Debate on raising taxes to fight poverty is theme of virtual meeting
The pandemic increased government spending on activities to support business, the most vulnerable, and top release funds for the Health sector. With this, the already weakened public accounts worsened, increasing the public deficit. With greater inequality and poverty, the government has been under pressure to find sources of finance to create more robust income distribution programs or to reinforce Bolsa Família. But the question that remains is: where can these resources be found? A recent survey by Datafolha for Oxfam Brasil showed that the majority of Brazilians are in favor of increasing in taxation to finance social policies, as a means of reducing inequality and poverty.
To debate this issue, the Brazilian Institute of Economics (FGV IBRE), which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, with Folha de S. Paulo, the newspaper which celebrates its 100th anniversary, issue an open invite for the webinar, “Should Brazil increase taxes to fight poverty?” The event will be held on June 24, 2021, at 10 am and will be broadcast on FGV and the newspaper on their respective YouTube channels, as well as on FGV's LinkedIn.
Taking part will be Katia Maia, executive director of Oxfam Brasil; Samuel Pessoa, associate researcher at FGV IBRE; and Vilma Pinto, economist and advisor to the Paraná State Finance Department (Sefa). Folha de S. Paulo special reporter, Fernando Canzian, will mediate.
The webinar is aimed at companies from various different sectors, taxation professionals, students and people interested in the subject.
Registration is free and can be done via the link.