Lower house approves tax exemption for tablets

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Brazil's lower house has approved a government provisional decree (MP) reducing taxation on tablets produced domestically, according to the lower house's website.

The decree, now a bill, next heads to the senate for discussion.

Under the bill, sales of tablets produced in the country would be exempt from the PIS and Cofins welfare taxes. Cost reduction for the end consumer is expected to reach some 31%, according to the communications ministry.

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Initially, exemption will be in effect for models that are at least 20% manufactured in Brazil. But by 2014, that ratio is expected to reach 80%.

In related news, science and technology minister Aloizio Mercadante has confirmed that Chinese electronics producer Foxconn will begin producing Apple's iPhone and iPad by October and before Christmas time, respectively.

Asus and Motorola have also announced their intention to produce tablets in Brazil.