A tax of 1 euro on each package paid online and delivered to your home? The idea is thrilling as all eyes are already on Black Friday and beyond, Christmas shopping. Far from being still a reality, this tax is however an idea carried by the Association of Mayors of France and defended in amendments by deputies, and in particular the LREM Benoit Potterie. Amendments to the 2019 draft budget, varying slightly from one another, which will be examined in committee this week.
“The objective is to correct a tax inequity between local businesses and online commerce” explains one in the entourage of Benoit Potterie. Because the tax aims to compensate for the measure at the heart of the amendments: the reduction of local taxation for local businesses. “A room of 100 square meters in a shopping street in Lille must pay 4,700 euros per year” quotes, for example, the entourage of Benoit Potterie. With this measure carried by the amendments tabled, small businesses – of less than 400 square meters – would benefit from a reduction of 10% on the property tax payable to municipalities and inter-municipal authorities.