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Brazil Boosts Formal Domestic Work Allowing Tax Deduction

In comments about the provisional measure (Medida Provisória, MP) that establishes incentives for the formalization of domestic work, Brazilian Minister Nilcéa Freire, special secretary of Policies for Women, said that the government is attempting to reduce informality in this area.

Domestic work is one of the sectors with the largest contingent of female workers in Brazil and in which employment is the least secure. Brazil has 6.5 million domestic workers, 4.8 million of whom belong to the informal economy.

According to the Minister, by allowing taxpayers to discount the annual sum they contribute to Social Security on behalf of their employees – equivalent to 12% of employees’ salaries -, the government is telling society that it is willing to share this burden, which represents the cost of citizenship and social justice.

The discount, which for each taxpayer will be limited to the contribution for a single domestic worker who earns the minimum wage, will not be lumped together with other deductions, such as educational and medical expenses and allowances for dependents. Instead, it will be subtracted at the end from the amount of tax owed.

According to the secretary of Social Security, Helmut Schwarzer, with this measure the federal government initially expects to remove 1.12 million domestic workers from the informal economy.

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  • Ana Medeiros de Melo Mourao

    The discrimination,humiliation against domnestic employees that are not mentined in the newpaper.
    It is very interesting the percentage of domestic workers in Brazil. To my understanding and according to the statistic Brazilian’s domestic works plays a major role in the Brazil’s economy and at the same time they are the largest working group who providing all sort of cheap services to thos who are interested in thier services paying a non- fair fee for their work. Besides worked for a measirable few Reais these poeple are treat and considered as a thing. a thing who does not think,does not have need and does not have fellings. The Domestic wokers in Beazil are treat very..very unfiar by their employees.To better understant what I am traying to explain, I will give same facts from several domestic employees who had been victimized, injuries and discriminated by thier employers because of thier social status.Social status in the Brasillian society is a very serious problem wchih Brazilian’s domestic workers faces, furhter more the lack of respect by their employers are inaceptable, According to these employers the domestic worker has schedule time to arrive to work but they do not have time to stop working what it makes even worse the domestic workers condition is that there is no strict laws wich would protected the workers, and obligated the abuser to pay the employees the over time woked. All the over time worked it is not paid.The employer pays only whatever ampount they wnats,to the worker, eventhough when sametimes happened the worked arrived a few minuts late and worked over time the employer fells that they have the right to discounts those few minutes late. Being paid the same amount determined by the employer wchich means that all the over time woked is not paid and on top of that the workers are schologically humiliated by thier employers. The other point is employers thinks that giving a job to low class individual,on thier minds they assumed that they are doing a favor to that individual who need desparetly to work for not to starve to death. why is that? Because Brazil does not have a severe laws to protected these workers who are asexually abused, shcologicaly abuse, and their rights as a humna being are not respect.Facts, Recently precesily last year a girl who used to woked in famili’s house in Rio de Janiero Lagoa, these woman who a won’t mentioned her named, she has been phisically,schologicaly, verbally abused and her rights as a human being has been violetd by the daughter of this family. Apparently this rich girl who humiliates the house’s workers employees, she is the dauther of the IBGE in Brazil. The othe fact was a friend of mine who went trough this bed experience because she needed to work in order to put food in her table. This happened in Rio de Janeiros in Batafogo This person is the owner of the Cademian da Cachaca in Rio de Janeiro.The worked who have been working for this woman for about 15 years,who now only does house shores a day a week for this lady. It happened that the housekeeper got late to work becuase of the bed traffic in the Brasil Avenue in Rio. Gtting late in the job the Lady wich inicial E Said to the work” Ms. your are late few minuts we have agreement,now becuase you got late I will discount you hours that will work” As I mentioned before the sad part of this is that this worker as known by Ms.E for 15 yeras or more, and her housekeeper is always on time and on top of that she alwasy worked overtime for this lady and she is never apaid for, besides that this poor worker does not say anything because she is afraid to lose the miserable Ciquenta Reais wchich she makes a day a week whcih is the maney that she lives on. There is much more about this issu in Brazil but nobody cares!

  • Guest

    A joke !
    Because then, many brazilian will have to justify to the tax authorities, from where the money to pay the worker came from ! And as most of the money came from “non taxable” commissions, red tape or corruption …..guess how stupid such a law is !

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