Your professional business partner in Portugal

TIMEVAT assists foreign companies in all industries with registration, reporting and compliance in Portugal.
We are your VAT experts and consultants towards the Portugese bureaucracy.

If a company not established in Portugal is providing ‘taxable supplies’ of goods or services in Portugal, it may have to obtain a non-resident Portugal export VAT registration. In accordance with the EU VAT Directive, foreign traders are legally obligated to register for Portugal export VAT in certain circumstances in order to report taxable transactions and declare VAT that must be charged.

It is important that all businesses with any commercial activity in Portugal assess their compliance obligations and register prior to commencing taxable transactions if applicable.

Did you know that almost all Portugal companies have outsourced their VAT reporting?

What you need to know

There are various scenarios that would trigger an obligation to register for VAT in Portugal. Some of the most common examples are:

  • Importing goods into Portugal from outside the European Union
  • Buying and selling goods in Portugal (excluding domestic reverse charge)
  • Selling goods from Portugal which are delivered to customers outside of Portugal (business or private customers)
  • Acquiring goods in Portugal from another EU country (Intra-community acquisitions)
  • Holding inventory in Portugal for sale, distribution or consignment
  • When total E-commerce sales of goods to consumers in EU, exceeds the threshold of € 10,000 companies are now eligible for signing up for (One-stop-shop) called the OSS scheme by SKAT.

If you already do business or plan to do business in Portugal, you should contact TIMEVAT immediately. We speak the language, have easy access to the Portugese authorities and now the procedures. Please contact us for advise and assistance.

VAT Rates, Formats & Thresholds

VAT RatesVAT DesignationVAT Number FormatDistance Selling ThresholdIntrastat Threshold
23%(Standard)IVAPT123456789€ 10,000 *)€ 400.000(Arrivals)
6/13%(Reduced)€ 400.000(Dispatches)

*) As of 1st of July 2021 companies are eligible to sign up for (One-stop-shop) the OSS scheme by SKAT when the total annual EU sales exceeds the threshold of € 10,000.

VAT return periods
Monthly or quarterly

Annual returns

EC Sales Lists frequency
Monthly or quarterly

EC purchase lists

Other reporting requirements

Reverse charge
The supply of goods and services provided by a non-established to a VAT registered customer in Portugal are subject to the reverse charge and the customer accounts for the VAT. Please contact us if you would like details of how the extended reverse charge applies in Portugal.

Fiscal repræsentation
A business established in a country outside the EU must appoint a tax representative to register for VAT in Portugal.