VAT in Portugal

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The transaction code called Código do Imposto de Transacções, was replaced by the Vat Code, which was introduced in Portugal on January 1, 1986. The VAT laws in Portugal are based on EU legislation, of which Portugal was a founding member. Portugal is therefore obliged to implement the VAT Directives which provide guidance on VAT.

Should a conflict arise, the European Directive will take precedence. This VAT guide covers both the inland territory of Portugal as well as the autonomous regions of Azores and Madeira with reduced rates applicable to supplies in these islands.

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Scope of Taxation

In Portugal, there are taxes applicable on the provision of goods and services in exchange for payment, as well as on certain intra-Community transactions and on imported goods brought into the country.

VAT applies to various transactions, including:

  • The provision of goods and services for payment in Portugal by a taxable individual acting in that capacity.
  • The importation of goods.
  • Acquiring goods within the European Community for payment in Portugal.
  • Purchasing new means of transport within the European Community for payment, whether by a taxable entity or a private individual in Portugal.
  • Selling new means of transport for payment by any individual to a purchaser in another EU Member State.

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Portugal –  General VAT information


Tax authority
Tax and Customs Authority


VAT in local language Imposto sobre o valor acresentado (IVA)
Currency € Euro
VAT number format PT+9 digits
VAT rates


Mainland Portugal – Standard 23%; Intermediate 13%; and Reduced 6%
Madeira – Standard 22%; Intermediate 12%; and Reduced 5%
Azores – Standard 16%; Intermediate 9%; and Reduced 4%
Zero-rated (0%) and exempt
Established EUR 12,500
Non-established None
Intra-EU Distance sales and electronically supplied services to consumers (OSS) EUR 10,000
VAT Group Not available – must register for VAT individually
Voluntary Registration Not available
Intra-EU Dispatches EUR 250,000
Intra-EU Arrivals EUR 350,000
Recovery of VAT by non-established businesses Yes
Compliance Returns and Deadlines
VAT Returns Monthly (or annual turnover is lower than € 650,000) – 10th of the second following month
Quarterly – 15th of the second following month
Frequency Monthly and quarterly
European Sales Listing 20th of the following month


Intrastat 15th of the following month
Electronic Invoicing Mandatory in Portugal


Last Updated: 29/11/2023


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