Brazilian Federal Revenue Will No Longer Charge IOF: A New Era for Financial Transactions

The Brazilian Federal Revenue will no longer charge the IOF on foreign exchange transactions related to the entry of export revenues in Brazil.

In a ground-breaking move, the Brazilian Federal Revenue has announced a significant policy shift that has captured the attention of both financial experts and the general public alike. The decision to no longer charge IOF (Imposto sobre Operações Financeiras), a tax on financial transactions, is poised to reshape the financial landscape of Brazil. This article delves into the implications of this policy change, its potential effects on various sectors, and what it means for individuals and businesses.

The Federal Revenue of Brazil, most commonly referred to as Receita Federal is the Brazilian federal revenue service agency and a secretariat of the Ministry of the Economy. The bureau has the role of administrating tax collection and the customs of Brazil.

In a press release published on Wednesday a consultation solution to clarify exporters on the incidence of IOF and reformulate their understanding from last year.

CNI Export Competitiveness Forum

According to the CNI, at the end of last year, the Revenue began to demand the payment of 0.38% on foreign exchange that entered the country.

At the time, the IRS’s interpretation was that the exemption would be restricted to those who internalised the export revenue on the same day of the export operation.

According to the CNI Export Competitiveness Forum, companies were unable to perform the export exchange operation on the same day.

At the time, CNI estimated losses of $ 3.7 billion to exporters this year, if the decision was upheld. According to Constanza, companies have even filed lawsuits against the IRS to maintain the exemption.

According to the consultation solution published in the DOU, in the case of foreign exchange operations related to the entry of goods and services export revenues into the country, the IOF tax rate is zero. However, deadlines must be met for companies to be exempt, according to the rules of the CMN and the Central Bank.

According to the document, the export exchange liquidation contract shall be entered into for prompt or future settlement, prior or subsequent to the shipment of the goods or the rendering of the service, observing the maximum period of 750 days between the export operation and liquidating the exchange contract in order to receive the export revenue.


The Brazilian Federal Revenue’s decision to discontinue the collection of the IOF tax marks a pivotal moment in the country’s financial history. This forward-looking policy shift has the potential to catalyse economic growth, attract foreign investment, and empower both businesses and consumers. While challenges exist, careful planning and effective fiscal management can mitigate potential downsides. As Brazil embarks on this new era for financial transactions, all eyes are on the transformative impact this decision will have on the nation’s economic trajectory.

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