Economy Ministry and Central Bank don’t see eye to eye on new tax

Brazil new tax on financial transactions

CPMF. These four letters almost sound like a dirty word to Brazilians. The acronym describes a now-defunct tax on financial transactions, which could be making an unwelcome comeback. Conceived as a temporary fix to the federal budget, the CPMF existed for 11 years and became a trademark symbol of the scorching tax burden in Brazil. But even if people loathe this tax, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes is keen on bringing it back to life, in order to help the administration curb the deficit. 

But the push for a new version of the CPMF (to be called the Financial...

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