Monday, 24 January, 2022

Budget 2019: the Senate exempts the Loto from taxation

The Senate adopted on Wednesday an amendment to the draft budget for 2019 exempting the Loto du Patrimoine from the taxes usually levied by the State on games and lotteries of the Française des Jeux.

The amendment of the Finance Committee, which received an unfavorable opinion from the government, exempts games in favor of the heritage of the CSG, VAT and other taxes. To be final, however, this measure must be adopted in the same terms by the National Assembly.

Led by host Stéphane Bern, the “Heritage Loto” operation aims to finance the renovation of monuments in France through a scratch game and a lotto.

Additional 21 million

The announcement that the State would levy 14 million taxes on the 200 million expected revenue (the bulk going to the winners and 20 million to the Heritage Foundation) had sparked a controversy.

Olivier Dussopt, Secretary of State to the Minister of Public Accounts, recalled that the government had decided to release an additional 21 million for heritage.

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“The Pacte law will be an opportunity to come back to the question of the taxation of lotteries,” he said.

For the Chairman of the Finance Committee Vincent Eblé (PS), the amendment adopted by the Senate “guarantees players the full allocation of their assets”.

“The Heritage Loto is not a gadget, it must be supported and perpetuated”, pleaded Nathalie Goulet (centrist).

What are the 18 sites that will benefit from the Heritage Loto?

  • Fort Cigogne (Fouesnant, Finistère)
  • Pierre Loti's house in Rochefort (Charente-Maritime)
  • The Château de Carneville (Carneville, Manche)

(with AFP)