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On 13 March 2024, the Brazilian IRS published Normative Instruction 2.180/24 (“IN 2.180/24”), which provides for the taxation of income earned by individuals resident in Brazil from non-interest-bearing deposits abroad, foreign currency held in kind, financial investments, controlled entities and trusts abroad, as well as the option to update the value of assets and rights abroad.
The long-awaited IN 2.180/24 regulates Law 14,754/23, which was passed on 12 December 2023 and brought important clarifications regarding the taxation by Income Tax of individuals (IRPF) with assets abroad.

The Labor Department (MTE) has disclosed in its website some clarifications for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the New Equal Pay Law.
The publication of the FAQ, which was very anticipated by employers, covers questions ranging from the purpose of the creation of the Law to more specific aspects of the publication of the Salary and Remuneration Transparency Report.

With the recent updates from the Labor Department re. the Pay Transparency Report (for companies with 100 or more employees), our Employment and Compensation Group has produced an infographic with the main points of attention related to the topic.

The National Bank for Economic and Social Development (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES)) has informed financial institutions of the extension of the prohibition on contracting rural credit operations and the suspension of the release of funds to clients with current embargoes registered in IBAMA’s Register of Environmental Charges and Embargoes and who have not taken effective measures to regularize them. SUP/ADIG Circular No. 76/2023-BNDES included this prohibition in SUP/AIDIG Circular No. 13/2022-BNDES, which sets out guidelines and general orientations for Accredited Financial Institutions. The Circular was published on 11 December 2023, and will come into effect on 10 March 2024.

On 21 December 2023, the Brazilian House of Representatives approved the new text of Bill 2.148/15, which aims to create the Brazilian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading System, i.e., the regulated carbon market in Brazil. The text will still be sent to the Brazilian Federal Senate and could return to the House of Representatives if further changes are made.

On 16 December 2023, the House of Representatives approved the bill of Tax Reform, based on PEC 45 (Constitutional Amendment Bill), in the final round after the Senate’s approval.

The final wording was published on 21 December 2023 (Constitutional Amendment No 132/23).

Federal Decree No. 11,786/2023 was published on 21 November 2023, establishing the National Policy for Quilombola Territorial and Environmental Management (PNGTAQ). The policy aims to, among others, support and promote territorial and environmental management practices of quilombola communities, strengthen the territorial and environmental rights of these communities, and promote the implementation of public policies in an integrated manner and the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

On 6 November 2023, State Law No. 17,832 of 1 November 2023 was published in the Official Gazette of the State of Sao Paulo, creating the “Consolidation of the State’s Consumer Protection Laws,” which aims to unify the main laws that protect consumer rights in the state, bringing them together in a single document to facilitate legislative consultation.

Following the release of the inaugural standards of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) — IFRS S1 and IFRS S2 — the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM) released the first delivery of what it calls the CVM’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan: CVM Resolution 193, which deals with the preparation and disclosure by publicly traded companies, securitization companies and investment funds of financial information reports related to sustainability.