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Taxes are one of the most significant factors in choosing the market entry strategy. It is crucial to study the taxes at a very early stage when entering the market as it has a high impact on the planned pricing, distribution structure and on the entire strategic approach to the market. 
There are 90 different taxes, duties and contributions that are currently charged in Brazil, Some are really specific and some almost unknown.

The main ones, however, are commonly known by anyone doing business in the country.

Taxes in Brazil can be divided into various categories, based on different governmental sphere:

  • Federal taxes, regulated and collected by the Federal government

  • State taxes, regulated and collected by each state’s government

  • Municipality taxes, regulated and collected per each municipality’s government


Most common Brazilian taxes:


Federal taxes

IRPJ (imposto de renda pessoa jurídica) – income tax, the brazilian corporate tax.

IRF - withholding income tax

CSL - social contribution on net profit

PIS-Cofins - profit participation program contribution and social security financing contribution

IPI - tax on manufactured of products

CIDE - contribution on economic activities

ITR (imposto territorial rural) - country property tax

IOF - tax charged on financial transactions, such as currency exchange, insurance and operations involving credit


State taxes

ICMS - tax on distribution of goods and services















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