National minimum wage:
- Increase of 40 euros, settling at 705 euros.
Civil Service Salary:
- Increase of 0.24% for pensions above 2659 euros (6 IAS), 0.49% for pensions between this value and 886 euros (2 and 6 IAS), and 1% for pensions below 886 euros (2 IAS ). The Social Support Index is also updated, which will be 443 euros.
- Retirement age rises to 66 years and seven months.
- Changes to the table of about 100 medical acts enter into force. The changes affect mainly the tables of surgery and medicine, which include some means of diagnosis and therapy, acts of gynecology, obstetrics (delivery), urology, pathological anatomy and certain situations of radiological and nursing exams.
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- Rents will rise 0.43% in 2022, after being frozen in 2021, confirmed a notice from the INE – National Statistics Institute, published in October, representing an increase of about 43 cents for every 100 euros of income.
- The update coefficient of 0.43% for rural and urban lease contracts for 2022, published in Diário da República, takes place after the freeze last year, following a negative variation in the price index, and increases of 0.51 % in 2020, 1.15% in 2019, 1.12% in 2018, 0.54% in 2017 and 0.16% in 2016.
- The price of electricity for households in the regulated market will rise by an average of 0.2% as of today, announced the Regulatory Authority for Energy Services (ERSE), on December 15th.
- “For consumers who remain in the regulated market (which represent 5% of total consumption and 915 thousand customers), or who, being in the free market, have opted for a similar rate, the average annual variation of transitory rates for sales to final customers in low voltage is 0.2%”, indicated at the time, in a statement, the regulator.
- Even so, noted the ERSE, in January 2022, consumers will see an average drop of 3.4% compared to prices in force in December of the current year.
- Social tariff consumers will benefit from a 33.8% discount on sales tariffs to end customers.
- In the liberalized market, EDP Comercial’s electricity tariffs will rise by an average of 2.4% in 2022, which corresponds to an increase in household bills of around 90 cents per month, reflecting the rise in energy costs.
- Endesa, in turn, will maintain electricity prices for families and small businesses, an official source at the energy trader in the liberalized market told Lusa.
- In turn, Galp will increase electricity prices as of today, an increase of around 2.7 euros a month for the most representative contracted powers, informed an official company source to Lusa.
- The price of public transport that will take effect from today is updated by 0.57%, according to the Mobility and Transport Authority (AMT).
- On the other hand, the prices of social passes in Porto will remain unchanged in 2022, according to the president of the Porto Metropolitan Area (AMP), Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues.
- The single passes Navegante, Municipal and Metropolitano will maintain their value next year, at 30 and 40 euros, respectively, announced Transportes Metropolitanos de Lisboa (TML).
- The price of mandatory inspection of light vehicles increases to 31.80 euros and that of heavy vehicles to 47.59 euros as of today, according to a decision published in the Diário da República.
- The increase in tariffs for technical inspections of road vehicles, provided for in a decision by the Institute for Mobility and Transport, takes effect from January 1, 2022 and was based on the latest update by the INE of the inflation rate (without housing), referring to November 2021, with an average annual rate of change (without housing) of 0.99%.
- The determination presents the base value for light vehicles of 25.85 euros, plus VAT at 23%.
- The base tariff for heavy vehicles rises to 38.69 euros, plus VAT, for motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles to 13.02 euros and for trailers and semi-trailers to 25.85 euros.
- The base fee for the re-inspection of inspections increases to 6.48 euros, the allocation or replacement of registrations to 64.53 euros, the extraordinary fee to 90.25 euros and the issuance of a duplicate of the inspection form/certificate to 2.43 euros.
- Nowo’s official source told Lusa that, “for next year , no price updates are planned” by the electronic communications operator.
- Meo, from Altice Portugal, “will update the base price of the monthly fee in tariffs/packages, with effect on January 1, 2022, according to the contractual conditions”, said an official source.
- The remaining operators have not yet made their decision known.
- The social Internet tariff, aimed at low-income consumers, will come into force at 6.15 euros (VAT included). In terms of service levels, a monthly package of 15 GB is planned [Gigabyte]” and in terms of ‘download’ and ‘upload’ speed of 12 Mbps [megabit por segundo] and 2 Mbps, respectively.
- The price of tolls on motorways is expected to increase by 1.84% in 2022, taking into account the year-on-year inflation rate, excluding housing for October, released by the National Statistics Institute (INE).
- In 2020 and 2021, toll prices were unchanged, after four consecutive years of increases: in 2019, tolls on motorways increased by 0.98%, after increases of 1.42% in 2018, from 0.84% in 2017 and of 0.62% in 2016.
- In turn, Brisa Concession Rodoviária announced that 28 of the 93 toll rates applied to class 1 will increase this year, justifying the increase with the year-on-year inflation rate.
- According to the company, 28 of the 93 toll rates applied in class 1 (30% of the total) will be updated, “and in most routes with a higher frequency of motorists or to a greater extent, the impact will be small”, he said in statement, adding that its toll rates will register in 2022 “an average update of 1.57%”.
