ABES signs partnership with Boa Vista Serviços, SCPC administrator

In order to make entrepreneurs aware of the importance of using original software in their companies, the Legal Entrepreneur initiative, promoted by ABES (Brazilian Association of Software Companies) with support from ETCO, signed a partnership with Boa Vista Serviços, administrator of the SCPC.

Having ethical conduct as one of its main corporate values, Boa Vista SCPC believes that the correct management of software licenses is a way of promoting prosperity for all and, consequently, contributing to the country's progress.

The use and / or acquisition of software without the corresponding use licenses, or even in disagreement with the applicable use license agreement, can have legal implications (criminal and civil) related to piracy, unfair competition and tax evasion.

To ensure compliance with the law and a better future for the country, ABES and Boa Vista recommend effective management of software licenses in use by companies.

For more information visit www.empreendedorlegal.org.br - the portal provides, free of charge, an online Software Asset Management Manual.

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Piauí starts issuing Electronic Invoice to Consumer

The State of Piauí is modernizing its tax collection every day and has started to issue the first Electronic Consumer Invoices (NFC-e). One of the advantages is that it replaces two documents: the SFs (notes issued in relation to services provided, a municipal tax obligation) and sales and consumption invoices (referring to the state obligation). The information will appear in a single document that will be available online; thus, consumers and taxpayers will be able to access the tax document from anywhere via the Internet.

According to the director of the Technology Unit of the Secretariat of Finance (Sefaz), Januário da Ponte Lopes, Brazil is seen as a celebrated case of modernization in tax management, becoming an example for the whole world. "At this moment, Piauí is making a big leap towards modernizing and simplifying tax processes, through the processing of the first Electronic Invoices to the Consumer," he says.

Currently, only 11 Brazilian states already emit NFC-e in production (Acre, Amapá, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Sergipe, Pará, Paraíba, Rondônia). At the moment, Piauí, Paraíba and Bahia are in the approval phase.

The forecast is that the complete implementation of NFC-e should occur in all retail sales made in Piauí until 2016. However, the Secretariat of Finance is still in the testing phase, and other companies will be invited to participate in this process until November 2014. Voluntarily, companies that carry out retail sales may request to participate in the Secretariat's tests. To do so, just send an e-mail with expressions of interest to nfce@sefaz.pi.gov.br, identifying the company, with the Company Name, CNPJ and State Registration.

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Judge condemns 11 for tax evasion and adulteration of fuels in PB

Judge Geraldo Emílio Porto, from the 7th Criminal Court of João Pessoa, sentenced 11 people for a scheme discovered by the Federal Police involving tax evasion and adulteration of fuels in Paraíba. Three state tax officials and some businessmen are among those sentenced.

Convictions are for active and passive corruption and crimes against the economic and tax order, in addition to falsifying documents. Judges can appeal the sentence in freedom. The decision was published on September 27 and acquitted 17 accused defendants.

About modus operandi of the scheme, the magistrate pointed out that three of the defendants, employees of the State Tax Authorities, “as civil servants, used the position to commit crimes of passive corruption, receiving money to stop inspecting goods that entered the territory of the state of Paraíba” .

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Source: G1

Without makeup: the work of a million cosmetics dealers

In her first book, sociologist Ludmila Costhek Abílio, a professor at PUC-Campinas, investigates the work of cosmetic resellers in the Brazilian beauty industry. The starting point of this innovative study is an army of approximately 1 million resellers (equivalent to the population of the city of Campinas-SP), responsible for the commercial success of one of the most important and recognized cosmetics companies in the country, Natura. Anchored in a rich field study, the researcher proposes an original approach to informal women's work within a segment called the Direct Sales System.

In addition to analyzing aspects of production and distribution of the company and the informal economy, the author traces the socioeconomic profile of the resellers, their motivations and how they relate to work and the company. For this, he interviewed from cleaning women to senior executives, to teachers, housewives and even a delegate from the Federal Police, who sells cosmetics in the corporation's own building.

