• IN570 Armed Guards To Be Allowed On Board Portuguese Flagged Ships - Where Piracy Is Prevalent

    New Law

    On 10 January 2019, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a law to allow armed guards to sail on Portuguese flagged vessels.

    This measure is long-awaited by the International Shipping Registry of Madeira (MAR) and by ship owners registered within it. The increase in financial loss due to hijackings and ransom demands, and the risk to human lives, as a result of hostage taking has … more

  • IN568 Portuguese Golden Visa - Investment Route And The Non-Habitual Residents Regime

    Background

    Portugal is being re-discovered as a destination to relocate to, with iconic cities such as Lisbon and Porto, and stunning coastal areas, for example, the Algarve. It also offers very easy access to the rest of Europe.

    Portugal is increasingly recognised as an international hub with 71 Double Taxation Agreements and 49 Investment Protection Treaties.

    The Golden Visa

    The Portuguese … more

  • IN518 - Why the Madeira International Shipping Register (MAR) is so Attractive and the Advantages of Registering a Vessel in Madeira

    Background

    The objective of the Madeira International Shipping Register (MAR) is to offer a credible alternative to other international registers. The high quality and safety standards of a conventional register have been maintained within an attractive tax environment designed to encourage inward investment to the island of Madeira. Vessels registered with MAR carry the Portuguese flag and are … more

  • IN565 Why Use The Azores (Portugal) For Yacht Importation?

    Background

    The Archipelago of the Azores is composed of nine volcanic islands and is situated in the North Atlantic, about 1,500 kilometres west of Lisbon. These islands are an autonomous region of Portugal.

    What Advantages are Offered by the Azores for Yacht Importation into the EU?

    The standard rate of Portuguese VAT is 23% but the Azores benefits from a reduced VAT rate of 18%.

    In … more

  • IN553 The Madeira (Portugal) Free Trade Zone - What Tax Benefits Does It Offer And Substance Requirements

    Background

    The Madeira archipelago is part of Portugal and is located in the Atlantic Ocean, 978 km southwest of Lisbon.

    During the past decade, Portugal has taken several steps to enhance its attractiveness to international business and high net worth individuals. Partially thanks to the Non-Habitual Residents tax programme implemented in 2009 and the Golden Visa residency programme introduced … more

  • IN538 - Imminent Introduction of the Portuguese Tonnage Tax Scheme for Ships - What benefits will it offer?

    The Portuguese tonnage tax and seafarer scheme was approved by the European Commission on 6 April 2018, in line with EU State aid rules, in particular the Guidelines on State aid to maritime transport. The Portuguese measures will enhance the competitiveness of the Portuguese shipping sector and, simultaneously, protect know-how and jobs in the EU maritime transport sector.

    The law proposal had … more

  • IN530 - Portuguese Double Taxation Agreements, Particularly Attractive Agreements and the Madeira International Business Centre

    Companies licensed to operate within the legal framework of the Free Trade Zone of Madeira are Portuguese companies. The double taxation agreements (DTAs) concluded between Portugal and its treaty partners generally apply to Portuguese companies registered in Madeira. Not only is access to most of the agreements available, but also access to EU Directives, for instance the Parent-Subsidiary … more

  • IN519 - The Madeira Free Trade Zone – The Beginning of Portugal’s International Business Identity

    The Madeira archipelago is part of Portugal and is located in the Atlantic Ocean, 978km southwest of Lisbon. The island of Madeira was discovered in 1419 by the Portuguese navigator João Gonçalves Zarco; the first Portuguese Discovery during Europe’s Age of Discoveries and Exploration, and the start of a period in history where Portugal became one of the key players in global trade and commerce. … more

  • IN517 - Portuguese Holding Companies and the Benefits of Registering a Company in Madeira

    A number of significant benefits are available through using a Portuguese holding company. Portugal offers an internationally competitive tax framework that is both transparent and compliant.

    As an alternative to being registered on the mainland, Portuguese companies can, in the correct circumstances, be registered on the island of Madeira. The Madeira International Business Centre (MIBC) offers … more

  • IN516 - Obtaining a Portuguese Golden Visa by Investing in a Portuguese Venture Capital Fund

    The Golden Visa includes an investment route option. Individuals can use this route to gain a Golden Visa, by investing in a Portuguese Venture Capital Fund.

    The specific criteria details are:

    Investment of a minimum €500,000 to purchase shares in investment funds or venture capital companies that are being used to support small and/or medium sized companies in Portugal that have generated … more

  • IN515 - The Portuguese Golden Visa and the Application Procedures

    Portugal is an increasingly attractive jurisdiction for relocation, due to the lifestyle, cosmopolitan cities, good weather, local hospitality, excellent food and great ambience. With the introduction of Portugal’s Golden Visa scheme and a special tax regime for Non-Habitual Residents, Portugal has become a popular choice for many EU and non-EU nationals.

    The Portuguese Golden Visa provides the … more

  • IN514 - Portugal - Introduction of a Specific Start Up Visa for Entrepreneurs from Outside Portugal

    Framework

    The Portuguese Government launched the “Start Up Visa for Entrepreneurs” at the Web Summit it was hosting in November 2017. This summit was one of the major international, technological gathering events of the year.

    The Start Up Visa is specifically designed to attract foreign investment to Portugal.

