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Tax simplification is essential for competitiveness and productivity of the Brazilian economy.

Tax resources

Need for reform was one of the key issues at Carf's seminar in Brasilia

The Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, Marcelo Pacheco dos Guaranys, said on Wednesday (4/9), during the opening of the 5th Carf Seminar on Tax and Customs Law, that tax simplification and even a future reduction of the tax burden are essential to generate more competitiveness and increase the productivity of the Brazilian economy.

"We have very complex and unreasonable legislation and we need to work towards its simplification and regulatory improvement," said the Executive Secretary, highlighting the poor performance of Brazil in the competitiveness index of the World Economic Forum.

“We rank 80th out of 137 countries. In the 'Effects of Taxation on Investment Incentives' item, we are second to last; and lastly in the item 'Effects of taxation on work incentives' ”, he signaled. 

Tax reform

The Brazilian Federal Revenue's special secretary, Marcos Cintra, who also attended the opening table, emphasized that it is important to seek tariff simplicity and less bureaucracy. He recalled that the federal government is at the final moment of discussion about the project and, above all, how it will be presented and what are the strategic paths for its implementation.

“The digital world stands in opposition to the analog world and our tax structure is based on the beginning of the last century. The world ahead is very different from what is behind us, ”said Cintra.

The attorney general of the National Treasury, José Levi do Amaral, stressed the need for tax reform. "It's time to look at tax simplification for the taxpayer, reducing the number of taxes and unification, always respecting the autonomy of federated entities," said the prosecutor.

The chairman of the Board of Tax Appeals (Carf), Adriana Gomes Rêgo, highlighted the increase in productivity and improved performance of the Board, especially throughout 2019. “We are doing much more, with less,” she said after citing several indicators, among them the reduction in inventory. "The process output is higher than the entry in a thousand processes per month," he said.

Also attending the opening table was the Director of Continuing Education of the National School of Public Administration (Enap), Paulo Marques; the president of the Special Commission of Tax Law of the Brazilian Bar Association, Eduardo Maneira; and Professor Paulo Motta, from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation. 

Talk show

The event features a series of lectures throughout the day and a talk show on tax reform, hosted by Globonews journalist Juliana Rosa, attended by Deputy Special Secretary of the Federal Revenue Special Secretariat, Marcelo de Sousa e Silva; the director of the Fiscal Citizenship Center (CCIF), Bernardo Appy; and Professor Sergio André Rocha, from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ).

The closing will be done with the delivery of the Minister Leopoldo de Bulhões Functional Merit Medal. Edeli Pereira Bessa, Waldir Navarro Bezerra, Caio Cesar Nader Quintella, Wilson Fernandes Guimarães and Jorge Luiz Hergessel will be honored.