- Brisa points out that toll prices remained unchanged in 2020 and 2021 and that the last update, in 2019, had a coefficient of 0.88%.
- The main long distance routes with increases will be the A2 between Lisbon and Algarve, with an additional 0.35 euros, A1 between Lisbon and Porto, with an additional 0.20 euros, and A6, between Marateca and Caia, also with more 0.20 euros.
- Among the main urban routes with a high frequency of motorists, the biggest increase will be on the A3 between Porto and Valença, which will cost an additional 0.25 euros.
- The sub-stretch between Maia and Santo Tirso, on the A3, the A5, Lisbon and Cascais, and the A4, between Porto and Amarante, will have an upgrade of 0.05 euros.
- The surcharge to the Petroleum Products Tax (ISP) rate for gasoline and diesel – which the consumer pays each time he refills the car deposit – will remain in force next year, in the amount of 0.007 euros per liter for the petrol and 0.0035 euros per liter for diesel and colored and marked diesel.
- To date, Novo Banco, Santander Totta and BCP have already announced increases in bank fees and/or products for 2022, and it is expected that the other banks will have similar initiatives, having to communicate them to customers 90 days in advance.
- Some tobacco increases by 0.32% due to the increase in non-adhesive stamps on tobacco packs. These seals – a role of the INCM, which attests to the legality of the product – are only enlarged for the non-sticker version, so it will only enlarge the packs that have them.
- Income from salaries and pensions of up to 710 euros gross monthly no longer pays withholding tax.
- As for the withholding tax tables, for 2022 there was a slight decrease in the personal income tax rates to be applied, with the registered reductions varying between 0.1% for lower salary levels and more than 1% for higher monthly income.
- The applicable IRS rates drop from 4% (in 2021) to 1.8% for a single worker with no dependents who earns up to 720 euros, and from 7.2% (in 2021) to 4.5% if he earns up to 740 euros.
- In the following tiers, the threshold values are generally maintained, but the applicable IRS rates fall between 0.1% and more than 1% – as happens in some of the higher income levels.
- This adjustment of withholding rates does not mean, however, that less tax will be paid. What happens is that the reduction in the amount to be withheld in 2022 will result in a decrease in IRS discounts and, consequently, in a lower amount to be received in 2023.
- With regard to the IRS withholding tables on pensions and income for people with disabilities, there is an adjustment between the monthly tax withheld and what is due, which is calculated when the annual income tax return is submitted.
- The following municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants maintain the fee charged in 2021: Almada (0.36%); Amateur (0.3%); Cascais (0.34%); Funchal (0.3%); Guimaraes (0.3%); Leiria (0.3%); Lisbon (0.3%); Matosinhos (0.325%); Odivelas (0.36%); Oeiras (0.3%); Porto (0.324%); Santa Maria da Feira (0.365%); Sintra (0.3%); Vila Franca de Xira (0.3%); Vila Nova de Famalicão (0.35%); and Vila Nova de Gaia (0.38%).
- The following municipalities also maintain the IMI rate: Abrantes (0.4%), Alcácer do Sal (0.3%), Alcanena (0.4%), Alvaiázere (0.3%), Arraiolos (0.3% ), Aveiro (0.4%), Batalha (0.3%), Caldas da Rainha (0.3%), Cartaxo (0.45%), Coruche (0.33%), Loulé (0.3% ), Mealhada (0.3%), Marco de Canaveses (0.3%), Moita (0.37%), Mondim de Basto (0.3%), Paços de Ferreira (0.3%), Pampilhosa da Serra (0.3%), Rio Maior (0.38%), Silves (0.3%), Santo Tirso (0.375%) and Vila do Bispo (0.3%).
- The following municipalities lower the tax charged in 2021: Barcelos; Bombarral (0.32% to 0.3%); Braga; Covilhã (0.36% to 0.35%); Gondomar; Grândola (0.35% to 0.34%); Lagos (0.34% to 0.32%); Loures; Maya; Mangualde (0.34% to 0.32%), Santarém (0.418% to 0.398%); Seixal; Setúbal and Valongo (0.39% to 0.38%).
- Regardless of whether they maintain or reduce the IMI rate, more and more municipalities are penalizing owners of vacant properties, applying a rate of up to 30%, as in the case of Alvaiázere; Battle; Queen syrup; Funchal; Bush; lakes; Rio Maior; Santo Tirso; Silves and Valongo. On the contrary, there are more and more municipalities creating IMI discounts for families with children.
- Both the ISV (Vehicle Tax) and the IUC (Unique Circulation Tax) are increased in the same proportion as the expected inflation rate for 2022, by 0.9% more.
- In the ISV, there are no changes in the number of steps and the tables of the environmental component are maintained according to the emission standard whether NEDC (older) or WLTP (latest and based on the most recent approval tests).
- As for the IUC, known as the old “car seal”, the exemption from payment of tax for vehicles between 1981 and 1989 with cylinder capacity of up to 1000 cubic centimeters on gasoline or up to 1500 cubic centimeters on diesel dropped.
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