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12 The Portugal News • 28 Mar 2020                                 News


      Time to reflect                                  2020 will certainly be remembered for two seismic game-changing challenges: global warming and
                                                       2020 will certainly be remembered for two seismic game-changing challenges: global warming and
                                                       2020 will certainly be remembered for two seismic game-changing challenges: global warming and
                                                       2020 will certainly be remembered for two seismic game-changing challenges: global warming and
                                                       2020 will certainly be remembered for two seismic game-changing challenges: global warming and
                                                       Coronavirus. Now it seems they are oddly intertwined as levels of air pollutants and warming gases
                                                       Coronavirus. Now it seems they are oddly intertwined as levels of air pollutants and warming gases
                                                       Coronavirus. Now it seems they are oddly intertwined as levels of air pollutants and warming gases
                                                       Coronavirus. Now it seems they are oddly intertwined as levels of air pollutants and warming gases
                                                       Coronavirus. Now it seems they are oddly intertwined as levels of air pollutants and warming gases
                                                       over some regions are showing significant drops, as the pandemic impacts work and travel.
                                                       over some regions are showing significant drops, as the pandemic impacts work and travel.
                                                       over some regions are showing significant drops, as the pandemic impacts work and travel.
                                                       over some regions are showing significant drops, as the pandemic impacts work and travel.
                                                       over some regions are showing significant drops, as the pandemic impacts work and travel.
                                                                                Caveats aside, they echo  has more rubbish on the  keep our environment
                                                                                environmental impacts   streets, in town bins,  cleaner and healthier.
                                                                                connected to the        beaches and hill country.  Cutting contaminants is
                                                                                coronavirus outbreaks in  So what can we do..?  vital according to
                                                                                China and Italy. This may,  Firstly, own up to the fact  Renewable Energy
                                                                                according to Carbon Brief,  we must be responsible.  Magazine.
                                                                                result in the former’s  Many Governments        More Algarvean
                                                                                carbon footprint falling by  continue to license  homeowners are enquiring
                                                                                1percent. Less people   corporate waste firms to  how they can make a
                                                                                driving simply reduces  dump thousands of       difference and there are
                                                                                nitrogen dioxide. And dirty  tonnes into the sea which  great ways to start with our
                                                                                waters in Venice have   is not sustainable. And the  premium solutions:  Solar
                                                                                become clearer due to no  reverse logistics industry  panels and battery storage,
                                                                                boat travel.            is burying out of date  Solar car-charging ports,
                                                                                At this moment we are   foodstuffs in huge      Solar pool pumps and
                                                                                probably all familiarised  landfills.           heating, Air conditioning
                                                                                with the NASA image of  With populations locked-  systems and ProPerla
                                                                                China’s pollution cloud  down at home for the near  hydrophobic coating.
                                                                                (pictured)              future, watching news   Start your way to a cleaner
                                                                                Urban air pollution has  channels, reading      more sustainable future.
                                                                                fallen in developed     newspapers and trawling  Why not discover your
                                                                                countries, but toxic air has  the internet, all have  potential when it comes to
                                                                                risen to extreme levels in  ample time to reflect. We  reducing expensive utility
                                                                                places like India. Long-  now know the true value of  bills and carbon footprint.
                                                                                term exposure means     travel when it is taken  Email
                                                                                patients with lung or heart  away. But what price can  enquiries@casaverde-
                                                                                conditions are less able to  be put on the planet’s  int.com for more
                                                                                fight infections –      health?                 information or a free no
                                                                                especially with         Most emissions that     obligation home energy
      At this moment we are probably all familiarised with the NASA image of China’s
      At this moment we are probably all familiarised with the NASA image of China’s
      At this moment we are probably all familiarised with the NASA image of China’s                    account for global      assessment from Casa
      At this moment we are probably all familiarised with the NASA image of China’s
      At this moment we are probably all familiarised with the NASA image of China’s
      pollution cloud.
      pollution cloud.
      pollution cloud.
      pollution cloud.                                                          Coronavirus at large
      pollution cloud.
