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Hollande Eyes French Local Tax Reform

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

06 March 2012

During a recent visit to Dijon, French Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande pledged to reform local taxation in France, to strengthen the power of the regions, and to grant them increased fiscal autonomy.

Lamenting the fact that over the course of the last five years the fiscal autonomy of the regions in France has been diminished, Hollande promised to initiate “a new stage of decentralization”. Under Hollande’s proposals, a high regional council would be established, composed of elected representatives and under the leadership of the Senate, to meet regularly with state representatives to identify priorities, to discuss key reform projects affecting local authorities, and to put forward their proposals.

According to Hollande, the planned reform of local taxation has just one objective, namely justice; justice between taxpayers and justice between the regions.

Underscoring that local tax is a key element of communal and municipal autonomy, of which they, together with the regions, are now almost entirely deprived, Hollande underlined the need for elected local representatives to have the responsibility to independently determine local contributions and to account for the use of public money.

President of the French Senate Jean-Pierre Bel, also a Socialist Party member, has also recently put forward his own ambitious ideas for local tax reform, including plans to redistribute taxes between the regions, departments and communes, and to grant local assemblies the possibility of changing tax rates.

Bel also suggested that the French departments could receive a fraction of the general social contribution (CSG).

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