At the end of the research, Ludmila found a certain ambiguity in the relationship of these women with the company, since they begin to sell their products in order to consume them. He also realized that in this dynamic of work, the employer transfers the risks to the resellers, such as customer default, without giving them a guarantee of income, while encouraging them to invest in stocks that may never be sold.

Within the context that makes resellers become lively advertising for products, their personal social capital becomes a means to leverage the company's profits; one of the central points of the discussion raised by the sociologist concerns the indistinities between working and non-working time, the current forms of subjective worker involvement. This blurring of the boundaries between production and consumption, inseparable from social and cultural influences, is a new phenomenon, as is the loss of the centrality of work.

Source: Carta Maior Portal

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'I fear the tax burden will increase', says Bernard Appy

When Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva won the elections in 2002, economist Bernard Appy went to the government with a mission that time has proved to be thorny: to carry out tax reform. It implemented several measures that aired tax collection, but it left in 2009 without changing the country's major tax distortions.

Appy is now preparing to start a new phase. He is leaving LCA Consultores, a company he helped create and whose partner is Luciano Coutinho, the president of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES).

"I'm going to provide public management consultancy, but I'm not going to the government and I'm thinking if I start a company," he says. He is also concerned with changing the tax and fiscal structure of the country. He made contributions to the presidential candidates. “Our standard of fiscal policy is a low-growth trap,” he adds.

Below are the main excerpts from the interview he gave to the State.

What reforms should the next government adopt as a priority?

For my training, certainly the tax reform and, within it, I think the ICMS (Tax on Goods and Services) is an important topic, which also involves the fiscal war. Another issue is that states still tax investment. But I have no proposals, I have principles. We have to harmonize taxation. Personally, I think you have to relieve formal work in large companies - having more large companies with formal employees is good for the country to grow; reform the PIS / Cofins (social contributions); rethink the taxation of micro and small companies. It has a reasonable agenda. It will not be possible to do it in a single government, but the objective is to make the country more efficient.

Government enters and government leaves, everyone says that tax reform is necessary, but it does not happen.

I think we are maturing. The chance of being done is much greater now. In the case of the ICMS, with regard to the tax war, there is a greater degree of maturity in the discussion that can legalize the granting of tax benefits.

Proponents of the fiscal war say it improves the distribution of companies across Brazil. Wouldn't that make this distribution difficult?

The tax benefit began to be given in the 80s by the poorest states, but it became widespread. What's the problem? Example: São Paulo provides benefits to wheat milling companies, but Rio Grande do Sul produces wheat. The milling industry should not be in São Paulo. It should be in the South. Rio Grande do Sul, in turn, provides an incentive to attract the GM automaker, which should be in São Paulo. What is the final effect? I have raw wheat leaving the South and going to São Paulo, when noodles should be leaving. And I have auto parts leaving São Paulo to the South, and a car ready to go back to São Paulo. A huge part of the incentives ends up becoming a cost of logistics, the State does not exploit its vocations and still induces the creation of an inefficient productive structure in the country. Another question: everyone asks why Brazil is expensive. There is a reason. I'm not saying that I don't have to have a regional development policy. On the contrary. The whole discussion of tax reform goes through this. If you look at international literature, you will see that the best regional development policy is to provide infrastructure for the State. If it reduced the cost of logistics it would have an automatic impact. The companies would go to the States with cheaper labor.

Mr. you already mentioned that a lot goes through Congress and causes damage that most people don't even know. Mr. have any example?

A recent example was the change in the Law of Simple. For some segments, greater benefits were defined. A lawyer who establishes himself as a Simples company and has a revenue of up to R $ 180 thousand per year, R $ 15 thousand per month, will pay 4,5% tax on his revenue. It looks good, but what's wrong with that? He will pay much less tax than a lawyer with the same income employed in a large law firm. According to the table, his rate is 27,5%. The cost of this formal employee exceeds 40% in total. They are inducing two things with this change in Simples. They lead employees to form themselves artificially as a company, what is called 'pejotização'. Is very bad. Soon there will be someone from the IRS questioning. It also induces the lawyer to leave the company and set up a small, tiny office where he works alone, often less efficiently. What happens? We created a gap between the microentrepreneur and the formal employee of a large company. And this gap prevents the small ones from growing. The joke that if Microsoft had started in Brazil it would still be in a garage fund is true. Our tax system means that whoever starts in the garage fund stays there forever.

