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tspring0204
8/8/2019 09:20 EST

We are Americans living in central Portugal. Not being aware of the NHR program, I learned of it after we had missed the deadline to sign up of March 31, 2018,

When we applied for our NIF, there is a box to check for NHR on the screen the Tax Authority person fills out. However, she didn't mention NHR to us and didn't check the box. As you may know, the NHR offers a 10 year tax holiday for various professions, and for pensioners. Now the local tax office says it's too bad that we missed the deadline, but there is no way to sign up late. As we basically live on our social security and a small private pension, paying taxes on this income will be a hardship.

Does anyone else have experience with the NHR signup, and a possible path for late registration?

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USadventurer
8/8/2019 11:00 EST

To tspring0204 - I do NOT know if there is a possible path for late NHR registration, as I applied before the deadline. However, I did have an issue correcting a mistake with my NHR application. to resolve my delimma, I posted a question as well - in my case, to an expat group on Facebook. That posting resulted in a Portuguese Tax Lawyer contacting me, and assisting me in correcting my situation. No guarantees, but if you want the lawyer's name, feel free to email me privately. Boa sorte!

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Wallvestor
8/8/2019 11:10 EST

Would tspring0204 even owe taxes to Portugal without the NHR given the income is Social Security and a pension?

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Bemadam
8/11/2019 07:29 EST

Tough luck! You should have thoroughly researched your tax position and discovered the NHR BEFORE you got to Portugal. That's just bad planning on your part, not the fault of the civil servant for not pointing it out to you.

Enjoy paying 10 years more income tax on your foreign income! You talk of hardship, yet you will simply be in the same situation as thousands of other people who pay the full amount of income tax on their income.

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whatsnext
8/11/2019 10:31 EST

To Bemadam:

"Tough luck!"
"You should have"
"That's just bad planning"
"Enjoy paying 10 years more income tax on your foreign income!"

Hindsight is always 20/20. Tspring0204 didn't even know about the NHR when they moved. Obviously more research would have helped their situation. Yes, others also experience hardship when paying their taxes. I just don't see how ridiculing them at this point is helpful, since even the opportunity to use any "learning" from this experience is long gone.

I point this out because your post may just make them feel worse, and I would never presume that was your goal.

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Alekos
8/14/2019 09:29 EST

As they told you, too late.

We were able to apply just before our deadline, and it's still "pending" well over a year later.

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Bemadam
8/14/2019 10:48 EST

@ Alekos, are you sure about that? It is extremely unlikely that the administration takes over a year to decide something like this.

'Deferido' in Portuguese means 'granted', not 'deferred'. Are you sure you haven't been granted the NHR status, and you have read 'deferido' to mean 'deferred'?

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dancebert
8/18/2019 09:39 EST

This thread was motivation for me to verify I'd been granted NHR status. Couldn't find a page with 'Residente Não Habitual' and one of the 2 statuses described in posts. But I did find this, with format screwed up because of copy and paste:

Residente Não Habitual
Ano Início - 2019
Ano Fim - 2028
Tipo Comprovativo - Outro documento
País - TAILANDIA

CÓDIGOS DE ACTIVIDADE DE VALOR ACRESCENTADO
CÓD. ACTIVIDADE - DESCRIÇÃO ACTIVIDADE
888 - Sem Atividade Elevado Valor Acrescentado

== Chrome browser translation

Unusual Resident
Year Start - 2019
End Year - 2028
Proof Type - Other document
Country - THAILAND

VALUE ADDED ACTIVITY CODES
ACTIVITY CODE - ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION
888 - No Activity High Value Added

To get there, start from the page the site takes you to after logging in. It's labeled My Area.
Clicking 'Personal Data' goes to page labeled Current Registration Status
Clicking 'General Data' goes to page of same name. The copy and paste above came from this page.

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