A survey shows that 6.7 million rules were edited in the last 33 years, but only 6.7% of them became tax matters
While tax reform is only in the discourse of projects, a small sample of the bureaucracy and complexity of the Brazilian model can be seen in the number of rules issued in the country. The Brazilian Institute of Planning and Taxation points out that since the Constitution Federal of 1988, an average of 563 norms are published per day, totaling 6.7 million in 33 years. The study shows that 6.58% of these rules refer to tax matters. IBPT researcher Fernando Steinbruch points out that companies spend around R$ 181 billion on personnel, systems and equipment to monitor changes in legislation. “As companies sell, they relate to various states of the federation, it is estimated that each company must follow 4,626 rules to be updated with all tax obligations,” he said. In the Chamber and Senate, tax reform bills await the political will of deputies and senators to discuss the issues. The government left these texts behind and committed to an income tax reform, which did not please virtually anyone in the productive sector. As 2021 is ending and there will be presidential elections next year, a real tax reform, simplified and without increasing the burden on Brazilians, should remain in the candidates’ speeches of promises in 2022.
*With information from reporter Marcelo Mattos