The Paris City Council is considering an increase in the tax on the wealthiest tourists

The city of Paris is considering a tax on wealthy tourists. In a recent report, the city council recommended a higher tax on vacant homes and offices, and on wealthier visitors, which would require legislative intervention.

While the city assesses the cost of the health crisis in France at 1.2 billion euros, between loss of earnings and additional expenses, “the current system of taxation of local authorities is at the end of its tether, and must be reformed from urgently,” said Nicolas Bonnet-Oulaldj, CEO. of the Socialist Party, and Paul Simondon, deputy mayor of Paris in Anne Hidalgo’s finance department.

Among these, three are housing incentives: the launch of an additional tax on vacant offices, the increase in the tax on vacant housing (at least four times) or even the lifting of the ceiling on the tax increase. housing on second homes in tight areas. Others are aimed at the wealthiest tourists, with a removal of the ceiling on the tourist tax on luxury hotels and palaces.

The idea is to better tax the profits of multinationals based in Paris and to make the digital economy and the delivery sector contribute more.

Paul Simondon, Deputy Mayor of Paris

Meanwhile, the mayor of Cannes, David Lisanard openly invites businessmen to settle in the city in the south of France. He made the Paris tax project on large companies an opportunity to attract companies. “Come to Cannes,” Lisanard wrote on his Twitter account.

“Fiscal attractiveness and quality of life. Ideal for creating jobs and wealth, making profit, investing, innovating. The services of Cannes Lérins Agglomeration and the town hall of Cannes are at your disposal, in particular for the provision of land and real estate, ”writes Lisanard.

The administration of Anne Hidalgo in Paris criticizes the government for a lack of financial support since the health crisis. She advocates a “national reflection in order to better tax the profits of multinationals based in Paris” and to make the digital economy and the delivery profession contribute more through the creation of a tax on delivery fleets or delivered products. .

For Simondon, incentive tax tools can “be shared very widely by elected officials” of all stripes, including conservative mayors “in cities where the housing situation is very tight”. If the loss of fiscal autonomy is the subject of a unanimous observation of elected officials, whatever their political color in France, the capital has experienced an “amplified impact of the crisis” and there is a “Parisian specificity on taxes residence and secondary residences”. Bonnet-Oulaldj told the AFP news agency.

Deputy Mayor Simondon assures that some of the measures presented are “applicable from 2023” if a parliamentary majority is reached on the subject. “The tourist tax costs nothing to the State, nor to the working classes”, declared Bonnet-Oulaldj, for whom these are measures of social justice.

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