Portugal Simplifies Non-EU Travelers Exemptions

The Portuguese Tax Authority (Autoridade Tributaria) has issued a new procedure intended to simplify the exemption applicable to purchases made by non-EU travelers visiting Portugal. Diploma-Decree 185/2017 establishes a new electronic system called Simplex +, which is intended to simplify the application of the VAT exemptions for such travelers, reduce their administrative waiting time, and combat VAT fraud . The measure is part of a program intended to boost Portugal’s standing as a tourist destination in Europe.

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Ramon Frias

Ramon is a Tax Counsel on the Regulatory Analysis team at Sovos. He is licensed to practice law in the Dominican Republic and is a member of the Dominican Bar Association. He has a Certificate Degree from Harvard University as well as a J.D. from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo. Ramon has written a number of essays about tax administration and has won the first prize in the international essays contest sponsored by the Inter American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT). Prior to joining Sovos, Ramon worked for more than 10 years in the Department of Revenue of the Dominican Republic where he served as Deputy Director. He is proficient in French and Spanish.
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