The Assembly has largely restored its version Tuesday night at the new reading of the amending budget 2015, but eventually retoqué tax amnesty for online news sites and the obligation to make public the “reporting” for large companies.
Both measures were adopted on first reading and was removed in the Senate.
Amendments to a tax amnesty for newspaper online sites, mainly Mediapart and Still Images, subject to an adjustment for being self-applied a reduced rate of VAT were passed in extremis at first reading (11 votes against 10 ) early December. The Senate had then removed the tax act covering the period from 2008 to early 2014.
Tuesday night, the Assembly finally retoqué by 40 votes against 22 amendments defended by socialists and ecologists deputies, the Secretary of State for the Budget Christian Eckert judging the “unworkable” and sources of constitutional problems.
The other notable evolution from the first reading concerning the obligation to make public the “reporting” for large companies, which had been adopted against the advice of the government during the first passage of the text before MPs.
Tuesday night, the measure intended to fight against the optimization and tax evasion, was first adopted by 28 votes against 24, but Christian Eckert immediately requested an adjournment for a second deliberation, including arguing for “Risk for competitiveness”.
After some 40 minutes’ adjournment, a new vote was held. This time, MEPs rejected the device by 25 votes against 21. The MP-Fanélie Carrey Conte (PS) lamented on Twitter “a missed opportunity”.
MEPs have also previously restored in committee Monday most of the provisions deleted by the Senate, including all that relates to energy taxation, such as the gradual convergence between diesel and petrol. In this area, they have, however, rejected at the meeting of the amendments that were adopted in committee and which provided for the gradual alignment of tax benefits for diesel vehicles in corporate fleets parks to gasoline vehicles by 2019. ” sad, “said the environmentalist on Twitter Denis Baupin, adding a picture of an exhaust pipe spewing smoke.
On this issue, the Secretary of State for the Budget Christian Eckert said the government had already given “many signals” regarding environmental taxation, pointing to the economic risk and the use of these amendments.
In the end, this draft amending finance law, supported by socialists, radicals and environmentalists, designed to provide the ultimate budgetary changes to the current year, provides a public deficit of 3.8%, with a hole in the state budget of 73.3 billion euros.
On the revenue side, the government expects tax revenues slightly lower than expected (278.7 billion), due to a reduction in VAT of approximately one billion euros, related to the low inflation (0.1% ).
The text also provides for 6.3 billion euros in additional savings, including three billion on departmental appropriations to finance as many expenses, partly military (external operations) and social (including supported employment).
After this new reading, the text will leave the Senate before its final adoption by the Assembly Thursday.