For many years, Offshore Property Companies have been a popular solution, although sometimes practices could be a bit “grey” in nature. Due to repeated problems with tax evasion, Portuguese legislation eventually changed, penalising these structures. Offshore Companies began to suffer an array of punitive measures that turned them untenable. Other than direct ownership, property buyers are faced with a choice between Non-Resident Companies, registered in a foreign jurisdiction not on Portugal’s “black-list”, or Resident Companies, domiciled in Portugal.
However, the legislative landscape continues in flux. EU initiatives are instigating further change. Yesterday’s solution can become tomorrow’s problem, leading many owners to consider redomiciling their Delaware companies to Portugal.