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Brazil Tax Burden

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Brazilian tax burden is nearing 40 % of GNP; it closed the first semester of 2003 at 37.57%, up from 36.92% at the end of 2002, and keeping an upward trend which started in 1996. The table below shows the tax burden since 1994, as percentage of GNP:

Year 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Tax Burden 28.61% 28.92% 27.29% 27.47% 29.33% 31.64% 33.28% 35.48% 36.45%

This page shows a break down, by taxes, of the burden in the first half of 2003.
The burden is the highest among emerging countries, and comparable to those in rich countries.
Corporations say that the high taxes compromise Brazilian competitivity in the global market.
The middle class complain that, besides paying high taxes, there is not a return in services from the government; most middle class families have to pay for private education, private health, and, more recently, private safety.

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