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Importance of shopping around online for Expat services


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Hello my fellow Expats. A quick cautionary tale, I wanted info regarding applying for the NHR and wanted to use a local business in my area (Nazare - Alcobaça)  I won't mention any names but to start with they wanted €200 to have a consultation to tell me what services they offered and the cost of each service.  I thought that was a bit rich and advised them that it should be on their web page as standard customer information. Anyway I got a follow up email quoting me €1000 to make the NHR application on my behalf. Needless to say I didn't take them up on the offer. My point is there will always be people looking to rip off Expats who are relying on others to help guide them thru the various processes. Please just do a bit of research online there are many wonderful and helpful Portuguese businesses who charge a fair rate for their expertise and services.  A good starting point is the Business Directory on Expats Portugal.

 

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Posted by: @berryman

Anyway I got a follow up email quoting me €1000 to make the NHR application on my behalf.

Flipping heck, it shouldn't take anyone more than 10 minutes to apply for it on the Portal das Finanças website.

https://info.portaldasfinancas.gov.pt/pt/apoio_contribuinte/Folhetos_informativos/Documents/Non_regular_residents_Registration_for_tax_purposes.pdf

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@old-bloke "Flipping Heck" indeed, though i used another word starting with "F" followed by "Hell"  🤣

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I paid 400 euros for 2 people for NHR. But they offered so much free help with everything else, appointments for residency, driving licence exchanges, etc. They were very good in the dark days we moved here.
I used All Finance Matters in Tavira.
I got the NIFs for free by visiting the local financas after making appointments by emailing them!

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@itexpert7 Thanks for the tip have them bookmarked now.

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@Berryman Thanks for your comments regarding our business directory. We do try to select suppliers based on their service levels, reputation and value for money and we constantly monitor their performance based on the feedback we receive from our members. It is not unknown for us to drop a supplier based on negative feedback. 

Also worth mentioning here that as our Premium Member, you are entitled to a free consultation with All Finance Matters one of our highly recommended suppliers!

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Thanks Gerry have got them earmarked, for future use. 

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