Between 2008 and 2016, more than 220,000 foreign nations chose to become Portuguese citizens. Brazilians submitted the most requests. In 2016, Portugal granted nationality to 29,351 foreigners, a record since 1996, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics.
Following the previous introduction of the “Automatic IRS” which prefills personal income tax submissions for millions of Portuguese taxpayers, other 2018 IRS declarations must only be declared electronically via the Internet. Paper forms are no longer available. Those who lack a computer or the necessary skills can get help at one of the Citizen Shops or via their local “AT” agency.
The Council of Ministers approved “Automatic IRS” for households with dependents, thus extending the measure to three million households next year. In 2017, “Automatic IRS filing” covered taxpayers with no dependents, having salaries or pensions. In 2018, “Automatic IRS filing” will include families with dependents, as well as taxpayers who receive tax credits related to donations.
Capital Gains from the sale of Bitcoins or other digital currencies are not taxed in Portugal, according to the Ministry of Finance. Taxation of capital gains only occurs when, by virtue of a habitual nature, buying and selling of cryptocurrencies constitutes a professional or business activity. In this instance, profits will be assessed in category B.
In 2018, education vouchers become fully subject to “IRS” assessment. Previously, these vouchers, allocated to dependents for the payment of schools and other education services and expenses, were eligible for a maximum tax credit of up to €1,100 per dependent.
Beginning in 2018, taxpayers with earnings exclusively from Local Lodging (Category B) will be exempt from SS contributions. Those who accumulate salaried income with self-employment earnings from “AL” will only be excused from monthly Social Security payments on their green receipts below a gross of €2,450 per month. Any excess shall be assessed at the rate of 21.4%. The measure is expected to encourage “AL” compliance which has already quadrupled over the past three years.
Airbnb announced that, since 01 May 2016, it has already delivered almost five million euros to the City de Lisbon from the collection of levies on holidaymakers. To date in 2017, the amount collected has been €3,100,000. Airbnb is the only internet hosting platform to collect the Tourist Tax (one euro per night per person) on behalf of the Lisbon City Council.
Prices for Local Lodging (“AL”) rose in the historic centres of Lisbon and Oporto during the first half of 2016 according to the “Confidencial Imobiliário Index”. The average cost of “AL” accommodations increased by 4.6% in the historic districts of Lisbon and 0.3% in the centre of Porto.