Friday, October 28, 2016

Mps refuse to tax the income earned from Airbnb or Drivy, Le Figaro

At the request of the government, members of parliament, who had initially rejected the principle of make pay social security contributions in the private renting of goods through collaborative platforms, have voted on again during and validating the text.

Bad news for the users of the collaborative platforms of the type Airbnb or Drivy: the members are back on their decision and finally approved the article of the draft law of financing social Security which provides for the taxation of income from collaborative platforms.

In the night from Wednesday to Thursday last, the national Assembly had yet spoken against the assimilation of individuals to the rental professionals at beyond a certain level of income. A number of mps, mainly from the right, had held that the issue “was not ripe” and did not want to, as Isabelle Le Callennec (LR), “corseter an activity that emerges from and relates to people who want to round their monthly”. “It is unlikely to make affiliation to the RSI for individuals who rent their car, their camping-car, or their boat”, was added Dominique Tian (LR), while “this is a complement of income”. They had received the support of some deputies of the left. For the ecologist Jean-Louis Roumegas, “we miss the essence of the collaborative economy.. This allows her to keep her apartment, pay her expenses, go on holidays in small towns, where there is no tourism offer. We will kill all of this for lobbies professionals”.

Fight against unfair competition

But the rejection, with 18 votes against 14, was not considered significant by the government, which has demanded Thursday evening that the articles to be voted on again during. The secretary of State for the Budget Christian Eckert had argued that the vote had taken place “at a time of the morning” and that three deputies PS had indicated then to be deceived to vote. An argument that is not shared by the opposition: “everyone was very aware and this vote was taken after a suspension of the meeting”, said the mp LR Arnaud Viala.

The article provides that for the rental of apartments, for example, by a platform of the type Airbnb, a particular will need, beyond 23.000 € of annual revenue, join the social Regime of independent (RSI) and pay the social contributions afferent. For the rent of movable property (cars, boats, lawn mowers…), the government proposed a threshold of 3860 euros but agreed to double, to 7720 euros, in the face of criticism from members finding it too low. The objective of the government is to fight against abuse and unfair competition sometimes created.

risk of black work

Before the second voting, the opposition was returned to the charge with a handful of amendments to modify the measure, but in vain. “You’re going to have a party (of the activity) that will toggle the black” and “you’ll see, the consequences for low-income households,” said Charles de Courson (IDU). “The government is committed to the Senate and second reading to enrich the text”, in particular, concerning the rules for the cottages and the guest rooms, said for his part Mr. Eckert.

The Umih, the main organization for the hospitality industry, which had deplored the decision taken by the deputies in a first time, should now rejoice. The organization asked for “a better equity between the different actors of the accommodation” and called “to establish the automatic transmission of data by the platform (rental) to the tax authorities”. In a press release, the founder of Drivy, a platform to rent cars between private individuals, Paulin Dementhon, on the other hand said “disappointed”. It is necessary to distinguish between “activities that are part of the sharing of costs of those whose earnings are in excess of the cost of use, all of which generate profits. Once this clarification has been made, then the debate on the framework beyond the sharing of costs may be possible,” he wrote.


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