Governors suggest taxing games sold over the internet | Brazil

The National Forum of Governors this week, in Brasilia, brought together heads of the executive branch of 25 of the 27 federative units in Brazil, who discussed ways to increase revenue. One proposal involves taxing electronic games sold over the internet.

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The governors’ projection is that the measure would raise R $ 18 billion and help to allocate more resources for public security. The suggestion was presented by the governor of Piauí, Wellington Dias (PT), and was supported by the governor of São Paulo, João Doria (PSDB).

“It seemed like a welcome suggestion, since electronic games over the internet are not taxed. All games pay tax, it is unreasonable that electronic gambling over the internet, especially carried out outside Brazil, happens without the application of taxes ”, said Doria, according to The globe.

Also according to the newspaper, the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel (PSC), did not support the proposal. He stated that the problem of public security is one of management, and not a lack of resources, and defended more effectiveness in investments.

“We already spend too much on security. If we continue to discuss the same things, we will continue to put more money into public safety and we will not get results ”, said Witzel to The globe.

Governors called for an increase in the Union’s participation in financing the National Public Security Fund. The forum also served to present demands for federal funds to education and to discuss how to transfer pre-salt resources to states.

The suggestion to tax electronic games sold over the internet goes against the positions of President Jair Bolsonaro, who defends the reduction of taxes. In August, he reduced taxes on consoles and accessories by up to 16%.

Another matter that goes against the interests of the governors is the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) 51/2017, which imposes taxes on consoles and games produced in Brazil. The agenda was approved by the Senate’s Constitution, Justice and Citizenship Commission (CCJ) and has been waiting, since August, to be discussed in plenary.

With information: Agency Brazil.

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