ABES released this Tuesday (10/08/2021) an important position on the recent proposal to change the Income Tax rules that is being processed in the National Congress, through the PL 2337/21, as the proposed changes negatively impact the software sector, especially MSMEs and other liberal professionals. “We are mobilizing the entire sector to publicize this manifesto, whose content is extremely important to everyone and, in particular, to the segment of micro and small companies”, reinforces Rodolfo Fücher, president of the association.

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PL 2337/21 puts the local production of technology at risk

 ABES – Brazilian Association of Software Companies comes to alert the market and the authorities regarding the damages to the country's economy that will result from the approval of PL 2337/21, which introduces changes in the Income Tax legislation. Causing a substantial increase in revenue, mainly from companies with sales of up to R$ 78 million, this PL directly affects the software segment, which is mostly composed of micro and small companies, representing around 95% of the Brazilian market.

Overall, the impact of PL 2337/21 is devastating and will reach more than eight million companies[1] what employ over fifteen million people[2]. They are micro companies, small businesses and companies that are taxed on the presumed profit, including those formed by self-employed professionals (doctors, dentists, journalists, lawyers, accountants, engineers, programmers, systems analysts, among other activities) that can receive elevation of up to 36% in income tax due. This PL directly affects the middle class and halts the much-vaunted recovery of the national economy, particularly affecting the information technology software and services segment, whose capillarity is reflected in the growth and recovery of other sectors.

ABES recognizes the need for a broad tax reform, but it is necessary to do so through a broad debate, involving the National Congress, representative entities of the productive sector and citizens, in order to minimize the risks that may result of the hasty approval of PL 2337/21.

The association represents approximately 2,000 companies, 77% of which are micro and small, which account for around 85% of the revenue of the software and services segment in Brazil, distributed in 24 Brazilian states and the Federal District, responsible for the generation of around 210,000 direct jobs and annual revenues of around R$ 80 billion in 2020. With the purpose of contributing to the construction of a more digital and less unequal Brazil, in which information technology plays a fundamental role in the democratization of knowledge and the creation of new ones opportunities for all, aims to ensure a business environment conducive to innovation, ethical, dynamic, sustainable and globally competitive, always in line with its mission to connect, guide, protect and develop the Brazilian information technology market.

[1] According to a recent study carried out by Roit, there are in Brazil 3.4 million companies classified as presumed profit, a universe basically consisting of small and medium-sized companies.

[2] “For many people, the first job comes in micro and small businesses. The segment accounts for more than half of formal jobs, employs almost 15 million Brazilians, which is why this advance in remuneration is so significant. It demonstrates the strengthening of small businesses and generates a direct impact on the population's income", says the president of Sebrae Nacional, Luiz Barretto.


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