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Bolsonaro: government will study how to zero diesel tax definitively

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After raising the taxation of banks to pay the PIS / Cofins tax exemption on the diesel and about the cooking gas, the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, said on Tuesday that the government should study during the two months of exemption a way to zero federal taxes on diesel definitively.

“In yesterday’s decree, we zeroed in the PIS / Cofins for diesel for two months, that is, since yesterday for two months there has been no federal tax on diesel oil. , Bolsonaro said to supporters this morning as he left the Palácio da Alvorada. “What happens, when you are imposed by the Fiscal Responsibility Law, you have to find resources elsewhere. So, we made a limit. These two months are the deadline for us to study how we will definitively achieve ‘the zero ‘federal taxes on diesel, “he announced.

On Monday, to pay for the exemption and reductions in the price of diesel, claims made by truck drivers, the government set the new Social Contribution on Net Income (CSLL) rate at 25% to be paid by banks in the period July to December 31, 2021 – the current rate is at 20%. In addition, the government will also cut benefits given to people with disabilities in the acquisition of vehicles and extinguish the Special Regime for the Chemical Industry (Reiq), which provides incentives for the sector.

The reduction in the PIS / Cofins tax rate on diesel will take effect in March and April 2021. The exemption from cooking gas, for the 13 kg cylinder, will be permanent.

The reductions were motivated by the readjustments adopted by Petrobras, which also influenced the change of command of the state-owned company determined by Bolsonaro. The Chief Executive appointed General Joaquim Silva e Luna to assume the presidency of the company, in place of Roberto Castello Branco, whose term ends this month.

In conversations with supporters, Bolsonaro also cited a decree signed on February 23 to determine which gas stations will display a panel indicating the composition of the price of fuel in his establishments.

According to him, the measure is “for us to begin to determine who is truly responsible for the high price of fuel”. “This is not interference, this is transparency, which we did not have and we will start to have from the next few days,” he said.

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