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What is a NIF?

NIF, more commonly referred to as simply “Contribuinte” stands for “Número de Identificação Fiscal” which translates as the Number of tax identification, is the first step and the cornerstone for any economic activity in Portugal. It is required for both residents and non-residents of Portugal that wish to open a bank account, do any kind of deals with real estate, acquire a residence permit, contract an internet provider, etc. Hence, if you are considering moving to Portugal, conducting any kind of business activities or even simply staying here for prolonged periods of time - registering NIF is a priority.

How long does it take to acquire a NIF?

Generally it takes from a couple of hours to a couple of days to issue a NIF, however it should be noted that the time depends first of all on the AT office and there have been cases when clients have waited up to a month to get their NIF. Hence you should always prepare for the longest scenario (3-4 weeks).

Does a NIF ever expire?

No, NIF does not have an expiration date and is issued “for life”. In case you lose your NIF, you will not be simply assigned a new number, you will have to start a new process from scratch and get a brand new document.

Which authority issues NIF?

The document is issued by “Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira” (Tax and Customs Authority) and contains all tax and financial information of its holder. For non residents it is required to have a local tax representative.

What is this “tax representation”?

Foreigners are required to have a local tax representative in order to file for a NIF. Our processing fee (€99) covers the registration and tax representation for 1 year. It will be renewed in a one year.

Can i change a fiscal representative/address in my NIF?

Yes, after you get residency you can change the address in your NIF, so you won't need a fiscal representative anymore. You can do it by yourself on the official website "portal das financas" or we can do it with the fee of 100€ .

How long does tax representation last?

According to the contract, our tax representation lasts 1 year. At the end of that year, your fiscal representation will automatically be renewed at a rate of €99/year. You may cancel this service after you become a Portugal tax resident and update your address with the tax office.

What about NIF for minors?

It is possible to file for a NIF for minors, however please note that you will have to additionally submit a translated birth certificate with an apostille.

Can I get a password for “portal das financas”?

Yes it is possible to request a password for this portal. In this case it will be sent to us and we will forward it to you.

Via link, you can find more info about password.

How will I receive my NIF?

Currently NIFs are issued online in a pdf format. As soon as we get your document - we will send it to the email you provided us.

What if i had temporary NIF?

Issuing of permanent NIF can be done after cancellation of temporary NIF, for this reason it can take more time than usually.

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