Umbrella Company in Brazil

Independent contracting in Brazil isn’t always straightforward. You’ve got immigration issues, tax difficulties, and mountains of complex admin work. Even worse, missteps can cost you serious money, or even land you in legal trouble.

Before you consider taking a contract in Brazil, you should be aware of what you’re getting into – and how you can make it simpler

Difficulties of Contracting in Brazil

Generally, you need to have an employer sponsor in order to secure the appropriate work permit and work visa for Brazil.

If you’re working independently, it can be difficult to find clients willing to sponsor you. Moreover, even if your client can do this, you’ll need a new sponsor each time you decide to take on a new contract. Of course, every new sponsor will mean more paperwork.

Also, are you familiar with the intricacies of the tax system in Brazil, as well as your own country’s laws on overseas earnings? If so, good on you!

However, if you’re like the rest of us, figuring out (much less reducing) your tax liability in Brazil and your home country can seem like full-time work in itself.

How Umbrella Companies Work

Most freelance workers aren’t superheroes who successfully tackle these issues all on their own. There are companies who specialise in helping workers make the most out of their contracts.

They’re called Umbrella Companies (or, contractor management companies).

Basically, an Umbrella Company acts as your full-time employer, even though you maintain your independence as a contractor. They collect and filter payments from your clients, filtering out the necessary social security and fees. You send them your timesheets, and they send you payments.

Because they act as your “employer,’ they can sponsor you and provide a single work permit for multiple contracts in Brazil. Even better, most are experts in Brazilian and expat tax law, meaning they’ll also help you optimise your earnings in Brazil.

Although the Umbrella Company is technically your “employer,” you’re essentially freeing yourself to work even more independently. You still dictate your contracts, your hours, your schedule. The Umbrella Company simply filters out the time-consuming admin and immigration issues, allowing you to focus on your new contract.

Why Use an Umbrella Company in Brazil

Most people want to do their work, earn their money and enjoy their spare time without taking on loads of admin in a new country. That is why an umbrella company can help.

When you’re working through an Umbrella Company, you’ll essentially be outsourcing the admin and tax issues to specialists.

While the umbrella company will charge a fee, you’ll likely end up saving more money in the long run: you’ll be able to focus on your work, expertly reduce your tax liability, and comply with all laws and regulations in Brazil (which means avoiding fees, fines, or even worse penalties).

How We Can Help You

There’s a huge variety of Umbrella Companies with different specialities and advantages in Brazil. How do you find the right one for your circumstances?

We work closely with Umbrella Companies all throughout Brazil and match contractors with the right company for them. If you’ve already secured a contract in Brazil, we can help you find your best match (for free). Or, we can simply give you feedback on your situation (for free).

A Contractor's Guide to Taxes in Brazil

One of the most consistently challenging aspects of contracting in Brazil is complying with the country’s tax system. As well as paying tax in Brazil, you might also still be eligible to pay some tax in your home country, and understanding the legislation behind this can be a challenge.

How do I calculate my taxable income in Brazil

If you’re working in Brazil under a permanent contract, many employers will handle your tax under the PAYE (pay-as-you-earn) system. This means that they calculate and process your taxes in Brazil for you and then send you a net wage. Your income tax, public health insurance, social security and other deductions will all be covered by this payment. This is the easiest way to handle your income tax in Brazil, but contractors may not be offered this service because of their short stay with each employer.

Anybody who can’t pay their tax in Brazil through PAYE is left with the prospect doing everything themselves.

Do you know much about Brazilian Tax Law? Does Brazil have a tax treaty with your home country? You will need to find out or find someone who can help! Income tax in Brazil can range from 0 to 27.5 percent, and you need to be sure you are placed in the correct tax brackets.

Tax Filing in Brazil


When Do You Need to Lodge Your Tax Return?30 April
Tax Filing Deadline30 April
Can you file it online?Yes, https://cav.receita.fazenda.gov.br/autenticacao/login

How to File Taxes in Brazil

You can file taxes in Brazil online or taxes on your tablet or mobile phone via the IRPF app which can be downloaded here.

Filing Taxes Online

Step 1: Obtain Access Code for e-CAC

You can apply for an access code on the Receita Federal do Brasil’s (RFB) website by following the link here.

