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France Considers Second Home TV Tax

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

16 October 2012


France’s television licence fee, which currently contributes to public broadcasting from the country's largest state-owned broadcasting group France Télévisions, could be extended to second homes next year.

President of the Cultural Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly Patrick Bloche has recently submitted an amendment to the government’s 2013 finance bill, providing that second home owners in France pay half of the full licence fee in 2013, namely EUR63.50 (USD82). Under the plans, owners of a second residence located in a French overseas department would pay EUR41.

The licence fee proposal would replace existing plans, provided for within the framework of the government’s 2013 finance bill, to increase the licence fee for all households in France by EUR4 next year (the rise includes EUR2 for indexing the fee to inflation plus a further EUR2).

The aim is to ensure that only the country’s wealthiest individuals, namely those able to afford a second residence, contribute more to public broadcasting.

Under the current proposals, the licence fee applicable for a main residence will rise from EUR125 currently to EUR127 in 2013, and not to EUR129 as was originally planned.

According to Bloche, the new proposal will yield EUR164m for public broadcasting next year, significantly more than the EUR50m expected from the government’s initial measure.

The National Assembly Finance Committee is due to consider Bloche’s amendment shortly, as part of its deliberations on the 2013 finance bill.

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