                                                                                according to Cagliari   warming come from the   Verde International, which
                                                                                University.             electricity sector due to  allows their expert
             esearchers in     down by 35 percent. CO2  decomposition and       If “things come in threes”  fossil fuels. Sustainable  surveyors to check your
             New York City     emissions have fallen 5-  suggest it will be the  we must not forget     energy sources release  consumption and needs.
             claim carbon      10 percent with a drop in  lowest recorded level  recycling, re-using and  little or no greenhouses  Going green is in your
      Rmonoxide from           methane too. Scientists  since 2008’s financial  reducing. Even the Algarve  gases, which helps to  hands…
      cars reduced by nearly 50  expect levels to peak in  crisis , according to
      percent. Traffic levels are  May with foliage    Columbia University.
                                                                                IRS 2019 - Procedures 1-7                                    N N N N N
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                                                                                Nº6 Filing Status                                       SWING-GREENE
                                                                                Filing Status                       Finesco: Yes. In the past, couples were required
                                                                                Single, widowed and divorced taxpayers submit  to file jointly. In fiscal year 2019, this assumption
                                                                                an individual return. Couples should also file an  is different. However, you may still report jointly
                                                                                individual declaration but may elect to report  if you find it preferable. Couples often pay less
                                                                                jointly. Separated couples who are not divorced  tax than two individuals when there are substantial
                                                                                should each file singly. This is usually advisable  differences in income.
                                                                                since both spouses are responsible for meeting all  Question: My boyfriend and I have been living
                                                                                fiscal obligations under a joint return. All unmarried  together for several years. Should we file separate
                                                                                couples living together for more than two years,  returns or jointly?
                                                                                whether of different or the same sex, may also file  Finesco: While either is possible, unmarried
                                                                                a joint return. To qualify, both must be registered  couples may file a joint return. To qualify for this
                                                                                with Finanças at the same address.  status, you must have been living together for at
                                                                                Joint or separate returns?          least two years. In practical terms, both
                                                                                Couples can settle their accounts with the tax  individuals must be registered at the same address
                                                                                authorities separately or in a joint declaration. This  with  Finanças. This status applies both to
                                                                                second option must be expressly chosen by  heterosexual and homosexual couples. To be on
                                                                                taxpayers if so desired and is valid only for that fiscal  the safe side, it is a good idea to run a simulation
                                                                                year. Anyone wanting joint assessment (more  before finalising your return to be sure which
                                                                                favorable for couples with different incomes) can not  status is most advantageous.
                                                                                submit the declaration late after the 30 June deadline.  Question:  My wife and I broke up last year but
                                                                                In theory, the rule for separate assessment is  we are not yet divorced.  Do we still file a joint
                                                                                designed to end discrimination between married and  return or separately?
                                                                                de facto couples. In practice, unmarried couples will  Finesco:  Both ways are accepted although your
                                                                                loose the potential access to double deductions.  circumstances may make separate returns more
                                                                                Split-year residency                practical. If you are filing individually, remember that
                                                                                Split-year residency allows the taxpayer to be a  both cannot claim the same dependents or deductions.
                                                                                resident in Portugal for only part of the year, as long  Question:   My spouse died last year. How
                                                                                as he/she remains more than 183 days, consecutive  should I declare?
                                                                                or not, in any 12-month period. The taxpayer will  Finesco:  Fortunately, the declaration process
                                                                                also be considered a tax resident if, having remained  has been vastly simplified from past practice. You
                                                                                for a period of time of less than 183 days, he/she  merely need to declare the total annual income of
                                                                                has available housing in conditions considered as  both spouses for the year and tick the box as a
                                                                                the primary residence. Once these conditions are  widow (or widower).
                                                                                met, the taxpayer is considered to be a fiscal resident  Next: Taxable Income
                                                                                in Portugal as of the 1  day of the stay.
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                                                                                Question:  I got married in October. Should we  Dennis Swing Greene is Chairman and
                                                                                file separate returns for the period that we were  International Fiscal Consultant for
                                                                                still single?                       euroFINESCO s.a.  www.eurofinesco.com
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