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EU VAT registration - VAT in Portugal

VAT registration in Portugal

General Information:

As part of Portugal’s accession to the European Union, value added tax was introduced in 1986. It is called Imposto sobre o valor acrescentado (IVA). There was a transition period and the full system entered into force in 1989. As with all other Member States, Portugal is committed to complying with EU rules on VAT registration, compliance, returns, Intrastat and EC sales lists. Portuguese VAT legislation is included in the VAT Code. It is supervised by the VAT Service Department, part of the Directorate General for Taxation in the Ministry of Finance. Foreign companies importing or trading goods or services in Portugal may be required to register as a trader who is not resident in Portugal. It would then also be required to follow local compliance, reporting and payment processes.

VAT registration in Portugal for companies:

Foreign companies can register for VAT in Portugal without having to set up a local company, i.e. you can register as a non-resident. In Portugal, there is no VAT threshold for the registration of foreign entrepreneurs. However, the application for a VAT number must be submitted to the appropriate department. This also applies to situations where foreign companies make intra-Community supplies of goods. If you know that you need to register VAT in Portugal, do not hesitate and contact us and we will help you.


When is VAT registration in Portugal required?

⇒ imported goods sent to the European Union via Portugal;

⇒ purchase and sale of products in Portugal;

⇒ warehousing goods in Portugal;

⇒ sale of goods from Portugal to other EU countries;

⇒ sending goods between and to another EU member state (intra-Community supplies)

⇒ organization of live events (conferences related to art or education) in Portugal;

⇒ own delivery of goods.

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How can I register VAT in Portugal?

The application for VAT registration must be completed via the website of the public administration in Portugal (Eportugal gov). Foreign taxpayers who do not have their permanent residence or permanent establishment in Portugal receive a Portuguese VAT number only if they apply for it separately and if they supply goods or services to Portugal. The VAT application form must contain the reasons and a detailed description of the transactions liable to tax in Portugal.



Local VAT number

PT+9 digits

Country Code


Mail order threshold

35 000 € net per annum

VAT declaration submission

– Monthly
– Quarterly

Registration Waiting Time

Up to 2 months

Annual Declaration


Standard VAT Rate


Reduced VAT Rate

13%, 6%

Member state of the European Union

Yes, since 1986.