Businesses in Portugal have prepared systems for non-resident UK nationals to participate in “tax free” purchases as of 01 January 2021. The plan allows for the recovery of VAT paid on eligible purchases when exiting Portugal. There is a minimum amount of €61.50 within an establishment to be entitled to “Tax Free” refunds. The tax is recoverable only on purchased products and not on services, such as hotels and restaurants.
UK nationals continued to invest heavily in residential real estate in Portugal in 2016. Brits made up the largest group of foreign investors with a 31% share of transactions carried out by non-residents. France (19%) and the Benelux and the Scandinavian countries (17%) were the other two most significant buyers in the Algarve.