Tax reform needs to focus on reducing inequality, specialist argues
Eloísa Machado de Almeida, a professor and the coordinator of the Supreme Federal Court Analysis project at the FGV’s Sao Paulo Law School, took part in a seminar titled “The role of tax reform in reducing inequality in Brazil,” held in Brasilia on March 11 by Oxfam Brasil and the National Federation of State and District Tax Authorities (Fenafisco).
According to Charles Alcântara, Fenafisco’s president, recent debate about tax reform has focused exclusively on the need to simplify consumption taxes and neglected the taxation of income and wealth. “We need to reflect on decisions that are being made in Congress. For this reason, this seminar is a good opportunity to present important subjects to society,” he said during the event.
Almeida, who is also a lawyer and a member of the Human Rights Advocacy Collective (CADHu), took part in a panel discussion about the role of the Constitution and taxation. She said it is important to debate this issue because “we need to take the Constitution seriously and recognize once and for all that a tax system that creates inequality is unfair and unconstitutional.”
The other member of this panel discussion was Elida Graziane, a prosecutor at the Accounting Branch of the Sao Paulo Public Prosecutors’ Office. The moderator was Carolina Brígido, an O Globo journalist.