Thursday, October 27, 2016

Individuals who rent on Airbnb or Drivy regarded as professionals – The Parisian

Pour fight against abuse and unfair competition law, the Assembly has finally approved Thursday with the principle to pay social security contributions in the private renting of goods through collaborative platforms beyond a certain threshold of income. A new vote took place on Thursday.

By the end of the session on Wednesday evening, the mps had removed this section of the draft social Security budget for 2017, but the government had announced earlier Thursday that he would ask for a new deliberation, which is allowed.

The deputies had deleted this article by 18 votes to 14, but the secretary of State for the Budget Christian Eckert had argued that the vote had taken place “at a time of the morning” and that three deputies PS had indicated then to be deceived to vote.

“everyone was very aware and this vote was taken after a suspension of the meeting”, had responded, annoyed, the mp LR Arnaud Viala. Thirty mps voted on Thursday for the article, and twenty against.

beyond 23 000 euros for the rental of apartments

It provides that the rental of apartments, for example, by a platform of the type Airbnb, a particular will need, beyond of 23, 000 euros of annual income, join the social Regime of independent (RSI) and pay the social security contributions related thereto.

For the leasing of movable property (cars, boats, lawn mowers…), the government proposed a threshold of 3860 euros but agreed to double, to 7720 euros, in the face of criticism from members finding it too low.

The goal of the government is to fight against abuse and unfair competition sometimes created. But several mps, mainly from the right, had held that the issue “was not ripe” and did not want to, as Isabelle Le Callennec (LR), “corseter an activity that emerges from and relates to people who want to round their monthly”.

“It is unlikely to make affiliation to the RSI for individuals who rent their car, their camping-car, or their boat”, was added Dominique Tian (LR), while this is only a “supplement your income”.

Of mps attached to the “collaborative economy.”

They had received a reinforcement of some deputies of the left. For the ecologist Jean-Louis Roumegas, “we miss the essence of the collaborative economy.. This allows her to keep her apartment, pay her expenses, go on holidays in small towns, where there is no tourism offer. We will kill all of this for professional lobbies”.

The opposition returned to the charge Thursday with a handful of amendments to modify the measure, but in vain. “You’re going to have a party (of the activity) that will toggle the black” and “you’ll see, the consequences for low-income households,” said Charles de Courson (IDU). The government is committed to the Senate and second reading to enrich the text, in particular concerning the rules for the cottages and the guest rooms, said for his part, Christian Eckert.

The founder of Drivy (rental cars), Paulin Dementhon, had suggested, that it is necessary to distinguish between “activities that are part of the sharing of costs of those whose earnings are in excess of the cost of use, all of which generate profits. Once this clarification has been made, then the debate on the framework beyond the sharing of costs may be possible.”


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