The presidents of the Chamber, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), and of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG), reached an agreement in recent days to resume the progress of tax reform in Congress.
Lira and Pacheco agreed as points of consensus the correction of the IR (Income Tax) table and the taxation of profits and dividends.
The text approved by the deputies, in addition to providing for the return of taxation of profits and dividends with a rate of 15%, established the correction of the table of the Individual Income Tax (IRPF) and the increase of the exemption range of R$ 1 .9 thousand to R$ 2.5 thousand.
The expectation in the Senate is that the discussions can be resumed soon. Sources close to Pacheco say that the president wants to try to put the sliced matter to a vote in May. That is, of course, if no political crisis gets in the way of the plans.
Pacheco, the peacemaker?
Pacheco has received support from senators to take a firmer position on the crisis between President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) and the ministers of the STF (Supreme Federal Court) and TSE (Superior Electoral Court).
This Tuesday (3), the president of the Senate should pay a visit to the president of the STF, Luiz Fux, in another attempt to pacify relations. He also schedules a meeting later this week with the TSE, as a nod to the electoral justice.
Last week, after talking to some colleagues, Pacheco had already contacted the ministers of the Judiciary and made a public defense of the electoral process.
The assessment is that Congress needs to cool down the spirits between the Powers to be able to vote on important matters, which can yield electoral results to parliamentarians.
Last week, the Chamber voted on the Auxílio Brasil of R$ 400 permanently and the Senate should consider the matter soon. The idea is that the discussion of tax reform fits into this debate.
The account is for the next
Although President Jair Bolsonaro has already asked for a solution to correct the IR later this year, sources in the Senate and the Ministry of Economy say it will be more likely that the changes will only be valid for 2023.
“A lot of things will fall into the account of the next government, there is no way out,” admitted a source who participated in the discussions.