Tax

Historically robust at Mattos Filho, the Tax practice continues to live up to the firm’s tradition and reputation acquired over decades.

Both our tax litigators and our non-contentious tax professionals are prepared to deal with all tax matters in all courts in Brazil. Our Tax practice was in high demand throughout 2014, especially with the Tax Recovery Program (REFIS) being re-opened on three separate occasions.

Moreover, the practice participated in most of the year’s leading cases involving tax matters before the highest courts in Brazil, including a case regarding PIS and COFINS tax charges determining the application of COFINS tax in respect of financial institutions.

Furthermore, we have a very active Tax practice in our office in Brasilia. The firm has a group of professionals dedicated to handling tax cases that are conducted in Brazil’s highest courts and cases being conducted at an administrative level before government authorities, such as the Board of Tax Appeals (CARF).

Mattos Filho was the only firm selected to serve on a joint committee of the Brazilian Congress to discuss Provisional Measure No. 627 which was signed into law by President Dilma Rousseff last year (Law No. 12,973/2014). The new Law regulates, among other topics, tax on profit remittances abroad.

Traditionally serving domestic clients, Mattos Filho’s Tax practice has sought to expand its international footprint by visiting firms and clients abroad and also by publishing articles in foreign specialist periodicals. The Tax practice expects further growth for 2015, despite the anticipated slowdown of the Brazilian economy, since this practice is less exposed to cyclical swings in the economy.