It is now possible to pay many of your taxes via direct debit. The levies currently available by this payment method are “IUC” (car tax), “IMI” (property tax), “IRS” (individual income tax), “IRC” (corporate income tax) as well as instalment payments. The new functionality can be found on the Finanças Portal in the area to query and pay taxes, by the app “Situação Fiscal” (Fiscal Situation) available for IOS or Android, as well as in person in “AT” (Tax Authority) offices around the country.
As a resident foreigner, you may receive letters from the Tax Office (“AT”). Just as happens with many Portuguese citizens, you will be baffled by the encrypted content, written in unadulterated “bureaucratese”. The letter may come with a “number” that might seem to be a tax demand. It may also contain a “deadline”, defining when you are supposed to react. The first order of business is: “Don’t panic.” Continue reading