Because of the tax?

Yes. Because of the tax difference. I am not saying that the small does not have to be less taxed. Obviously it has. But we need a harmonic system. You cannot default to billing. I'll give you an example. A restaurant is in the first strip of Simples, R $ 180 thousand per year. The owner must have an income of about 10% of this, R $ 1,5 thousand per month, maximum R $ 3 thousand. Now, I treat the owner of the restaurant like the lawyer who has the same income. But the lawyer doesn't have to buy food, pay employees like a restaurant owner. I need a system that makes a difference in terms of income and encourages companies to grow. The tax burden will increase with the growth of the company, but not making leaps.

Reduce tax burden off the radar?

Reducing the burden is not a matter of the tax structure. It is a matter of fiscal policy (a policy that defines how the government collects and spends). In the short term, I don't see how to do it. On the contrary: my fear is that in the short term we will have an increase in the tax burden to close the accounts. In the long run, it may have space again. If you want, I have another theme.


Another issue of great concern in Brazil - very much so - is the design of fiscal policy. We have a structure with enormous rigidity in spending. A civil servant cannot be fired, any number of funds are earmarked to finance this or that. What's the problem? When you have periods of growth, the revenue grows above the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the State creates new rigid expenses and still meets the primary surplus target. When the downturn comes, revenue drops. How does it adjust? You can adjust for a time by reducing the primary surplus, as is being done now, but it has a limit. How do you break down the rigid expenses you created? You don't dismount. And how does it work? Cutting investment and raising tax burden. This cycle has been repeated in Brazil since the 1988 Constitution. Now they have decided that 75% of the pre-salt revenue goes to education and 25% to health. When the price of oil is good, I will raise more and spend more. But then the price of oil falls, revenue falls, but I have a fixed expense. How to do? It has now been decided to allocate 10% of GDP to education in the National Education Plan. You have nowhere to take this feature. There is not. It is implicit in the goal that will have an increase in the tax burden - but no one has discussed this in Brazil.

Mr. would you dismantle those obligations?

Ideally, yes, but of course you can't do it all at once. You can change the formula. Instead of saying X% of my income goes to education, I can say that I will spend the same amount as last year, adjusted for inflation, and then discuss what I will increase in the margin.

Mr. talked to any candidate about it?

Not about that.

Did you talk about other things?

I gave the candidates some suggestions for changing tax policy. Although it is very difficult to discuss this technically during the campaign. It is an arid theme. But at the beginning of next year, the chance to define something in this area is great.

Mr. Did you also discuss this tax proposal with the candidates?

No. It doesn't stand a chance in time of election. It's the opposite. People are promising more: Marina (Silva) said she will give 10% of the gross revenue for health. Aécio (Neves), who will maintain the minimum wage adjustment policy. At this time only kindness is done.

As it is, will the government have to increase the tax burden or will it be able to maintain it?

Everyone knows that a fiscal adjustment will have to be made at the beginning of the next government. It's done. Personally, I can't see how to make a short-term adjustment without increasing the tax burden. The other option, which I consider the best: credibly signal that you will have a policy of containing expenses throughout the term, so that in the end you will be in a more balanced fiscal situation.

In that case, wouldn't you need to lift the load?

Part of the adjustment process includes raising damped prices - mainly electricity and fuels. When you do, it has an effect similar to an increase in tax burden. And there is a third option, which is to deal with issues that have a structural impact on tax: social security. There is change that can be done and it has a long-term impact, it signals a sustainability that gives space to manage fiscal policy in the short term. But, if the government wants to continue spending a lot, use 10% of the revenue for health, 10% of the GDP for education, then it will have to increase the tax burden. All kindness has a price. It will be difficult for the Minister of Finance in the next government.

