We conclude our three-part series on the corporate tax reform in Portugal with other relevant issues that round-off a compelling effort. If there is one fault to be signaled is that the reform didn't go as far as the initial white paper had foreseen. Nevertheless, its effects are hoped to be far-reaching and turn Portugal into a tax-friendly destination for international investors.
5.- Capital gains: also exempt if the participations meet the same conditions as per inbound dividends (see our last post);
6.- Tax deduction when reinvesting profits: smes that reinvest their profits will qualify for a 10% deduction.
7.- Patent box: only 50% of income derived from licensing patents or industrial designs will be taxed as long as four conditions are met:
- IP rights must be the result of R&D activities executed by or contracted by the company;
- The licensee uses the IP rights in a commercial, industrial or agricultural activity;
- The results of use of IP rights by the licensee must not materialize in the delivery of goods or rendering of services which may be tax-deductible for the licensor;
- The licensee is not resident in a tax haven or offshore territory.
8.- Income from permanent establishments: Portuguese companies with permanent establishments may choose not to include said income as long as:
- The permanent establishment is subject to corporate tax akin to Portuguese IRC. When it is domiciled in a territory with a DTT the local corporate tax rate should be at least 60% of the 23% rate;
- The permanent establishment is not resident in a tax haven or offshore territory.
9.- Less red tape: the number of procedures associated nowadays with preparing, reporting and filing corporate tax is 68. The reform will cut over 20 procedures.