By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian government has extended its policy of reduced IPI (tax on industrialized products) for vehicles for a fourth time, with a return to standard rates now scheduled for December 2013. Until then it will range between two and eight percent. Car sales have been boosted by the lure of substantial reductions in IPI tax on many vehicles, photo by Marcela Camargo/ABr. The initial term for reduced IPI, which was cut to between zero and 6.5 percent depending on the vehicle, was only three months when it was first announced in May 2012, but the policy was repeatedly extended as the economy showed scant evidence of a recovery. However, the IPI rate is being gradually increased: vehicles running flex-fuel or gasoline engines under 1,000cc, which had enjoyed zero-rated IPI down from an original seven percent, had the rate increased to two percent. For those flex-fuel engines between 1,000 and 2,000cc, the original 11 percent had been slashed to 5.5 percent and has now been increased to seven percent. Equivalent gasoline engines had theirs slashed to eight percent. Under previous plans, April 1st should have seen these values creep up towards the normal rate, but instead they have been held until December, depriving the tax coffers of a further US$1.1 billion. However, the government believes the lower IPI rate, one of a raft of anti-crisis stimulus measures to have been implemented, are outweighed by the benefits to be reaped from stronger sales in the country’s auto industry. It is still to be seen whether the government will extend the policy for domestic appliances: refrigerators, ovens and washing machines had been exempted from the tax to boost sales. After bumper sales in 2012, the white goods industry is asking the government to maintain the tax break, as it fears that with IPI rates returning to their normal level, sales will slump by as much as ten percent. President Rousseff’s government is said to be keen to keep auto industry sales performing strongly; politicians hope this in turn will continue to stimulate the country’s economy and keep inflation in check, something of particular important in the run-up to presidential elections in 2014. Read more (in Portuguese). * The Rio Times Daily Updates feature is offered to help keep you up-to-date with important news as it happens. 7 Responses to "Reduced IPI on Cars Extended Again: Daily" Pingback: Brazil Vehicle Sales Up Twenty Percent in March: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: IPI Tax on Cars in Brazil Reduced for Fourth Time Jess April 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM That’s cool, everyone deserves a well priced car! Pingback: Brazilian Tax Day Deadline Approaching | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Brazil's Home Appliance, Furniture Taxes to Rise in October: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Brazil's Car Sales in January Up Amid Slump: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Brazil Automobile Production Down 3.6 Percent Last Month | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.