Source: O Estado de S.Paulo

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Retail will have lower cost with electronic invoice to consumers

The implantation of the Electronic Invoice to the Consumer (NFC-e) in Varejo Paraibano was one of the themes of the lectures of the Tax Workshop, held in the city of Patos. The event was promoted by the Paraíba State Supermarket Association (ASPB), in partnership with the Brazilian Supermarket Association (Abras).

The head of the Center for Analysis and Planning of Tax Documents of the State Revenue, Fábio Roberto Silva Melo, addressed in the lecture about the new model of electronic invoice intended for consumers and its advantages in relation to the current fiscal coupon printed by retail, which is being implemented in the State since July on an experimental basis.

According to the auditor Fábio Melo, the main advantage of this new electronic note is the cost factor for taxpayers. “They will start using a non-fiscal printer on the printed bill to the consumer. This non-fiscal printer is much more affordable than the current printer, which costs approximately one third of the current cost of a printer currently used, which is the fiscal one ”, he declared.

The implementation of the new Electronic Consumer Invoice (NFC-e) service, which will be an electronic alternative to the current tax documents used by retailers, will create the possibility of opening new payment boxes with non-fiscal printers in establishments with lower cost and greater agility. As for the consumer, in addition to making purchasing more simplified, it will facilitate access to tax documents, which will be filed electronically on the SER portal, which will guarantee the authenticity of your business transaction. In practice, the consumer will have access to the tax document at the time he needs and there is no need to use paper, but the company continues to be forced to print from conventional printers, which have a lower cost.

The State Revenue released earlier this month the initial list of retail companies that will start issuing the Electronic Consumer Invoice (NFC-e), as of January 2015. In all, 117 retail establishments in the State will start issuing the receipt of the receipt by electronic means. In July this year, the State Revenue launched the pilot project of the Electronic Consumer Invoice (NFC-e). Three retail companies in the state participate in the experimental phase of the project, which will take place until the end of September: Armazém Paraíba, from the N. Claudino Group, Esposende, from the Paquetá Group and the computer company João Oliveira Alves from the municipality of Guarabira.

Source: Paraíba Daily Portal

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Maceió starts to accredit lan houses in the City Hall digital inclusion program

Focused on PREFIS - Tax Recovery Program that seeks to regularize the defaulting taxpayers in the municipality, the Municipal Finance Secretariat (SMF) announced, in partnership with Sebrae Alagoas, an accreditation of lan houses that will integrate “Maceió Digital”, the city's digital inclusion program.

Companies interested in obtaining accreditation must send the scanned copies of the CNPJ and Municipal Registration - CMC cards to credenciamentoprefis@gmail.com, between September 22 and 26, or take the documents to Sebrae's headquarters (Rua Dr. Marinho de Gusmão, no 46, Centro), in the same period, between 14pm and 18pm. After analysis, all participants will receive the result via email on September 26th. According to Renata Fonseca, the initiative aims to bring convenience and digital inclusion to the taxpayer, who will no longer need to travel to the SMF headquarters to use tax services, in addition to increasing the revenue of the lan houses with the printing of the booklets, payment by internet usage and increased customer flow.

The actions are fundamental for the success of the Tax Recovery, since all the services of the Program, such as installment payment and the issuance of slips, will be carried out exclusively through the Internet through a website produced for the Tax Recovery, which is in its final stage. of construction. In addition to PREFIS, the online services available at internet cafes and telecentres will be the issuance of ITBI, IPTU, ISSQN and TLF payment slips, the issuance of the Electronic Invoice and certificates and requirements. The forecast is that, in a second stage, services will be offered by several municipal departments.

The list with the addresses of the lan houses and telecenters will be published in the Official Gazette of the Municipality (DOM) in the coming days, as well as in the communities.

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Source: Portal Alagoas em Tempo


Ministry of Social Development publishes letter on counterfeit products

With the objective of alerting the population about the care with counterfeit products, the Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger issued a letter with eight important items, calling attention to several blows carried out by gangs. Sent to several companies, the material also has a direct channel for consumers and distributors to answer specific questions.

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