MEI received changes in Brazil in 2024, check it out

New rules apply to all individual microentrepreneurs! Find out everything about the changes confirmed for the MEI in 2024, including the new DAS value and the billing ceiling.

In 2024, Individual Microentrepreneurs (MEI) in Brazil will face a series of significant changes that could redefine the contours of the category in the country. Among the proposed changes, the one that draws the most attention is the significant increase in the annual billing limit.

Along with changes to fees and contributions, these new features bring both opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs. All the details are in our guide below; check out!

Everything about the changes to the MEI in 2024! Credit: plasticaxe.

Understanding MEI Taxation

The MEI model was created with the aim of formalizing self-employed professionals, offering a simplified tax regime and benefits such as access to social security rights.

This model allows small business owners with limited annual revenue to enjoy a reduced tax burden, facilitating financial management and encouraging the legality of small businesses.

MEI is taxed through a fixed monthly amount, which includes federal taxes (ISS and ICMS) and contributions to Social Security.

The objective of the simplified model is to simplify the payment of taxes, allowing entrepreneurs to focus more on developing their business and less on tax bureaucracy.

Changes to MEI in 2024: New billing ceiling

The most impactful change for the MEI in 2024 is, without a doubt, the increase in the category’s annual revenue limit.

Until then set at R$81 thousand, the new proposed ceiling rises to approximately R$144 thousand. The expansion represents an unprecedented opportunity for micro-entrepreneurs to expand their businesses without the need to transition to a more complex and onerous tax regime.

New DAS rate for MEI in 2024

In addition to the adjustment to the billing limit, a new structure for the Declaration of Aptitude for Simples Nacional (DAS) fees is proposed.

The fees, which currently vary between R$70.60 and R$76.60, will be graduated depending on the company’s revenue. This means that entrepreneurs with lower revenues will pay less, thus encouraging the formalization and scalable growth of businesses.

Changes to MEI in 2024: Social security contribution

Another significant change refers to social security contributions. The idea is to allow the MEI to contribute beyond the amount equivalent to the remuneration of a minimum wage, thus enabling a greater return at the time of retirement.

This flexibility seeks to offer more security and predictability for the financial future of entrepreneurs.

The news doesn’t stop there! Bolsa Família beneficiaries will also be affected by the changes, with the government seeking to facilitate the formalization of these people as MEI.

The proposal includes charging a "symbolic" amount during the transition phase, with government support for one or two years, thus promoting productive inclusion and financial autonomy.

Develop Companies Program

Finally, to support entrepreneurs in regularizing their activities and debts, the launch of the Desenrola Empresas program is planned.

This initiative is especially aimed at those who benefited from the Support Program for Micro and Small Businesses (Pronampe), offering paths for debt renegotiation and business sustainability.

Challenges for approving proposals

Despite the optimism brought by the proposals, the MEI reform still faces resistance and depends on approval from the Ministry of Finance for its implementation.

Dialogue between the sectors involved and the construction of a consensus are essential for these changes to materialize and effectively contribute to strengthening entrepreneurship in Brazil.

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