Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and his counterpart in charge of Public Accounts Gérald Darmanin said Thursday they were in favor of an exceptional end-of-year tax-free bonus, paid by companies to their employees.
“A totally tax-exempt premium, I am in favor of it, because it allows to support those who work”, affirmed Mr. Le Maire on France 2.
“We will have the opportunity, I imagine under the authority of the Prime Minister, to see in the coming days how we can tax these bonuses from next year,” confirmed Mr. Darmanin a few minutes later on France Inter.
“If businesses, and we encourage them to do so, can better redistribute the difference between capital and labor, I am personally in favor of that,” he added.
Proposal by Xavier Bertrand
The two ministers were reacting to a proposal put forward the day before by the president of the Hauts-de-France region.
Xavier Bertrand suggested, on BFMTV to create “an exceptional purchasing power bonus,” which would come in addition to the salary, in addition to the 13th month when it exists. “
The former member of the Republicans party then said he wanted the said bonus, “of a few hundred euros”, to be exempt from tax and social charges.