City halls sleight of hand to increase local taxes

While the French still have a few days to pay their housing tax, many taxpayers have discovered a sharp increase in this tax.

, town halls have been tempted to discreetly increase local taxes. During the 2014 electoral campaign, most of the elected officials had promised not to increase the taxation of their municipality. Officially, they have honored their commitments since the tax rates have not changed. Yet many taxpayers have noticed an increase in local taxes.

How is it possible? Some municipalities have reduced or even abolished certain advantageous tax measures and in particular the general basic abatement which concerns all taxpayers, according to The Parisian. This tax measure, which applies to the main dwelling, makes it possible to increase the base for calculating the dwelling tax. , its rate is between 1% and 15%. It is voted on by the community.

A decision voted in by the municipal council

A reduction in this allowance therefore generates, de facto, an increase in the amount of the housing tax for all taxpayers in the municipality, without increasing the rates. Voted in municipal council, the decision is not necessarily known to citizens. The inhabitants thus discover the tax increases shortly before paying the council tax (the deadline for payment is fixed on November 15 by check or transfer and November 20 on the Internet).

Result, in several communes of France, the citizens could only note the tax increases. For example, in Clichy in the Hauts-de Seine, “the increase is 80 to 100 euros on average”, confides a tax officer at Parisian. This increase is due to the reduction in the general abatement at the base of the housing tax from 15% to 5%, underlines the daily. , the general abatement went from 15% to 13%, while in Essone. In Bressuire, in Deux-Sèvres, as well as in Margny-Lès-Compiègne in Picardy.

The new tax hike creates the exasperation of taxpayers who jostle in the tax centers to ask for explanations. .

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