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How to get a Business NIF (NIPC) without having to open a company in Portugal

Establishing a legal presence in Portugal can be a challenge, especially if you represent a foreign company interested in carrying out one-off activities in the country. An interesting alternative is to obtain a business Tax Identification Number (NIF) without having to open a company in Portugal. In Portugal, the corporate NIF is called NIPC – Número de Identificação de Pessoa colectiva.

In this article, we will explore this process and how an experienced lawyer in the field can facilitate the process can facilitate this path remotely.

1. Isolated Acts and Temporary Activities in Portugal

Requesting permission to carry out isolated acts, such as opening a bank account, is a viable option. However, it is crucial to understand that the company cannot intend to engage in internal trade or carry out commercial activities in Portugal.

2. Identification of the Foreign Entity not operating in Portugal

The identification of a foreign entity with no activity in Portugal can be done through the Central Registry of Legal Entities. The National Registry of Legal Persons (RNPC) issues a certificate containing essential information such as identification number, company name, nationality and details of the isolated act or activity planned in Portugal for less than 1 year. This document is fundamental to the subsequent process.

3. Documents Required to Apply for a Business TIN

  • Own form(Model 2) filled in and signed by the entity’s representative, lawyer or solicitor.
  • Identification of the representative for tax purposes, required if the foreign company has its headquarters in a country outside the European Union
  • Photocopy of an up-to-date document proving the legal existence of the organization in the country of origin, accompanied by a translation, if applicable.
  • Proof of the position or capacity of the person submitting the request (lawyer, partner, manager, managing partner, etc.)
  • Fee payment of €50.

4. Internet registration process

For greater convenience, you can apply online via ePortugal. If any clarifications or steps are required, the IRN will contact you to carry out the act.

How an experienced lawyer can make the process easier

If you are considering starting the process of obtaining a business NIF in Portugal, having the assistance of an experienced lawyer can make all the difference. With extensive experience and knowledge of the legal nuances and bureaucratic procedures, Dr. Vivian offers specialized support to simplify and speed up the process.

How an experienced lawyer can help:

Remote Assistance: Even if you are outside Portugal, you can take care of the process through a power of attorney from the foreign company concerned.

Specialized Guidance: An experienced lawyer in the field can offer specific guidance on the requirements, documentation needed and steps to be followed to ensure a successful application.

Documentation Management: Dealing with paperwork can be challenging. The specialist lawyer will be able to help you organize and prepare the necessary documents, ensuring that everything is in order.

Representation before Authorities: The lawyer acts as a representative, handling procedures with the relevant authorities to ensure a smooth application.

Clarity on costs: Be clear on the costs associated with the services right from the start. It’s important to look for a professional who acts with clarity and transparency.

Next steps

When looking for a business TIN in Portugal, the solution of practicing an isolated act can be an excellent strategy for your case. Few entrepreneurs are aware of this possibility and unnecessarily bear the cost of setting up and maintaining a company in Portugal. There are entrepreneurs who miss out on business opportunities because they are not aware that they can have a business NIF in Portugal. This is the case for business clients who only need to have a bank account in Portugal or a supporting business address that is located in European territory, but do not wish to set up a company abroad. With the practice of the isolated act, it is possible.

With the expertise of an experienced lawyer in the field, the process becomes simpler and can be conducted remotely, ensuring compliance with local regulations.

To take the next step towards legality in Portugal, don’t hesitate to rely on the specialized services of an experienced lawyer in the field.

If you are interested in starting this process or would like more information, please contact .

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