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Portugal, renowned for its alluring blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes, has also been a magnet for expatriates seeking favourable tax conditions. Central to this allure has been the Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) tax regime. However, as 2024 approaches, significant changes are set to reshape this popular program. This article delves into what these changes entail and how they might impact potential and current expatriates in Portugal.

Understanding the NHR Tax Regime Changes

Current Beneficiaries Unaffected: If you’re already enjoying the benefits of the NHR status by the end of 2023, there’s good news. Your benefits, including the flat 20% tax rate on certain Portuguese income and exemptions on specific foreign incomes, will continue till the end of the 10-year period.

Shift for New Applicants: The year 2024 marks a pivot from the traditional NHR benefits. New applicants will see the introduction of a tax incentive focused on scientific research and innovation, signaling Portugal’s commitment to fostering these sectors.

The New Focus of the NHR Program
The reformulated program aims to attract professionals in the research and innovation domains, reflecting a strategic shift in Portugal’s economic vision. This move is not just a change in tax policy but a step towards aligning Portugal’s expatriate attraction policies with its broader economic goals.
What Does This Mean for Expatriates?
For those contemplating a move to Portugal, understanding these changes is crucial. While the NHR regime’s traditional tax benefits will no longer be available to new applicants, the country continues to offer a welcoming environment for expatriates, especially for those contributing to innovative and research fields.
Visualizing the Change
To illustrate these changes, let’s picture two scenarios:

Scenario A
John, a British retiree who gained NHR status in 2023, continues to enjoy his tax benefits till 2033.
Scenario B
Emily, a researcher moving to Portugal in 2024, applies under the new regime, benefiting from incentives tailored to her profession.
Navigating the Future
Portugal’s charm goes beyond tax benefits. Its quality of life, culture, and community continue to draw people from across the globe. Understanding the evolving NHR tax regime is key to making informed decisions for anyone considering Portugal as their new home.

About the Author
Vlad Vishnyakov, with a background in IT and law, has been deeply involved in project management and expat relocation services in Portugal. He is an expert at, offering insights into the impacts of legal and policy changes on expatriates.