Published on 5th December 2019
If you’re dealing in crypto, then you should take a look at what’s going on in Portugal at the moment. The Portuguese Tax Authority (PTA) has confirmed that crypto transactions are exempt from any value-added tax (VAT) in Portugal. In other words, if you exchange some crypto into fiat currency in the country, that exchange will be tax-free.
How does the Portuguese law apply to bitcoin investors?
Besides the exemption of VAT, income made from crypto sales also cannot be taxed. Essentially, what this means is that Portugal is viewing cryptocurrencies as a means of payment - i.e. like any other currency, - rather than just an asset.
Capital gains tax
As previously clarified in 2016 by the PTA, all types of cryptocurrency transactions are exempt from capital gains tax and other taxes from crypto transactions, such as:
a) payment for goods and services;
b) buying cryptocurrency for fiat;
c) trading in digital assets.
The Non-Habitual Residence tax regime
For crypto traders who want to avoid taxes, Portugal is the right place. Investors in Portugal who have not been tax residents in the country for the previous 5 years can benefit from the NHR scheme. Under this programme, investors may be able to monetise their personal cryptocurrency earnings in Portugal, without being taxed.
There are, however, some exceptions:
although bitcoin transactions are not taxed, if the transfer of the cryptocurrency is related to goods or services then an invoice must be issued and the service should also be taxed;
individuals who deal in cryptocurrency as a professional activity are still required to pay taxes;
businesses which offer services relating to cryptocurrencies are taxed on capital gains, ranging between 28% and 35%.
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Portugal Golden Visa and cryptocurrency
Another added benefit to investing in Portugal is the Portugal Golden Visa Programme. Investors may acquire a European passport after 5 years of continued investment in Portugal, giving them the right to work and live anywhere in the Schengen area, which is a shorter period than Greece (7 years) or Spain (10 years). Their dependents, such as children, partners, relatives or financially dependent individuals enrolled in studies, may also be granted residency permits.
Key benefits of applying to Portugal Golden Visa as a cryptocurrency investor:
Holding two passports ensures future stability and allows you to live and do business in Europe, in 183 countries;
You’re only required to stay in Portugal for 7 days per year, so you are able to live in your home country without having to relocate. Portugal Homes has an After Sales team that can also help you take care of your investments when you are away - learn more about it here;
After 5 years, you are granted the Portuguese passport, rather than if it was in Greece (7 years) or Spain (10 years);
Varied investment options, being the investment in real estate the most popular choice for Golden Visa applicants;
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