Tax Incentives for Tobacco and Weapon Industry in Brazil
According to a report from media outlet Metro1 on February 5th, companies in the tobacco and weapons industries received tax benefits totaling over 180 million Brazilian reais in 2021.
In the weapons industry, nine companies are benefiting, with CBC (Brazilian Ammunition Company) leading the pack with a discount of 95.4 million reais. Taurus follows closely in the second position with a discount of 30.3 million reais. In the tobacco industry, Tobacco House and Philip Morris, the manufacturer of Marlboro, have secured the largest discounts of approximately 9 million reais (around 13.03 million yuan).
According to data, 57% of the Brazilian public opposes providing tax benefits to industries that are harmful to health and the environment. The Ministry of Health also supports imposing higher taxes on these products. However, the national crackdown on piracy and illegal forums warns that increasing taxes may lead to an increase in smuggling risks.
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