You will need the following information to register for an access code:

  • Your CPF
  • Date of birth
  • The 10-digit receipt number for the previous year’s personal income tax return

Alternatively, you can access e-CAC by obtaining a digital certificate. The RFB’s website provides taxpayers with a list of links to Authorised Certification Authorities here.% You can apply for a digital certificate on the website of the Certification authority you have chosen.

Step 2: Log in to e-CAC

Using your access code or digital access, log in to the e-CAC portal here.

Step 3: File Taxes

A comprehensive guide (in Portuguese) on how to file taxes using e-CAC can be found here. It is recommended that you consult a translator or tax specialist, as all instructions and prompts on e-CAC are written in Portuguese.

Tax Figures in Brazil

CurrencyBrazilian Real (BRL)
Tax-free Threshold in BrazilBRL1,903.98
Income Tax Rates
Grossed Income Tax Rate (%)
0 - 1,903.98 0%
>1,903.98 - 2,826.65 7.5%
>2,826.65 - 3,751.05 15%
>3,751.06 - 4,664.68 22.5%
>4,664.68 27.5%
Notes

Tax Rates for Non-Residents: Non-residents are subject to a flat employment income tax rate of 25% (with no deductions allowed).

Deductions: Deductibles from an individual’s annual taxable income include dependants (a specific amount specified by the tax authorities every year), alimony payments, tuition expenses, medical expenses, social security contributions, and private pension contributions.

Tax Residency in Brazil

When do you become a tax resident in Brazil

You become a tax resident in Brazil when:

  • You are a Brazilian citizen living in Brazil;
  • You are a Brazilian resident living abroad within the first 12 months of your departure (if the exit process has not been filed);
  • You are a naturalised foreign national living in Brazil;
  • You are a foreign national and a holder of a permanent or temporary visa under an employment contract with a Brazilian entity;
  • You are a foreign national, a holder of a temporary visa without an employment contract with a Brazilian entity, and have stayed in Brazil for at least 183 days within a 12-month period; or

You enter into Brazil under a temporary visa to work as a doctor under the ‘Mais Médicos’ program.

Does the 183 day rule apply in Brazil

Yes

Am I taxed on my global income in Brazil

Residents are taxed on their global income. Non-residents are taxed on their Brazil-source income only.

Can you set up your own Limited Company in Brazil

How long does it take to set up 101.5 days
How much does it costBRL1,184.03 – BRL1,334.03
Is it easy? Starting a Business Rank: 176/190 (Source: World Bank)

Tax Calculator in Brazil

If you are a contractor and want a calculation on your tax and net retention in Brazil, we can supply it to you free of charge.

Using an Umbrella Company for Income Tax in Brazil

Contractors in Brazil are faced with masses of paperwork and numerous wasted hours filing a tax return unless they find an alternative option. A Brazilian umbrella company can act as your employer during your stay in the country whilst still allowing you the freedom of a contractor. The only difference is that you submit your timesheets to them; they’ll calculate and pay your taxes as you earn, and then you receive a net wage (as well as documentation for your records).

The companies are experts in Brazilian taxation, and they’ll ensure that you keep the largest proportion of your earnings whilst complying with local laws. They can deal with any issues with the Brazilian tax office or tax department directly including processing your tax refund if you are eligible.

How We Can Help You with Tax in Brazil

We work with numerous umbrella companies in Brazil, many of whom are experts in tax and immigration laws. If you have any questions about tax in Brazil, we’ll get the answers from them directly so you can rest assured you’ll be getting accurate information. We have comprehensive knowledge of the different services they provide, and can help you find the right company to handle your income tax. We help oil and gas workers, software developers, IT project managers, testers, business analysts and telecommunications contractors get tax efficient payments and sponsorship for their Brazilian work permit.

Our advice is 100 percent free, and comes with no obligations. You will be paying taxes in Brazil but without the overhead of directly dealing with the Brazilian tax authorities. Get in touch with us today for some reliable advice on tax in Brazil!

A Contractor's Guide to Work Permits in Brazil

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor hoping to start working in Brazil. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Brazilian work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer.

The Brazilian work permit, known more commonly as the Brazilian Work Visa, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Brazil is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue.

 

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Work Permit in Brazil ?

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Brazilian work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Brazil infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Brazilian immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Brazilian Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in Brazil. It depends on your specific visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Brazil.

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