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Brazil: Incoming changes to PIS and COFINS on financial revenues

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Alvaro Pereira and Mark Conomy (pictured)

On April 1 2015, the Brazilian Government issued Decree 8,426/2015, regulating the Social Integration Program (PIS) and the Social Contribution on Billing (COFINS) applied on financial revenues, including financial revenue derived from hedge transactions, with effect from July 1 2015. By way of background, PIS and COFINS under the non-cumulative regime are social contributions levied on gross revenues within Brazil (subject to certain specified exemptions) at the combined rate of 9.25%. Financial revenue has been granted a 0% combined rate since April 2005.

Pursuant to the Decree 8,426/2015, the general PIS and COFINS rates on financial revenue shall increase to a combined rate of 4.65% (0.65% PIS and 4% COFINS respectively). The new rates are applicable to companies subject to the non-cumulative regime for PIS/COFINS collection.

Income from interest on net equity remains subject to PIS and COFINS at the rates of 1.65% and 7.6%, respectively.

Alvaro Pereira (alvaro.pereira@br.pwc.com) and Mark Conomy (conomy.mark@br.pwc.com)

PwC

Website: www.pwc.com

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