Portuguese Tax Number (NIF)

To purchase property in Portugal, you need a Portuguese tax number. You will also need this number to open a bank account in Portugal. We recommend our customers to apply for the NIF (Número Identificação Fiscal) when searching for property. The application for the tax number has no tax consequences, so you do not automatically become taxable in Portugal unless you provide a Portuguese address when registering. Applying for the tax number is relatively easy. To do this, contact a tax office in Portugal (Serviços de Finanças). It is not necessary to contact the tax office at the location of the property.


You can also go to the tax office near the hotel or the airport. You will get the tax number in each tax office after waiting for a while. The tax number can also be requested from the Portuguese embassy in your home country. Since the service of the embassies is not good, it is advisable to apply locally. The tax number is valid for a lifetime. You need the following documents to apply for the tax number in Portugal:


• 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


You will receive the tax number immediately. The cost is between €12 - €15 per person. If you do not want to be a tax resident in Portugal, you should give your home country address when registering. You will also receive all tax assessments in your home country, which is an excellent advantage if you do not use the property all year round.




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