Tax reform: hi, Jean-Marc Ayrault is back

SCAN ECO – In an article published in Release, the ex-prime minister scratches his successor to Matignon whom he accuses, half-heartedly, of not having carried out major tax reform. He also attacks François Hollande by reminding him of his commitments of yesteryear. Atmosphere on the opening day of the PS congress.

We had almost forgotten! Yes, is alive and well and he decided to remember the good memories of, who succeeded him on March 31, 2014 as Prime Minister, the very day of the start of the congress in Poitiers, via a column published with the deputy of Lyon in. The subject of his postcard? Tax reform. “The overhaul of our tax system has not really been initiated”, attack ball in head the current deputy of Loire-Altlantique, not without indicating – and paf! – that much was when he was in charge, him, the government. “By taxing capital and labor income in the same way, by capping tax loopholes and by raising the highest marginal rate to 45%, the finance law for 2013 marked a first step in correcting the most injustices. screaming, ”he says. Manuel Valls, who for his part removed the first income tax bracket, will appreciate …

“The overhaul of our tax system has not really started”

Jean-Marc Ayrault, 2015

And the former Prime Minister then sounded the charge. “Resuming this work is essential”, he judges so much “our tax system, complex and illegible, is at the end of its rope. The French have forgotten its purposes, doubt its effectiveness and are no longer convinced of the justice of the system ”. The same words, more or less, as those he had used in November 2013 when he launched in his call for “a fiscal overhaul”, notably via the merger between the (IR) and the, stopped net by the arrival of Manuel Valls in Matignon. From there to say that his successor has not done anything for over a year …

But nothing can stop a Jean-Marc Ayrault launched at the speed of a Paris-Nantes TGV. “The addition of measures taken on an ad hoc basis will not suffice to regain the consistency of the system,” he argues. Our income tax is archaic ”. Re-paf for Manuel Valls! And the former mayor of Nantes to plead again for a merger of the IR and the CSG, as in 2013, through the implementation of withholding tax. “Bringing together and then merging income tax and the CSG to create a modern tax deducted at source has been a structuring element of PS projects for more than 10 years”, he recalls again, before highlighting the many advantages, he said, of withholding tax. As in the old days …

“We cannot be the managers of the fiscal archaisms in power”

François Hollande, 2005

And the former Prime Minister to give Manuel Valls a lesson in real-politics in due form. “In short, as long as we have the political will, it is possible to engage in stages in a real modernization of our taxation,” he asserts. And if his arguments were not enough, Jean-Marc Ayrault drives the point home with a sentence taken from the motion he co-signed in 2005 with…, then first secretary of the PS: “We can no longer be the champions of tax reform in opposition […] and the managers of fiscal archaisms in power ”. There, it is above all the Head of State, relegated to the rank of archaic, who will appreciate …

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