When you sell a property in Portugal there is a legal obligation to file a tax return. This is regardless of whether or not there is an Capital Gains Tax to pay.

If you do not file a return then the Tax office (Financas) will make their calculation based on the information they have. Often this is incorrect and can lead to a debt where there really shouldn’t be one.

Unfortunately, when people find out about it, it is already too late as the deadline for appeal has already passed. If this is the case, you must not do anything without first seeking legal advice. What you do next is likely to have a huge effect on prospects of success of any out of time appeal that may be made.

If you’re a British citizen living in Portugal, you may be surprised to find out that the UK government is coming after you for taxes.

If you are being chased by HMRC in the UK for non-payment of tax, it’s important to understand what’s going on.

The first thing you need to know is that the HMRC in the UK will start executing your debt against your assets in England, regardless of whether or not there is an outstanding Capital Gains Tax payable.

But here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be this way. At Castelo Solicitors, our team of tax experts can help you navigate the complicated process of filing and appealing your taxes, so you can keep your assets safe and get back to enjoying life in Portugal.

Our specialist lawyers will work with you to determine if the debt is legitimate, or if it’s based on incorrect information from Financas. We’ll also give you a full understanding of your options going forward, including whether or not it makes sense for us to appeal on your behalf.

Contact one of our Portuguese Tax Appeal experts today on 020 3441 5095

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