Brazil Launches Provisional Measure, Ending 20-Year Wait for Sports Betting

Published May 18, 2023 by OCR Editor

Brazil Launches Provisional Measure, Ending 20-Year Wait for Sports Betting

After two decades of anticipation, Brazil's government has finally introduced a provisional measure, ending the long wait for legalized sports betting.

Brazil Ends 20-Year Wait for Sportsbetting as Government Launches Provisional Measure.

After a long-awaited period of 20 years, Brazil's government has finally founded a provisional measure (PM) for Sportsbetting, signaling a significant milestone for the country. President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva officially adopted the PM and signed it by various ministries, including finance, planning, management, health, tourism, and sports.

Once President Lula signs the PM, it will be issued by the Brazilian government and enacted for an initial maximum of 60 days, with the option of an extension for an additional 60 days period. This move brings Brazil closer to establishing a regulated and legal sports betting market.

The PM introduces several measures to ensure the smooth functioning of sports betting in Brazil. Licensed operators must pay a 16% tax on gross gaming revenue (GGR), with portions of the proceeds allocated to public health initiatives and anti-match-fixing efforts. Notably, 2.5% of the tax revenue will be directed to the National Fund for Public Security, sports clubs will receive 1.6%, and social security will be allocated 10%. The Ministry of Sports and Education initiatives will also receive their share, with 1% and 0.8%, respectively.

In addition to the taxation framework, players participating in sports betting will be subject to a 30% income tax on their winnings, capped at R$2,112 (£344/€395/$429). These measures aim to ensure fairness and generate revenue streams for important sectors of Brazilian society.

The responsibility of regulating sports betting in the country will fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance, which will oversee advertising regulations and impose fines on those violating the rules. In addition, certain groups, such as individuals under 18, individuals associated with sports organizations (including athletes), and employees of bookmakers, will be prohibited from placing bets.
For regulation support, the ministry will establish a new secretariat called the special secretariat of the federal revenue of Brazil under the Ministry of Finance. This secretariat will assess operators' compliance with licensing conditions, ensuring that only qualified and responsible entities will get the licenses.

While a law to regulate sports betting was already in place since 2018, progress was hindered under the previous administration led by Jair Bolsonaro. However, with the recent launch of the PM, Brazil is finally taking concrete steps toward creating a regulated market for sports betting.
Hugo Baumgartner, an expert in the field, shared his insights on Brazil's future regulated market during an episode of iGB's World Series of Politics podcast earlier this week. His analysis sheds light on the potential landscape that may emerge in Brazil's sports betting sector, signaling positive prospects for both operators and enthusiasts awaiting the new generation of regulated sports betting in the country.

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