Brazil attempts to harmonise services tax

Wed 15th Jul 2015

The Brazilian parliament is reviewing a Bill which would harmonise the Imposto Sobre Servicos (ISS) tax on services. This would include placing it at the state, federal level.

ISS is a municipal level turnover tax on services. The services subject to the ISS are outlined by the Federal Complementary Law, and listed in detailed by each municipal.

The typical ISS rates are below, but they vary widely between municipalities:

  • 2% on health insurance premiums
  • 5% on credit card-based leasing agreements

Exports, employee/freelancers and other services taxed by ICMS are exempt services.

The Bill, with the Chamber of Deputies, will put the tax in the hands of the Brazilian Federal Union which would then in turn redistribute the tax between the 12 states and municipalities.

Brazil recently failed to pass a similar harmonisation of ICMS.



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