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Brazil: Tinder for Jobs

Currently, the Brazilian government is working on measures to liberalize its economy. The article outlines what companies have to prepare for. Because of the  forecasts of a sinking GDP the Brazilian Ministry of Economy created a package of measures aimed at increasing productivity and employment. The measures should last between 90 and 360 days. Four…

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New Legislation in Chile to Fight Corruption

On November 20th, 2018, the new Law 21,121 has been published in Chile introducing changes to the criminal law with view to corruption. The law increases the sanctions for some existing crimes and introduces new offenses as well. The new law has the following focal points: New criminal law sanctions Private bribery Bribery Higher sanctions…

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Brazil: GM stays in São Caetano do Sul thanks to tax cuts

The municipality of São Caetano founded ProAuto in order to free car manufacturer GM from the IPTU tax, reduce the ISS tax to 2% and lower the costs for waste water.   Tax Gifts for Car Manufacturers Just recently, GM announced 10 Billion R $ investments into its plants in São Paulo in order to…

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Chile: MFN Principle in International Contracts

According to the most favored nation (MFN) principle a state has to grant the same foreign trade privilege to other states which it grated to a third state. The principle is the base of GATT and many other international trade agreements.   Chile-Japan Treaty The treaty between Chile and Japan which came into effect in…

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New e-Invoicing Models in LATAM in 2019

Multiple Latin American countries such as Guatemala, Panama or Paraguay develop their own e-Invoicing models. They follow their regional neighbors with more sophisticated e-Invoicing systems such as Mexico, Brazil or Chile.   The most important News for 2019   Country e-Invoicing News 2019 Argentina from April 2019 on mandatory + combination with R.E.C.E. Guatemala introduction…

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LATAM: Economic Recovery 2019

At the end of the super election year it is worthwhile to look at the economic prognoses of the region and the individual countries. Where can economic growth be expected? Which political and economic decisions will support or hinder such growth? What can be expected of the new governments? This article will provide a general…

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The Brazilian Reporting Trap

Because of the encompassing reporting duties the Brazilian finance and tax authorities know almost everything about companies residing in Brazil. Moreover, they have five years’ time  to check submitted data and initiate an audit. Such inspections are carried out with the utmost scrutiny and usually lead to high fines. However, SAP in Brazil does not…

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Brazil: new social security contributions on meal benefits

There is no such thing as a free lunch In Brazil there is a meal benefits system in place, the Programa de Alimentação do trabalhador (PAT),  which up until recently enabled companies to contract catering companies for providing discounted meals to their employees. However, the tax appellate court (Conselho Administrativo de Recursos Fiscais) has decided…

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