Brazil lifts minimum wage, cuts tax on stock market earnings
* Minimum wage to go up by 9 percent
* Exempts from tax up 6,000 reais in stock-market gains
BRASILIA, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Brazil's government said on Monday it would raise the statutory monthly minimum wage by an above-inflation 9 percent to 678 reais ($330) a month, a rise that comes at the end of a year of tepid economic growth.
The government also said it would exempt from taxation up to 6,000 reais from stock-market gains and profit-sharing plans, and announced new tax brackets setting out rates payable on gains larger than that. The highest would be 27.5 percent on earnings of 15,000 reais or more.
The government expects to forgo around 1.7 billion reais in tax income as a result of the new exemptions.
Both measures, which were announced by the office of President Dilma Rousseff, will take effect on Jan. 1 and will be published in the official journal on Wednesday. They must still be formally approved by Congress.
The increase in the minimum wage was higher than the 670.95 reais that had been proposed in the government's draft budget for 2013, which was sent to Congress at the end of August.
Economists forecast 2012 consumer price inflation will come in at 5.7 percent.
($1 = 2.0788 Brazilian reals)
(Reporting by Hugo Bachega; Writing by Peter Murphy; Editing by Peter Galloway)