The report published Monday calls on France to “be at the forefront” in terms of fiscal diplomacy, “a question of political will”.
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Recommendations and some criticism. A parliamentary report recommends, Monday, November 20, strengthening the fight against tax evasion in France by also granting it more resources, judging the government’s efforts “insufficient”. The report notably proposes raising global corporate taxes and taxing billionaires more.
Despite the anti-fraud plan presented in the spring by the executive, “the results of the tax audit remain mediocre, the staff and resources allocated to this mission remain insufficient”, tackles this report written by special rapporteur Charlotte Leduc (LFI). The MP mentions “paltry measures” faced with a fraud which it estimates between 80 to 120 billion euros.
“An alarming drop in numbers”
During a press conference, Charlotte Leduc pleaded for “massive investments” in this fight against fraud. The report, which emphasizes the international dimension of the fight against tax fraud, calls on France to “be at the forefront” in terms of tax diplomacy, “a question of political will”. It calls for increasing the minimum tax on corporate profits to 25% (compared to 15% currently), which is gradually being rolled out across the world after the conclusion of an international agreement under the aegis of the OECD at the end of 2021. .
Regarding the assets of billionaires, he calls for the vote on a parliamentary resolution so that “France defends the creation of a European tax” up to 2%. The document calls for more firmness towards tax havens and a tightening of measures surrounding “transfert price”, these cross-border transactions between subsidiaries of multinationals aimed at reducing profits and therefore taxes. He also proposes the establishment of unitary taxation for multinationals as well as the strengthening of tax intelligence.
In France, the report is concerned about a “alarming drop in numbers” within the General Directorate of Public Finances (DGFiP) which the 1,500 additional positions promised by the government by 2027 will not be able to compensate for. Customs must also be “reinforced”.
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