Brazil’s GDP disappoints but tax burden is record

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR7vRzhKYVmVmt4hx1gFUI3OEbTQSmDLipvISUG9DRUn5hga7wC6ABrazil’s third-quarter GDP disappointed analysts with 0.6% versus a market consensus of 1.2%.  revisions in GDP growth forecasts for both this year and 2013. 

Main surprises

Private consumption was up 0.9% but  investment decreased  (-2.0%) and government spending (+0.1%) came as the main surprises, according to ITAU BBA research. What did well? Agriculture sector with 2.5% while the industry did reasonably well: 1.1%. Service activity stood flat. 

Tax burden

And what is holding Brazil back? What about this:

More than a third of all that Brazil produced in 2011 went to pay taxes.

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Source: Blog do Onyx

According to figures released by the Brazilian IRS, the tax burden last year accounted for 35.31% of the GDP, the highest percentage ever recorded! It is up 2% compared to 2010.  So far greater tax burden had been recorded in 2008, when the percentage reached 34.54%. As the figure  shows, every Brazilian works 4 months and 25 days for “government”s  (federal, state and city).

 

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About Hildete Vodopives

Hildete de Moraes Vodopives is founder of Brazil Global and of the Harvard Strategists. She is a member of the Brazilian Investment Analysts Association (APIMEC-Rio) where she served as Corporate Relations Director and later, on the board. Hildete advises companies doing business in Brazil.
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