Corporate - Significant developments

Last reviewed - 19 February 2024

December 2023

2024 State Budget Law published

Law 82/2023, of 29 December, approves the 2024 State Budget Law. Download PwC Portugal’s analysis for details.

October 2023

2024 State Budget Law proposal

The 2024 State Budget Law proposal was submitted to the Parliament on 10 October 2023. Download PwC Portugal's newsletter for details on the proposal.

“Mais Habitação” Programme

Law 56/2023, of 6 October, published in the Official Gazette, enacts the "Mais-Habitação" Programme. It includes:

  • establishment of support for the promotion of affordable rental housing;
  • development of a New Generation of Cooperativism for the Promotion of Affordable Housing;
  • definition of exceptional and transitional rules regarding the rent amounts in new lease agreements, subsequent to agreements entered into in the past five years;
  • definition of mechanisms to protect tenants with lease agreements prior to 1990 and to guarantee fair compensation for the landlord;
  • integration of the special eviction procedure and of injunction in tenancy matters into the Balcão do Arrendatário e do Senhorio, in order to simplify and optimize its operation and strengthen the parties' guarantees;
  • approval of several tax measures to stimulate and to support renting activity;
  • to stimulate the transfer of short-term rentals’ apartments (local lodgment – “AL”) to residential long-term lease agreements;
  • creation of an extraordinary contribution on apartments and accommodation establishments integrated into AL buildings;
  • revocation of residence permits for real estate investment activities (i.e., termination of the golden visa program for real estate activities);
  • extension of the scope of situations exempted from prior supervision by the Court of Auditors.

For more details, see here the analysis by PwC Portugal.

May 2023

Amendment to tax benefits, new tax regime for stock option plans, and legal framework of start-ups and scale-ups

Law 21/2023, of 25 May 2023, amends the tax regime for research and development (R&D) or SIFIDE II (see the Tax credits and incentives section for details) and establishes a new tax regime for stock options (see Portugal's Individual tax summary and the PwC Portugal Tax Flash for more details). 

The law also establishes the legal framework applicable to start-ups, scale-ups, and business angels.


A legal person that meets all the following requirements:

  • Carries out its activity for less than 10 years.
  • Employs less than 250 workers.
  • Whose annual turnover is not more than 50 million euros (EUR).
  • Does not result from a transformation or demerger of a large company.
  • Whose majority of the share capital is not held directly or indirectly by a large company.
  • Has its head office or permanent representation in Portugal or at least 25 workers herein.
  • Meets one of the following conditions:
    1. Is an innovative company with high growth potential, with innovative business model, products, or services (as defined under the applicable legislation) or granted recognition by the competent authority in the field of R&D activities or certification of companies in the technological sector.
    2. Concluded at least one round of venture capital funded by an entity subject to the supervision of the Portuguese Securities Market Commission (or similar international entity) or through equity or quasi-equity instruments by certified business angels (real estate corporations are excluded).
    3. Received investment from the Portuguese promotion bank, or other related entities.

The qualification as a start-up is subject to prior recognition by the competent authority.


Any legal person that does not meet the requirements in (i), (ii), or (iii) above but meets all the remainder requirements is eligible to obtain Tech Visa certification under the applicable legislation. The qualification as a scale-up is subject to prior recognition by the competent authority.

Business angels

Any natural person that invests in start-ups, contributing to strengthen their financial capacity and experience and knowledge of the market.

Any legal person that meets all of the following requirements:

  • Is held (majority ownership with management control) by a business angel who is a natural person.
  • Whose investment policy includes acquiring equity instruments and third-party investments in companies with high growth potential, aiming at benefiting from the respective valuation.
  • Qualify as micro, small, or medium companies (PMEs) and invest only in PMEs.
  • Whose capitalisation is at least 15% made by a business angel.
  • Is legally incorporated and duly authorised to carry out its activity in Portugal.

Amendments to tax benefits

Law 20/2023, of 17 May 2023, published in the Official Gazette, amends several tax benefits, of which we highlight: