Time and Location

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 15:30 – 17:30
Haus des Sports, Prinz Eugen-Straße 12, 1040 Vienna


Maria Regina Duarte, Receita Federal do Brasil / Instituto Justiça Fiscal, Porto Alegre (Brasil)

Jean François Tanda, journalist, Zürich (Switzerland)

Opening: Harald Treiber, Federal Ministry of Sport

Chair: Martina Neuwirth, VIDC

Languages: German, Portuguese (simultaneous translation)

Tax Haven FIFA? Football World Cup 2014



The World Cup in Brazil is already preparing for agitation and country-wide protests. Besides corruption and social grievances, many Brazilians also criticize the immense financial costs of the tournament. The FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa cost about four billion Euros, therefore Brazil will have to spend more than eight billion on it; the majority borne by the public.
The winners of such conditions include FIFA. FIFA’s income is estimated at four billion Euros—tax-exempt in Brazil.
The negotiated conditions from FIFA don’t allow for any exceptions. Other organizations, like the International Olympic Committee, impose similar demands. Moreover some of these organizations also receive tax breaks in their homelands as non-profit Swiss corporations.
How do huge sporting events justify their tax breaks in the face of empty state treasuries? Which conditions will the hosts ask for and why? What interest-convergences are there? Should future changes be expected?


Maria Regina Duarte

has worked since 1994 as a tax auditor at the Brazilian internal revenue office: Receita Federal do Brasil. She is one of the founding members of the “Instituto Justiça Fiscal,” established in Porto Alegre.

Jean François Tanda

works as a Economic Journalist for the Swiss “Blick”-Group. Before that he worked for Handelszeitung, among others. Tanda has been occupied many years with FIFA.

The event is part of "Nosso Jogo" - an initiative for a globale Fair Play.