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High-value business activities given streamlined application

Last updated on 31st October 2019

Foreign residents applying for Non-Habitual Resident status with high-value-added business activities (“VTA”) may now receive prompt approval for a flat-rate tax of 20% on earned income in income categories A or B (salaries and sole trader income). Under previous practice, “VTA” approval was individualised and could take a year or more for consideration. Nevertheless, taxpayers must still be prepared to provide proof of their qualifications and effective exercise of the business activity upon request from the tax authorities (“AT”) at any time during the “NHR” 10-year period. These new procedures came into effect for applications made after 26 June 2019. This streamlined application follows other “Simplex” actions launched earlier this year. For example, the Portuguese Tax Authority (“AT”) overhauled the list of qualifying Non-Habitual Residency professions (“VTA”) eligible for the 20% flat-rate tax that were initially put in place in 2009.

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