Sanctioned law granting tax facilities to the telecommunications sector

President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned Law 12,715 last Tuesday, 18, which expands the Brasil Maior Plan and, among other things, grants tax incentives for the purchase of computers for public schools and resumes the One Computer Per Student Program (Prouca) . The telecommunications sector is keeping an eye on the text, which also instituted facilities for telephone and broadband equipment and networks.

There will be a reduction in the charge of the Telecommunications Inspection Fund (Fistel) on communication equipment between machines, the M2M. According to the Brazilian Telecommunications Association (Telebrasil), there are about 6 million M2M terminals among the 256 million mobile phone chips in operation. The M2M chip is seen, for example, in credit card machines, and the market is expected to jump to 2 billion devices in 2020.

The reduction in charges generates a drop in the Installation Inspection Fee (TFI), charged for each chip activation, which went from R $ 26.83 to R $ 5.68. The Operating Inspection Fee (TFF), which is charged annually on each chip, dropped to R $ 1.87.

In addition, there will be a reduction in Fistel and other federal taxes on equipment and services that will use the 450 MHz band – chosen to help expand broadband in rural areas. The law also provides for total exemption from PIS / Pasep and Cofins for smartphones and routers, and a special tax regime for the deployment of telecommunications networks, to be regulated by the Ministry of Communications.

One article, 34, was vetoed by the president. The topic freed the Ministry to use Fistel resources for strategic investments.

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