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Portugal

Open a company in Portugal

Why open a company in Portugal?

A natural hub for trade between Europe and the Americas, Portugal has an open economy and actively seeks to attract foreign investment, with plenty of incentives available.

What are the main types of company formation in Portugal?

  • Sociedade Anónima (S.A.): public company
  • Empresa limitada (Lda): private limited liability

What are the main features of a public company?

  • Standard format for large businesses
  • Minimum share capital of €50.000
  • Minimum number of shareholders is five
  • Stringent accounting and auditing requirements

What are the main features of a private limited company?

  • The most popular format for small and medium businesses
  • Minimum number of directors is two
  • No restrictions on foreign shareholders
  • Liabilities are limited to the amount invested

Is it complicated to open a company in Portugal?

It is now much less complicated than it used to be. Portugal has streamlined its Portuguese company registration procedures in recent years, although professional advice remains absolutely essential as some of the requirements the shareholders/Directors need to visit the Country to sign paperwork, provide a Business Plan for the new Company and prove the good financial status.

What about corporation tax?

Corporation tax in Portugal is 25% plus 2.5% local tax.

Portuguese Company Formation

How easy is it to recruit staff in Portugal?

Portugal has a strong and highly developed recruitment industry. There is no shortage of well-qualified applicants for jobs, but it is important to make certain that you are dealing with a recruitment agency that you can trust. It is also worth noting that Portuguese labor laws protect the employee and it is essential to take advice before entering into a contractual arrangement.

What is the Portuguese regulatory environment like?

For centuries Portugal has relied on international trade and this is reflected today in the liberal nature of its economy. The regulatory environment is easy going, while maintaining standard EU rules. Foreign companies are free to invest as they wish, although there are limits in certain strategic sectors. There are no obstacles to capital entering the country, nor any restraint on the repatriation of profits or dividends.

What is the corporate tax rate in Portugal?

The corporate tax rate is 26.5% on profits.

How much does it cost to open a company in Portugal?

The value is € 7,500 and the services included in this amount are: opening a company in Portugal, opening a bank account and registering VAT.

Registered address for 12 months in Portugal: cost € 5,500

Are there financial incentives available?

Portugal offers generous incentives, many of them backed by EU funds, to attract foreign companies wishing to invest. Special incentives are available for large investment projects and for proposals that would impact positively on tourism, science and the environment.

How can I obtain more information about opening a company in Portugal?

Please contact us if you have questions and/or want to receive more information on opening a company in Portugal.

Support

The benefits of having your own company are virtually unlimited. Opening and managing a company with Europa Expert’s orientation is even simpler and easier. We provide all the needed support to open and manage your company in Portugal.

Services we provide
Consulting for new companies (company’s name, website, etc.)
Initial registration
Corporate documents
Bank account in Portuguese bank
Business Address and Mailbox in Portugal
Fiscal registration (VAT)
Accountancy (according to Portuguese Law)
Annual tax declaration
Virtual Office in Portugal

Portugal

Open a company in Portugal

Why open a company in Portugal?

A natural hub for trade between Europe and the Americas, Portugal has an open economy and actively seeks to attract foreign investment, with plenty of incentives available.

What are the main types of company formation in Portugal?

  • Sociedade Anónima (S.A.): public company
  • Empresa limitada (Lda): private limited liability

What are the main features of a public company?

  • Standard format for large businesses
  • Minimum share capital of €50.000
  • Minimum number of shareholders is five
  • Stringent accounting and auditing requirements

What are the main features of a private limited company?

  • The most popular format for small and medium businesses
  • Minimum number of directors is two
  • No restrictions on foreign shareholders
  • Liabilities are limited to the amount invested

Is it complicated to open a company in Portugal?

It is now much less complicated than it used to be. Portugal has streamlined its Portuguese company registration procedures in recent years, although professional advice remains absolutely essential.

What about corporation tax?

Corporation tax in Portugal is 25% plus 2.5% local tax.

Portuguese Company Formation

How easy is it to recruit staff in Portugal?

Portugal has a strong and highly developed recruitment industry. There is no shortage of well-qualified applicants for jobs, but it is important to make certain that you are dealing with a recruitment agency that you can trust. It is also worth noting that Portuguese labor laws protect the employee and it is essential to take advice before entering into a contractual arrangement.

What is the Portuguese regulatory environment like?

For centuries Portugal has relied on international trade and this is reflected today in the liberal nature of its economy. The regulatory environment is easy going, while maintaining standard EU rules. Foreign companies are free to invest as they wish, although there are limits in certain strategic sectors. There are no obstacles to capital entering the country, nor any restraint on the repatriation of profits or dividends.

What is the corporate tax rate in Portugal?

The corporate tax rate is 26.5% on profits.

How much does it cost to open a company in Portugal?

The value is € 7,500 and the services included in this amount are: opening a company in Portugal, opening a bank account and registering VAT.Registered address for 12 months in Portugal: cost € 5,500.

Are there financial incentives available?

Portugal offers generous incentives, many of them backed by EU funds, to attract foreign companies wishing to invest. Special incentives are available for large investment projects and for proposals that would impact positively on tourism, science and the environment.

How can I obtain more information about opening a company in Portugal?

Please contact us if you have questions and/or want to receive more information on opening a company in Portugal.

Support

The benefits of having your own company are virtually unlimited. Opening and managing a company with Europa Expert’s orientation is even simpler and easier. We provide all the needed support to open and manage your company in Portugal.

Services we provide
Consulting for new companies (company’s name, website, etc.)
Initial registration
Corporate documents
Bank account in Portuguese bank
Business Address and Mailbox in Portugal
Fiscal registration (VAT)
Accountancy (according to Portuguese Law)
Annual tax declaration
Virtual Office in Portugal

IN THE USA: + 1 305 824-9100 FAX: 305 675-8584  409 NW 10th Terrace Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

IN BRAZIL:  +55 11 4063-6052 FAX: 11 3957-1612 Rua Maestro Cardim, 354 – Cjs 91 e 92 Bela Vista – São Paulo/SP                                01323-000 – Brazil

IN EUROPE: +44 020 8144-5686    

 IN THE USA: + 1 305 824-9100

 FAX: 305 675-8584
 409 NW 10th Terrace
 Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 

 IN BRAZIL: +55 11 4063-6052 

 FAX: 11 3957-1612

 Rua Maestro Cardim, 354 – Cjs 91 e 92 

 Bela Vista – São Paulo/SP

 01323-000 – Brazil 

 IN EUROPE: +44 020 8144-5686 

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