The government wants to encourage drivers of apps like Uber, 99 and Cabify to formalize and thus pay more taxes. For this reason, the economic team is studying to collect income tax from self-employed workers who are not registered as MEI (Individual Microentrepreneur).
Second The globe, the measure will affect professionals who use platforms to connect with customers. This includes both Uber, 99 and Cabify, as well as apps like GetNinjas. With that, the rule would also reach web designers, technical assistance service providers, among others.
One of the proposals foresees the use of platforms to identify workers’ income and, thus, fit them into one of the income tax rates. The possibility is discussed by the High Labor Studies Group (Gaet), created in September by the Social Security and Labor Secretariat of the Ministry of Economy.
Also according to The globe, one of the concerns of the economic team is Social Security. This is because, although they do not contribute, informal workers are also entitled to retirement by age or to the Continuous Benefit Benefit (BPC).
MEI can be reformulated
According to the proposal analyzed by Gaet, workers will be able to get rid of the IR payment if they are registered with the MEI, which would be reformulated. Today, the program is aimed at those with annual revenues of up to R $ 81 thousand and even one employee.
It requires the payment of 5% of the minimum wage and offers benefits such as sickness benefit, maternity salary, disability retirement and retirement age with minimum wage.
To encourage adherence to the program, the government intends to increase the billing and number of employees limit. Higher income workers would have a specific rate, which would provide a social security benefit in excess of the minimum wage.
The adhesion of Uber, 99 and Cabify drivers to the MEI was permitted in a decree published in May. The category started to have its own occupation in the program in August and, according to the IRS, 17,680 workers were formalized.