You’ll also receive all correspondence to your home country, which is an excellent advantage if you do not use the property all year round.

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