Legal

Legal Resources

Before starting a business in Portugal, it’s advisable to speak to an English-speaking lawyer knowledgeable in Portuguese business laws. Obtaining legal advice will help you identify any tax breaks available and navigate your way through the process of opening your business.

  • With HG.org Legal Resources you can easily find professional lawyers and law firms in Porto, and check their profiles and their contact information.
  • You can find a list of English-speaking lawyers in Lisbon & Porto, prepared by the British Consular Services, here.
  • You also have a list of Portuguese lawyers and firms made by Chambers and Partners, here. Also available by specific legal fields, including a Portugal Law Firm Comparison Table.

Company Taxes

In Portugal, the corporate income tax rate is a tax collected from companies. Currently it stands at 21 percent.

Its amount is based on the net income companies obtain while exercising their business activity, normally during one business year. Revenues from the corporate tax rate are an important source of income for the Portuguese Government.

Taxable profits include the money your company or association makes from:

  • Doing business
  • Investments
  • Selling assets for more than they cost (chargeable gains)

If your company is based in Portugal, it pays company tax on all its profits from Portugal and abroad. If your company isn’t based in Portugal but has an office or branch here, it only pays company tax on its profits from its activities in Portugal.

Here you can find all the information regarding company taxes in Portugal.