The Tax Identification Number (NIF) can be requested by Portuguese and by foreigners, whether or not they reside in Portugal.
The document is indispensable in various day-to-day demands, such as signing contracts, contracting basic services, setting up a company, opening a bank account, among others.
The NIF is used to identify the citizen to the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority (AT).
For those who do not live in Portugal and wish to apply for the NIF, there will be the need for a Fiscal Representative with permanent residence in Portuguese territory.
Holders of temporary residency, even if they are in Portugal, cannot be fiscal representatives, ok? Permanent residents only.
From the moment the document is requested, the person is registered in the Portuguese Tax Administration’s database.
It is always possible to request the TIN remotely, through your representative, who can handle the whole process for you.
If you are passing through Portugal, you can also appear in person at the Finanças, with your representative, to request the NIF, should you wish to do so.
Even residents, if they are unable to appear before the IRS, can appoint – in this case – a proxy, to just request the NIF on their behalf, without taking on the role of tax representative.
The application is exempt from fees to be paid to the Tax Authority.
Be very careful in choosing your representative since he/she will be the person that you appoint as the official contact for the Tax and Customs Authority.
It is recommended that you hire an advisor that performs this type of service and is able to commit to receiving your notifications and providing information on time.
The Fiscal Representative must have the necessary structure to assume the responsibility of this responsibility in a serious and prudent way, so that you don’t have problems with not being communicated, for example, of the need to pay some tax and, therefore, having to pay penalties.
After all, the decision regarding the choice of your representative, and the communication of that decision to the Government, was yours.
NIF as a resident in Portugal:
TIN as a non-resident:
The NIF is one of the first steps for anyone thinking about Portugal, whether to reside there or not.
If you would like to request your TIN, contact us and we can handle the entire process for you.
Personalized service in which the client will present the specific case to lawyers who, based on their professional knowledge and vast experience, will provide the necessary clarifications.
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