Portugal introduces VAT cash accounting

Sat 18th May 2013

From 1 October 2013, Portuguese small companies will be allowed to submit VAT returns on a cash-paid basis.  This will help improve their cash flow risks, and is common across much of the rest of the European Union.

Businesses with a turnover below €500,000 per annum can pay their Portuguese Value Added Tax only when they have actually received payment for any invoice issued.  This contrasts with the accruals basis, whereby companies must declare and pay the VAT on their sales invoices even if they have not yet received payment.

The measure is intended to provide an economic boost to struggling small companies.  It will be on offer to over 300,000 businesses.