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    Rio Adopts Environmental Registry and Inspection Tax

    By Keith R | April 19, 2009

    Topics: Environmental Governance | No Comments »

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    Rio de Janeiro just became the latest Brazilian state to adopt a state-level version of the Federal Technical Registry (CTF) and Environmental Control and Inspection Tax (TCFA).

    The CTF was created by law in 2000 as a federal registry of industries and activities that the national environment authority, IBAMA, deems likely to produce pollution, and therefore need monitoring and inspection. The TCFA is a fee linked to the registry, charged on industry to fund IBAMA’s monitoring and inspection efforts.  Each year by 31 March industries covered by the CTF must report data on their activities in the prior year and renew their registration.  Industry has never liked the TCFA, but so far their legal challenges to the measure have failed.

    Since the CTF/TCFA were created, several states have decided to create their own state-level versions of both.  These include Bahia, Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pernambuco and Santa Catarina. [Rio Grande do Norte created a version of the tax, but not the registry.]  As with the federal counterpart, the cost of a state registration to a company depends on a matrix provided in the original law, which rates each industry as “low,” “medium” or “high” risk of polluting, and divides companies by size of gross annual income.  Brazilian federal law provides that the amount that companies pay in fees to a state registry can be used as a credit against the fees to the federal registry, up to 60% of the amount owed under the federal scheme.

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