Christian Eckert regrets that the competitiveness-employment tax credit, the government’s flagship device, benefits all sectors indiscriminately.

“Rapporteur of the Finance Committee, I should probably not write the following lines…” This is indeed an opinion that is messy: on his personal website, the PS deputy Christian Eckert unambiguously criticizes the Competitiveness-Employment Tax Credit (CICE), one of the government’s flagship devices in terms of competitiveness.

The article as a whole is a response to the criticisms of the tax policy pursued by the majority: instability, higher than expected deficits… The budget rapporteur examines in particular the idea that taxation would be “too complex”. And judge that “simple laws are often the most unjust”. For example ? The famous CICE, this tax gift of 20 billion euros to companies, set up at the beginning of the year, supposed to improve their margins to allow them to hire and innovate. A device that the government tirelessly promotes and proof of its commitment to entrepreneurship.

For Christian Eckert, the flaw of the CICE is its universality. Credit applies “to all businesses at a uniform rate and [en fonction de] the payroll of those who receive less than 2.5 Smic. It’s simple. However, this will “benefit” large retailers, private clinics, law firms, notaries, accountants and other professions with regulated fees, which are not in a sector subject to unbridled competition from our European neighbors. . Guaranteed windfall effects, but also guaranteed perverse effects (…) Craftsmen without employees will watch the train go by, while large construction companies will see their taxes reduced..

A criticism specifies that Christian Eckert is not the only one to formulate within the majority. But who makes a mess because of his position as budget rapporteur, and while the CGT is already criticizing the “low efficiency” of the CICE “in terms of its impact on employment and activity, especially in industry”. A CICE monitoring committee should soon be set up to define the conditions for its evaluation.

“I should have been more careful in first mentioning the qualities of the CICE, tempers the interested party, joined by Release. It is a massive, legible device, which postpones the cost for the State in 2014. That said, questions of constitutionality did not allow us to better target it on certain companies. And the government has made it clear to us that it prefers to fish by excess rather than by default. How to reform this system? “It all depends on how we choose to work. Perhaps the negotiations on the financing of Social Security can lead to other possibilities of reducing charges. It will then be necessary to see if these will be combined with the CICE or will replace it. The pension reform will be a first test.”