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A VAT Refund Guide to

Portugal

How to get VAT Refunds from Portugal for your business

Businesses registered in countries outside of Portugal can claim VAT refunds on any costs incurred in Portugal.
The below information details the requirements needed to be eligible for a VAT refund. This includes claimable expense types, Portugal VAT rates, deadlines and claiming periods.

Where is your company based?

EU

based businesses

VAT-registered businesses in an EU member state are eligible to recover VAT on business costs from Portugal under the EU VAT Refund Directive.

NON-EU

based businesses

VAT-registered businesses outside of the European Union are eligible to recover VAT on business costs from Portugal under the 13th Directive.

Which countries have reciprocity with Portugal?

All EU countries, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway and Switzerland

For a more detailed explanation on what reciprocity means within the scope of VAT, click here:

What expenses are claimable in Portugal?

ENTERTAINMENT & HOSPITALITY

Entertainment

0%
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Hotels & Accommodation

6%
Only in certain circumstances
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Restaurants

23% & 13%

EVENTS

Conferences, Trade Shows & Exhibitions

23%

Training Courses & Seminars

23%

GENERAL EXPENSES

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Goods

23%

Inter-company charges

23%

Office Expenses

23%
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Marketing Costs

23%

Professional Fees & AP invoices

23%

TRAVEL RELATED

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Car Rental

0%
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Fuel

0%
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Public Transport

6%
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Taxis

12%

Additional Information

How far back can your business claim VAT from Portugal?
January to December of the previous year
What’s the foreign VAT deadline in Portugal?
30 September of the year following the claim year date
How long does it take to receive a VAT refund from Portugal?
Depending on the complexity of your application and the capacity at the VAT authority, it can take up to 6 months for EU businesses and up to 10 months for Non-EU businesses to receive a VAT refund from Portugal

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