The bosses of Camif and LeBonCoin want a tax credit on used products

The bosses of Camif and LeBonCoin want a tax credit on used products

Emery Jacquillat and Antoine Jouteau invite the deputies to defend an amendment to this effect during the examination of the bill relating to the fight against waste and the circular economy.

40% of major appliances are replaced while still in working order. Some will end up in the recycling center… Others on Leboncoin. There is no shortage of items to buy second-hand – but a psychological barrier to buying second-hand persists among some consumers. How to encourage them to make the choice of “recycling” rather than buying new? For two French bosses, this requires tax reform.

Their wish: that a 15% tax credit be granted for any product purchased second-hand, repaired, or eco-designed. Emery Jacquillat, boss of , and Antoine Jouteau, managing director of Groupe, hope that the deputies will take up their idea of ​​amendment during the examination of , back in the National Assembly in the days to come.

The defenders of this “recovery” tax credit would like to extend to everyday consumer goods the success of past tax measures: the insulation tax credit for housing, or the tax credit for the purchase of a vehicle electric. Laëtitia Vasseur, president of the HOP association (Stop planned obsolescence) also supports this idea of ​​an amendment. “The bill was originally not very ambitious but is now very interesting. The Senate has voted several amendments which go in the direction of this idea of ​​tax credit, she says, and we hope that the Assembly will not be more conservative than the Senate. It would still be a shame!She maintains, however, that this would only be a step: the purchase of second-hand products should be the norm and, in the long term, taxation should, in her view, rather penalize products that deviate from it.

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We believe in it, in our amendment», Supports Emery Jacquillat. The idea is however far from sounding obvious: Bercy would risk opposing its “basic answer”: a refusal. The government is indeed…

The device envisaged could also be tedious for consumers: for each second-hand product purchased, a document should be kept to be produced to the tax authorities, then compiled and transmitted. Which could be discouraging for products bought for a handful of euros on LeBonCoin, Vinted or at Emmaüs. And this, even if the global second-hand economy is massive: in 2017, 802,000 tons of second-hand products were sold.

The repair and recovery economy cannot be relocated,” abounds however Emery Jacquillat, boss of the Camif, who maintains that the French economy has more to gain than to lose in a valuation of the circular economy on its territory. And, “whether it was necessary to find financing commensuratehe suggests a tax on single-use plastics. “Within ten years, sales of second-hand products will exceed those of new products, supports Antoine Jouteau. This is a dynamic that we must support right now.»

The idea of ​​amendment was transmitted to Brune Poirson, to the deputy Stéphanie Kerbarh, rapporteur of the text to the Assembly as well as to fifteen other deputies. But no one has, to date, said they want to file it.