Last week, the British journalist Martin Bryant revealed through his blog that he has brought a class action before the High Court of England and Wales representing seven million guests residing in England and Wales. The purpose was to obtain compensation due to the loss of control of personal data suffered as a result of a data breach which took place between 2014 and 2018, through which there was unauthorized access to the reservation database of the Starwood Group (since acquired by the Marriott Group), including, inter alia, passport numbers, dates of birth and possibly credit card details.
The Portuguese Official Gazette (Diário da República) has published the Resolution of the Council of Ministers nº 70-A/2020 declaring the contingency situation throughout national mainland territory and ordering the adoption and, in some cases, renewal of exceptional measures for combatting COVID-19. These measures include changes in the remote work regime and how work is organized, which will be in force as from September 15, 2020.
The new model forms 21-RFI, 22-RFI, 23-RFI and 24-RFI, which are required for the application of international double taxation conventions, were approved by Dispatch No 8363/2020 of 31 August 2020.
It has been published in the official website of the Portuguese Tax Authority, the new postponement of the deadline to comply with the obligation to prepare and submit the transfer pricing file, to which large taxpayers are subject, under article 130, no. 3, of the Corporate Income Tax (“IRC”) Code, to September 15th, 2020 (in line with the postponement of the submission of the IES/DA).
The Government approved some legislative changes regarding SAF-T (PT) accounting file and reporting obligation on the establishments where invoices are issued through Decree-Law no. 48/2020, of 28 August. We highlight below the principal measures.
In order to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Portuguese Government approved, by Law no. 29/2020 of 31 July, three more fiscal measures to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises
IRC periodic return (Model 22) can be submitted and corresponding tax can be paid until today, without any penalty, as decided by the Portuguese Government, by Order 296/2020XXII, given the constraints presented by companies and accountants in the context of the pandemic Covid-19.
We outline below the exceptional measures that have successively been adopted to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal on payments on account and additional payments on account.
We recall that this obligation has been implemented by the SIMPLEX+ Programme in article 34 of Decree-Law no. 28/2019, of 15 February. Initially this obligation had to be fulfilled until 30/06/2019, later extended to 30/06/2020 by Order no. 4/2019-XXII-SEAF, of October 30.
In the context of the extraordinary measures adopted to minimize the impact of new coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Portuguese economy, the Secretary of State for Tax Affairs, through Order no. 258/2020-XXII, of 16 June, decided to extend the deadline of the first payment on account due by taxpayers who obtain professional and business income (category B) from July 20 to August 31, without the application of any penalties.