France announces tax increases to collect € 33,000 million
By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
The President of France, François Hollande, announced at last night a new plan to increase government revenue by 33,000 million euros, the highest increase of the last decades. Most of the money the government intends to collect will come from taxes increases, which will render between 15,000 and 20,000 million. Hollande spoke last week about his plan to “reduce the deficit to 3 percent by the end of 2013″. During his talk, the leader described the plan announced last night as “the largest tax effort of the last thirty years.”
Last night, Hollande explained that the so-called adjustments to the French population. The French President explained last week some of the main points of his plan, which does not provide – according to him — for a general increase but a “rational and consistent with the ability of each individual,” he said. “Everybody will contribute according to their means,” Hollande added without providing further details and argued that “having future generations pay today’s deficit sounds like an anomaly.” He also stressed that the crisis does not justify everything. Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? The unreasonable part is that the government should not be financing its gargantuan budget or deficit by stealing money from people who have worked hard to earn it.
Although Hollande had announced a 75% increase in taxes on the wealthiest, some french media outlets have announced that Hollande may backtrack on that initiative. It was almost predictable that the French president would make the poorest pay for government expenses and that his plan to tax the richest was just a smoke screen to gain confidence from the gullible population. The so-called exceptional tax of 75% on large fortunes, would have soften the burden on the poorest taxpayers, focusing mainly on large companies, as in the tax levy, which could be 67%.
According to Le Figaro, the proposal presented by Hollande during the election campaign, which raised the possibility to impose a tax of 75% for taxpayers with incomes above one million euros, would be “reduced to a minimum.” This proposal has become particularly relevant after news that the richest man in France, Bernald Arnault, announced his intention to apply for dual Franco-Belgian nationality.
Arnault, who leads companies such as Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Moët & Chandon, has a personal fortune of 41,000 million euros. Specifically, the Government has decided that the exceptional tax only includes the gross income from work, leaving out capital gains and properties. Also, in the case of couples, the threshold would be raised to two million euros.