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Is there cash assistance available? Who is eligible? How does someone apply?

Those with this temporary protection status have the right to taxpayer, social security and National Health Service numbers, which in turn grant them access to various national services and the Portuguese labour market.

This includes payments of:

  • Social Integration Income (RSI) โ€“ โ‚ฌ189,66 for 1st adult, โ‚ฌ132,76 for each remaining adult and โ‚ฌ94,83 for each child.
  • Family Allowance for Children and Young People โ€“ depends on family composition, annual income and child's age.
  • Prenatal Family Allowance (*for pregnant women) โ€“ โ‚ฌ149,85.

You can apply for a temporary protection in Portugal via this website or in one of the four National Centres for Migrant Integration Support (CNAIMs), located in Porto, Lisbon, Beja and Faro. Support can also be requested at the Local Support Centres for the Integration of Migrants (CLAIMs), of which there are more than 140 across the country.

You can apply for financial support at the offices of the Social Security Institute (ISS) on this site .

How do I set up a bank account?

After you get temporary protection digital certificate, you can contact any bank institution in order to open a bank account. Almost all the banks have special offers with reduced maintenance commissions (conta de serviรงos mรญnimos bancรกrios).

Here you can find a full list of active banks in Portugal.

How do I withdraw cash or exchange my currencies?

Cash is usually withdrawn from automatic teller machines(ATMs) at bank branches.

There are also many ATMs where you can withdraw cash. Those are usually located in shopping centres, large urban centres and historic centres in small towns.

If you need to change your money to โ‚ฌ, you will be able to do so at exchange points, at various banks, and at the majority of hotels and travel agencies.

How do I pay taxes in a country?

After you register as a Portuguese tax resident you must pay personal income tax on your earnings.

Most workers pay taxes automatically through their payslips, but everyone must still complete an annual tax return.

Portuguese income taxes apply to earnings in the following six categories:

  • A: Employment income;
  • B: Self-employment income;
  • E: Investment income;
  • F: Rental income from properties let in Portugal;
  • G: Capital gains from selling properties, assets, or shares;
  • H: Pensions in Portugal, including private pension plans;

You can find more information here .

If I already work remotely, how should I pay my taxes?

If you stay for more than 183 days in Portugal, you will become a tax resident. In that case, you must file a tax return and pay your taxes in Portugal.

How to avoid double taxation?

There is an ingenious, but not perfect, solution โ€” to prove to the tax authority of the state in which the citizen does not plan to pay taxes that he is a resident of another country where he fulfills this duty.

A natural person has such a right, as Ukraine has valid conventions and treaties on the avoidance of double taxation with 73 countries of the world. Among them are almost all European countries, as well as the USA and Canada. According to these conventions, Ukrainians who pay taxes in Ukraine have the right to avoid taxation in the country of residence.

If such a situation arises in which a citizen falls under the criteria of a tax resident of Ukraine and at the same time another state defines him as its resident, he has the right to contact the tax authorities of the country of residence and make a request to the Ukrainian tax authorities to confirm that he pays taxes.

That is, in order to prevent double taxation, it is necessary to determine the resident status of an individual and, if necessary, obtain a document that will confirm it. But this may require the help of specialists - tax consultants or lawyers. Specialists advise in advance to collect evidence of the presence of a center of economic interests in Ukraine (if you plan to pay taxes only in Ukraine).

Among them may be:

  • certificate of payment of taxes in Ukraine;
  • certificate of tax resident of Ukraine (soon to be available in electronic form);
  • actual place of registration in Ukraine;
  • evidence of the presence of an individual entrepreneur registered in Ukraine (registration documents and tax declarations);
  • certificates of current accounts in Ukrainian banks;
  • certificates about the child's attendance at educational institutions in Ukraine;
  • receipts for the payment of utility bills.

If a citizen of Ukraine is recognized as a resident of Ukraine, but paid taxes in another country, the taxes paid can be credited in Ukraine. But if a person does not meet the criteria of a resident of Ukraine, it allows to change the tax resident status and consider another country as the place of tax payment.

It is important to check the registration of a natural person as a subject of entrepreneurial activity in the Unified State Register. Even if the activity has not been carried out for a long time, but the registration has not been terminated, this is a criterion for recognizing a person as a resident of Ukraine, which is accompanied by the obligation to pay taxes on income received abroad in Ukraine.

Being a citizen of Ukraine, but a tax NON-resident, you will still have to pay taxes in Ukraine for some types of income:

  • when receiving inheritance and gifts from persons who are not relatives of the 1st and 2nd degrees of kinship;
  • when receiving an investment profit;
  • when selling/leasing immovable and movable property to a natural person.

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How can I send money back to Ukraine?

You can transfer money from Portugal to Ukraine via an international transfer or money transfer at a corresponding provider or a bank.

For an international transfer at the bank you have to fill out a special form and usually pay fees. Other special money transfer providers (e.g. Western Union, Moneygram, Wise, Revolut, Paypal) are often a cheaper and faster alternative.