    Advantages

    The Start Up Visa comprises a residence visa for entrepreneurs, who: … more

  • IN486(P) - Portugal New Golden Visa Investment Routes (Portuguese version)

    PORTUGAL - NOVAS ROTAS DE INVESTIMENTO PARA O “GOLDEN VISA”

    Considerações

    15.000 pessoas de patrimônio elevado e suas famílias estabeleceram a sua residência em Portugal desde 2009.

    Portugal está na moda, com belas paisagens e cidades como Lisboa, Porto e Funchal para explorar. As famílias que se mudaram para Portugal são atraídas pelo programa de imposto sobre pessoas singulars, o Programa de … more

  • IN487 - Portugal - A Family and Business Friendly Jurisdiction

    Since 2009 over 5,000 high net worth individuals and their families have made Portugal their home, attracted by the lifestyle, the Non-Habitual Resident tax regime and the Golden Visa residency programme.

    In 2014 the Portuguese Government made Portugal more attractive to companies by reforming its Corporate Tax Code to meet international standards. Since then Portuguese companies have enjoyed an … more

  • IN486 - Portugal - New Golden Visa Investment Routes

    15,000 high net worth individuals and their families have moved to Portugal since 2009.

    Portugal appears to be the place to be, with beautiful scenery and cities like Lisbon, Porto and Funchal to explore. Families who have moved to Portugal are attracted by the personal tax programme: the Non-Habitual Resident Programme. Non-EU individuals also have the option to move to Portugal by applying for … more

  • IN478 - Portugal – An Increasingly Attractive Location for Entrepreneurs

    Historically, Portugal’s ‘brightest and best’ have looked for opportunities outside of Portugal. This was not necessarily because they wanted to, but because Portugal was more focused on keeping its ‘head above water’ and finding ways to leave the Economic Adjustment Programme, agreed with the European Commission for the period 2010-2014 (the bailout programme).

    In the past Portugal discovered … more

  • IN443 - The Portuguese Comandita Structure and the Benefits it Offers

    There are four different types of company that can be established in Portugal:

    Private limited liability companies (Sociedade por Quotas, LDA)

    Public limited companies (Sociedade Anónima SA Corporation)

    Limited co-partnership companies (Sociedade em Comandita, SC)

    General partnership companies (Sociedade em Nome Collectivo, SNC)

    The third type of company is based on a structure similar … more

  • IN437 - Key Characteristics and Advantages of Portuguese Holding Companies

    Since 2014 approximately 100,000 companies have been incorporated in Portugal, representing a 10% increase in comparison to 2011, when Portugal was granted an international bailout package, which culminated in a “clean exit” in May 2014.

    This significant increase in incorporations has been driven mainly by foreign companies seeking a jurisdiction in which the quality of life matches the … more

  • IN436 - Restarting the Clock for Non-UK Domiciles: Why Cyprus, Malta and Portugal are Attractive Jurisdictions to Consider for Relocation

    The UK offers an attractive tax regime for up to 15 years for individuals who are resident in the UK but do not have a UK domicile.

    Individuals who are UK resident, but not UK domiciled, do not have to pay UK tax on their foreign income and gains, as long as these sums remain outside of the UK.

    Individuals may choose to structure their tax affairs so that they cease to be UK tax resident for a … more

  • IN391 - Portuguese Golden Visa and the Non-Habitual Residents Tax Scheme - Making Portugal an Attractive Location for Residence

    Since the introduction of Portugal’s “Golden Visa” and a special tax regime for non-habitual residents, Portugal has become a destination of choice for many non-EU nationals.

    The Golden Visa enables non-EU residents to not only be resident in Portugal, but to also move freely within the Schengen Zone.  The “Non-Habitual Residents Regime” means that they can also enjoy low taxes or, in some cases, … more

  • IN415 - Taxation of Trusts in Portugal and the Implications for Non Habitual Residents

    When individuals who are potential beneficiaries of trusts are planning to move to Portugal and will become Non Habitual Residents (NHRs) they need to review the trust position prior to any future distributions being made.

    Background

    Legislation was approved in Portugal at the end of 2014 regarding the taxation of fiduciary structures, which includes trusts.

    Distributions made by fiduciary … more

  • PT1 - A Organização De Um Fundo Em Malta - Os Benefícios

    Dixcart fornece serviços de administração de fundos em Malta e na Ilha de Man. 

    A partir de Malta, podemos fornecer uma vasta gama de serviços, incluindo contabilidade e elaboração de relatórios financeiros, serviços administrativos empresariais, administração de fundos, avaliações e serviços financeiros.

    Os Benefícios da Criação de um Fundo em Malta

    Um dos principais benefícios de se utilizar … more

  • IN312 - Aircraft Registration: Guernsey, Isle of Man, Malta and Portugal

    Dixcart provides aircraft registration services in a number of jurisdictions. These jurisdictions have registries which offer a variety of advantages and tax efficiencies. 

    Dixcart can advise on aircraft registration and help coordinate the aircraft registration process in: Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Malta and Portugal. This can include establishing and administering the relevant ownership … more

  • IN275 - A Consideration of Shipping in the Jurisdictions of Cyprus, the Isle of Man, Madeira (Portugal) and Malta

    Dixcart can provide clients with a number of alternative ship registration solutions. 

    This note provides a brief overview of the shipping regimes in Cyprus, the Isle of Man, Madeira (Portugal) and Malta. More detailed information is available on request regarding shipping in each of the jurisdictions considered in this Article.

    Cyprus

    Cyprus is a major ship management centre attracting … more