Bolsonaro announces new tax reduction for video games

Bolsonaro announces new tax reduction for video games
Bolsonaro announces new tax reduction for video games

President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) today announced a new reduction in the IPI (Tax on Industrialized Products) that focuses on video games. The cut, according to the president, will be published tomorrow in the Official Gazette (DOU) and takes place amid the loss of revenue caused by the pandemic.

The new rates will be:

  • 30% for game consoles and machines (before: 40%);
  • 22% for parts and accessories for video game consoles and machines whose images are reproduced on a screen (before: 32%);
  • 6% for video game machines with built-in screens, portable or not, and their parts (before: 16%).

The first reduction was announced in August 2019. At that time, the tax burden on consoles and gaming machines went from 50% to 40%; on console accessories that transmit images to a television, from 40% to 32%; and video games with a built-in screen, from 20% to 16%.

With the new cut, the expected impact on revenue will be R $ 2.7 million per month in 2020, according to the Ministry of Economy. The drop for the coming years is estimated at R $ 36 million in 2021 and R $ 39 million in 2022.

“Molecada sizzled again”

The reduction in taxes on video games had already been announced by Bolsonaro in early October, during his weekly live. On the occasion, the president said he had asked the IPI reduction to the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, and to the Federal Revenue Service.

“The kids started to complain about the price of electronic games, chips, etc. There were tax steps. We managed to pass the biggest step from 50% to 40%. The kids went back to squeaking, with reason. I already talked to Paulo Guedes, I talked with the IRS. Now we’re going to go from 40% to 30% “, promised Bolsonaro during the transmission.

On the same day, the president mentioned the matter in a post on a social network. “A hug to gamers,” he wrote.

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