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Anyone living in PT and working remotely in another country?

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I'm new here.

I'm looking for anyone who moved from another country permanently to Portugal and continues to work remotely as an employee of the same company in the country of origin.

In general, I'm looking for insight into the problems encountered in this situation when you keep your contract as an employee, like taxes and social security.
Disregarding the residency issue, which I don't have a problem with because I'm a Portuguese citizen,

In particular:
1. did you continue to contribute to the Social Security in the companies country?
2. did your employer have to register as an employer in Portugal?
3. were you eligible for the NHR regime?

More details about my situation:
I'm a Portuguese and Canadian citizen, have been living in Canada for 12 years, currently working from home for 3 years.
My employer allowed me to move to Portugal and continue to work for them, which is fantastic, because I love my job, yet I would like my kids to grow up in Portugal.
I would also like to keep contributing towards my Canadian pension, and keep other employee benefits like employee stock options.

However, I'm contacting some accounting firms in Portugal to help me prepare for my future tax situation.
I'm learning that I might have to do a new contract with the employer, and the employer needs to be registered in Portugal.

So I would like to hear from someone who is in a similar situation, to see what their experience was.

I appreciate the insight,


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I really appreciate you taking the time to respond and the insight you provided. Thank you.

I'm looking for similar examples because first, I'm trying to validate if this is even possible, and second, for the simple reason that I don't know, what I don't know. So I might be asking the wrong questions when seeking formal advice.

For example in your point 2, I didn't realize that paying the employer part was even an option, so now I'm going to make sure that I explore that with an accountant.

In your case were you eligible for NHR and was your salary taxed in Portugal at the NHR rate while still an employee of the foreign company?

And is there someone you've dealt with which you would recommend for my case?

Thanks again,




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@livinginptworkingforca We are working with for our Portugal taxes.

Some countries have a social security agreement as part of their tax treaties. I know the US and Portugal do since I looked into it. 

NHR is for anyone that has not been a tax resident in Portugal for the previous 5 years. 

Your salary as far as NHR will need to fall into a specific category. AFM can advise.

Your employer is in a bind I believe if you are not a Canadian citizen and resident. The US is different since they tax you regardless as a citizen. I remember an expat having issues with Canada after becoming a legal resident of Portugal. You definitely need Canada specific tax advice.


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