As a rule, intentional omissions or inaccuracies in fiscal declarations or other tax relevant documents are punishable by a fine of between €375 and €22,500 for individuals or €750 and €45,000 for companies. Also, these infractions are punishable as the crime of tax evasion if the outstanding assessment is €15,000 or more per declaration. Tax fraud is punishable by imprisonment of up to three years. In more egregious situations, the crime of qualified tax fraud is punishable by imprisonment of two to eight years for individuals and a penalty of 480 to 1920 days for company directors.
The “AT” (Tax Office) wants to assure that all entrepreneurs receive their correspondence in a secure and unquestionable manner. To this end. all Sole Traders registered for VAT are now obliged to have an electronic post box with www.viaCTT.pt. The viaCTT account must be activated within 30 days after VAT registration. The rule applies to sole traders once they have reached an income of over than 10.000€ in the preceding year. Fines for non-compliance go from €50 to €250.
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