They charge that much because people from countries where everything a lawyer does for you is expensive either don’t know how to do it themselves, or are unable to find a ‘how-to’ on the web, or haven’t yet searched forums for recommendations to low cost companies or accountants who do it for MUCH less. The guide from Finanças you linked to is all anyone needs.
Yes, I will do that by myself as well, because many accountants tried to rip me off.
Even if I maybe no need it, because I have really low earnings, maybe in future it will be useful for me.
I really appreciate this answer.
My question is, when I declare my taxes I can choose to declare on normal rate or NHR ?
I finally got to apply and got “Deferido” already which means accepted. It’s really easy to do, just search for “Residente Não Habitual” → Entregar Pedido, put the year in which you’ve started as a freelancer (if it’s 2021, you got until 31st March 2022 to do it, if you started in 2022, you got until 31st March 2023 to apply), make sure the activity code with which you started the activity is NHR-eligeble, and that’s it.
The requirement is that you haven’t been a Portuguese fiscal resident in the past 5 years, and, if you are since last year, you’d have until the 31st March of this year to apply. Are you a fiscal resident on PT? If so, since when?
sure you can easily do it by yourself following this guideline, I did it and got it in one week , but note as I posted previously my wife’s application is held still on Indeferido “proyecto de decisao” because she left portugal in 1994 and never changed her address and never came back to Portugal until 2022, however she did not answer the mail from AT Tax Authority on time where they insist she was here during the past 5 years and now we have made several attempts showing our official translated residence permit in China but so far no luck, we even submitted the famous form to retroactively change her address. so seems like we will need legal help +/- 500 euros !