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Registering as self-employed in Portugal made easy: A comprehensive guide.

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

Self-employment in Portugal refers to individuals working independently, without being employed by a company. They manage their own business activities, finances, and clients. To operate legally, self-employed individuals must register with the tax authorities and obtain a NIF. They are responsible for their own social security contributions. This applies to various professions and sectors. Need assistance? Contact Inlis Consulting an accounting firm in Lisbon.

Self Employed in Portugal

Self-employed workers in Portugal must undergo registration with the Tax Office, which involves submitting a self-employment registration certificate. The self-employment registration should be filed before initiating any self-employment activity. It is important to complete the registration process beforehand to ensure compliance with the necessary legal requirements.


Online Option:

When filing for self-employment registration online, the delivery of the certificate is free of charge.


On-Site Option:

If you choose to complete the registration at a physical location, there are two options available at the reception desks:

  1. Electronic submission: This option is free of charge.

  2. Paper submission: If you prefer to fill out the registration certificate on paper, there is a fee of 0.35 € associated with this option.

How to file the self-employment registration? Online:

To file the self-employment registration online, follow these steps:

  1. Access the Finances Portal.

  2. Log in to your account.

  3. In the search box, enter "beginning of activity".

  4. From the search results, select "Services > Activity > Beginning of Activity".

  5. Choose the option to "Deliver the certificate" and proceed with the registration.

On-site:

To file the self-employment registration in person at a reception desk:

  1. Visit a reception desk.

  2. Submit the self-employment registration certificate immediately upon arrival.

Looking for assistance with your self-employment or freelancer registration, as well as handling your IVA (Value Added Tax) and IRS (Income Tax) filings? Inlis Consulting is here to help you navigate through your tax needs in Portugal. Contact us today to ensure a smooth and hassle-free process. Let our experts guide you through the complexities and ensure compliance with tax regulations. Don't hesitate, to reach out to Inlis Consulting now and experience professional support tailored to your specific requirements.

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