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Accounting Services in Portugal

Updated on Saturday 16th July 2022

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A good accounting is a vital organizational element for any successful business. It helps you hold the record of transactions, to manage your documents, and to develop your company. All the accounting services give an entrepreneur the basis for the analysis of the business trajectory and further decisions. Our company formation agents in Portugal can help you register a company in Portugal at any time. Besides that, our advisors can provide you with complete accounting services.
 Quick Facts  
Who requires accounting services in Portugal

Companies with commercial activities in Portugal

Applicable accounting legislation

- Portuguese Accounting Standards

- International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

Types of accounting services we offer

- bookkeeping,

- payroll,

- annual financial statements,

- tax returns,

- debt monitoring

Tax advice and compliance (YES/NO) Yes
We offer support for tax registration


Financial planning for company owners On request
Risk assessment and evaluation

On request

Types of audit services

- internal,

- external,

- financial,

- compliance,

- operational

Tax minimization methods available

- tax credit planning,

- charities,

- retirement plans,

- selling investments that lost their value

Personalized financial consultancy services On request
Investment consultancy for high-net-worth individuals

Dedicated plans on request

Financial and analysis reports for companies

If solicited

Human resources services available (YES/NO)


Expertise provided by certified accountants (YES/NO)


Free case evaluation for companies (YES/NO)



What is covered by accounting services in Portugal?


Since the very beginning, when forming a company in Portugal, you will need as well to keep the record of the profits and losses of the company and to fill several reports annually. This would be only one example, followed by many others, of what an accounting service can do for you.
The problem of tax planning and compliance is another issue in which you need to use the accounting services in Portugal, for a newly incorporated company. Most of the accounting activities are regular, such as: billing, bank account management and contract management. This constitutes a strong reason for which good accounting services in Portugal are needed, in order to serve in the administration of your business. The professionality of the service is vital and you must choose an accounting service which is transparent and correct. Otherwise, the growth strategies of your recently opened business in Portugal could be delayed or even endangered.
An international legal entity opening a company in Portugal for the first time, might encounter several differences in the mandatory legal requirements stipulated by law. An accounting service will help you in adapting or extending the business to the new legal context and will provide audit. Here is an infographic with extra details:
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Bookkeeping services

Bookkeeping refers to the verification and control of payable and receivable accounts of a company with activities in Portugal. Besides these, the cash management, banking operations, the issuance of invoices, and effecting payroll are part of essential bookkeeping services. It is important to note that all the financial activities and records of a company in Portugal enter the attention of an accountant, alongside petty cash books, journals, income statements, daybooks, and many more. If you would like to know more about the bookkeeping services we can offer for your company, please do not hesitate to talk to our specialists. Our team of accountants in Portugal is at your disposal from the beginning of your company.

Payroll services in Portugal – What you need to know

Another important aspect of accounting rules and regulations refer to the payroll services. The distribution of electronic payroll records, payroll tax calculations, salary calculation are part of the payroll services. There are numerous companies in Portugal that benefit from the services of an accounting firm. These are externalized services that come with a series of benefits and often the choice of company owners who do not want to create an accounting department. Domestic and foreign entrepreneurs interested in starting a business in Portugal should contact us for complete support and guidance. We can handle the registration process of companies in Portugal and we can also provide complete accounting services. Find below a video presentation about the services we offer:

Do I need tax minimization solutions for my company in Portugal?

Yes, if you would like to cut the amount of taxes in the company, you might be interested in a series of tax minimization tools offered by our accountants in Portugal. For instance, paying the credits in advance might be a suitable option, or creating a charity. Having a retirement plan can also be an excellent option and part of the tax minimization solutions for your firm in Portugal. Our experts will attentively analyze the financial status in the firm and then propose a few tax minimization tools, suitable for your business. We are at your disposal if you need help in this direction.

FAQ about accounting in Portugal

1. Should I choose externalized accounting services in Portugal?
Yes, hiring an accounting firm for your company in Portugal is a great option if you are looking for professional and transparent services. All the financial aspects of the firm can be properly and correctly handled by a team of experienced accountants in Portugal
2. Can I receive payroll and bookkeeping services for my company in Portugal?
Yes, payroll and bookkeeping services are important aspects part of general accounting matters. We mention that our team of accountants in Portugal respect the local and general accounting rules.
3. Can I get help with tax registration and compliance in Portugal?
Yes, our team of advisors can help you register the company for tax purposes in Portugal. Then, all the tax calculations and related aspects will enter the attention of our consultants with experience in this important area.
4. Are annual financial statements important?
Yes, the annual financial statements must be submitted to the entitled authorities in charge of company verification in this sector. Such documents are extremely important and comprise all the financial information of your firm in Portugal.
5. How do I choose an experienced accountant in Portugal?
An experienced accountant in Portugal needs to be a Certified Public Accountant, and such information is normally provided by the Portuguese Chartered Accountants Association (OCC) that has more than 69,000 members, among which, our advisors too. OCC is part of prestigious local and international associations and agencies in the accounting field.

What to consider when choosing the accounting services in Portugal

First check the testimonials of the accountant’s clients that you want to work with. Further on you can check at the relevant institutions whether your accountant is chartered or certified. It is also a central aspect to look for an accountant that is proactive, who keeps you informed on the changes in legislation which are important for your business. A good accounting service will also use good accounting computer programs, for more efficient bookkeeping and tax planning.

Making investments in Portugal

Without any questions, Portugal is a great business choice for local and international entrepreneurs who want to generate money in this part of Europe. With great port openings to the Atlantic Ocean for business and commercial affairs, Portugal is quite interested in the eyes of entrepreneurs of any kind. We have gathered some facts and figures about the economy in Portugal that you might find it useful:
  • the latest figures show that the total FDI stock for 2019 in Portugal was of around USD 161,6 billion;
  • the 2020 Doing Business report issued by the World Bank ranks Portugal 39th out of 190 economies in the world;
  • Luxembourg, Spain, UK, and the Netherlands are the main investors in Portugal;
  • about 6,100 new jobs were created in 2018 in Portugal, due to a series of FDI business projects.
Our experts in company formation in Portugal are willing to help you choose the most suitable accounting services for your business taking into consideration the number of your employees and the specific requirements of your company, so don’t hesitate to contact us.  

Meet us in Lisbon


Call us now at +351 21 020 0969  to set up an appointment with Federico Richardson, the head of Lexidy Law Boutique SLP. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Portugal. As our client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Furthermore we offer you the following:

- cost-efficiency: competitive company formation prices;

- prompt response to your inquiry (maxim 24 hours);

- free and complete legal information featured on our site, at your disposal.

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The team from CompanyFormationPortugal.com is very qualified and benefits from extensive expertise in this area. I would definitely recommend them to any entrepreneur decided to start his own business here.

Mihai Cuc, Partner of
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