Mining Royalties Changed Again; Changes to the Mining Code Reversed

Mining Royalties On 19 December 2017, Law 13,540/2017 was passed, bringing material changes to the calculation methods and rates of the financial compensation for the...

Brazil updates double taxation agreements with India, South Africa and South Korea

On 15 October 2013 the Brazilian and Indian governments signed the amending Protocol to the Brazil–India Double Taxation Agreement. The Protocol amends the Agreement’s article...

RFB’s Private Ruling confirms that most taxes are not payable on commissions to foreign agents

On 10 December 2017, Brazil’s Federal Revenue Department’s (“RFB‘s”) Private Ruling DISIT/SRRF06 6,603/2017 was published addressing the applicable taxes on...

Senate Approves Brazil-UAE Visa Waiver Agreement

On 30 November 2017, the Brazilian Senate approved the bilateral visa waiver agreement between Brazil and UAE signed on 7 March 2017 on tourism trips, business trips or in transit...

São Paulo to charge Services Tax to SaaS, Online Ads and Streaming Services

On 15 November 2017, the Municipality of São Paulo published Law 16,757/2017. The Law addresses, among other issues, the taxing of software as a service (“SaaS”), the online...

Withholding income tax on foreign educational, scientific or cultural services

On 21 November 2017, the Brazilian Federal Revenue Department (Receita Federal do Brasil, “RFB”) published Private Ruling 519/2017 which addresses the charging of...

e-Books: free of ‘impostos’ but not of free of ‘contribuições’

The Brazilian Federal Constitution provides in article 150(VI)(d), that no taxes are to be imposed on books, newspapers, periodicals and paper used for print. This clause aims to...

Faster visas for US, Australian, Canadian and Japanese Citizens

US, Australian, Canadian and Japanese citizens will be able apply online for Brazilian visitor visas. The e-visa is already available for Australian citizens and will come online...

New State Sales Tax (ICMS) regulations for digital goods

On 5 October 2017, the National Council of Fiscal Policy (Conselho Nacional de Política Fazendária, “CONFAZ”) issued its first regulations on the charging of State Sales...

Further Changes to Employment Laws

On 14 November 2017 Provisional Measure 808/2017 (“PM 808/2017”) was published introducing additional changes to the recently passed employment law reform (“Law...