Social Security

Insights into what is involved in buying, selling & living in Portugal

Social Security for self-employed in Spain

Who must pay social security in Spain? If you work in Spain, you must pay Spanish taxes and register with the Spanish Social Security service. This registration is valid for life. You also pay contributions into the Spanish social security system in order to access its benefits. As a general rule, you must be employed and be paying contributions in order to be covered for illness, injuries, and accidents at work, unemployment, and maternity and paternity leave. Read more →

Rights of a sole trader

Currently there are approximately 800,000 independent workers registered in Portugal. Being your own boss has its advantages. However, you need to pay careful attention since the contributions and tax payments are made by you, rather than by a company. In recent years, the self-employed have gained more and more rights. Nowadays, as occurs with salaried employees, these workers have achieved entitlement to protection in many situations, such as parenting, illness or unemployment. Read more →

New law for independent workers

New Social Security contributory scheme for independent workers The revamped Social Security contributory plan for sole traders has been passed into law. Under the new regime, the deductions applicable to the self-employed will be based on the average income of the previous trimester, rather than the preceding year. The first declaration under the new rules will take place in January 2019, based on the earnings of the last quarter of 2018. Read more →

The Portuguese social security system

The social security ( segurança social or caixa) system in Portugal is administered by the state and, in principle, applies to all individuals working in Portugal, either as employees or self-employed. It provides benefits for health care, sickness, retirement, disability, death and old age, maternity, paternity and adoption. Both employers and employees must register and make contributions. Read more →

The Portuguese social security system

The social security ( segurança social or caixa) system in Portugal is administered by the state and, in principle, applies to all individuals working in Portugal, either as employees or self-employed. It provides benefits for health care, sickness, retirement, disability, death and old age, maternity, paternity and adoption. Both employers and employees must register and make contributions. Read more →