If a company not established in Portugal is providing ‘taxable supplies’ of goods or services in Portugal, it may have to obtain a non-resident VAT registration. In accordance with the EU VAT Directive, foreign traders are legally obligated to register for VAT in certain circumstances in order to report taxable transactions and declare VAT that must be charged.
It is important that all businesses with any commercial activity in Portugal assess their compliance obligations and register prior to commencing taxable transactions if applicable.
What you need to know
There are various scenarios that would trigger an obligation to register for VAT in Portugal. Some of the most common examples are:
- Importing goods into Portugal from outside the European Union
- Buying and selling goods in Portugal (domestic reverse charge excluded)
- Selling goods from Portugal which are delivered to customers outside of Portugal (business or private customers)
- Acquiring goods in Portugal from another EU country (Intra-community acquisitions)
- Holding inventory in Portugal for sale, distribution or consignment
- E-commerce sales of goods to consumers, subject to Distance Selling VAT registration thresholds
- Organising events in Portugal where attendees or delegates must pay admission
If you are currently, or plan to conduct any of the above (or similar) transactions in Portugal, you should contact us immediately for a complimentary consultation.