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Crusoe. “Income Tax Table Crime”

The government is now negotiating a tax hike to correct the crime of not correcting the income tax table.

It is said that the Soviet general who visited London was received by government officials to get to know the country and the local economy. During one of his many visits to factories and markets, he asked who was in charge of distributing bread in London.

It may sound like a joke, but in Brazil in the 60s and 70s, that’s exactly how it was, or almost so.

Eduardo de Carvalho, head of the Ministry of Finance’s economic advisory services during the Delfim Netto administration, reported how price indices worked in Brazil during the dictatorship.

According to Carvalho, Delfim was extremely concerned about prices in Guanabara, which have a higher weight in the index prepared by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV). The concern reached the point where the ministry negotiated a product swap at Ceasa do Rio to monitor the index.

It worked like this:…

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