40% of major appliances are replaced while still in working order. Some will end up in the dump … Others on Leboncoin. There are plenty of second-hand items to buy – but some consumers still have a psychological brake on second-hand shopping. How to encourage them to make the choice of "recycling" rather than buying new? For two French bosses, this requires a tax reform.
Their wish: a tax credit of 15% is granted for any product purchased second-hand, repaired or ecoconcepted. Emery Jacquillat, boss of the Camif, and Antoine Jouteau, general manager of Leboncoin Groupe, hope that the deputies will seize their idea of amendment during the examination of the bill on the fight against the waste and the circular economy, back to the National Assembly in the coming days.
Proponents of the "reclaim" tax credit would like to extend the success of past tax measures to consumer staples: the housing insulation tax credit, or the tax credit for the purchase of a vehicle electric. Laëtitia Vasseur, president of the association HOP (Stop obsolescence programmed) also supports this idea of amendment. "The bill was originally not very ambitious, but it is now very interesting. The Senate has passed a number of amendments that support this idea of a tax credit, she saysand we hope that the House will not be more conservative than the Senate. It would be a shame!"But she argues that it would be only one step: the purchase of second-hand products should be the norm and ultimately the tax should in fact rather penalize products that deviate.
New tax niche
"We believe in our amendment", Says Emery Jacquillat. The idea is however far from ringing as an obvious: Bercy could oppose it his "principle answer": A refusal. The government is indeed more in a logic of suppression than creation of tax loopholes …
The envisaged device could also be tedious for consumers: every second-hand product purchased should have a document to be produced for taxes, then compiled and transmitted. Which could be discouraging for products bought a handful of euros on LeBonCoin, Vinted or at Emmaus. And this, even if the global economy of the occasion is massive: in 2017, 802,000 tons of second-hand products were sold.
"The economy of repair and recovery is not relocatable ", Emery Jacquillat, boss of the Camif, who abounds, argues that the French economy has more to gain than to lose in a valorization of the circular economy on its territory. And, "if we had to find a financing to measureHe suggests a tax on single-use plastics. "Within ten years, second-hand sales will exceed those of new products, supports Antoine Jouteau. It is a dynamic that we must accompany right now."
The idea of amendment was forwarded to Brune Poirson, MP Stephanie Kerbarh, rapporteur of the text in the Assembly and fifteen other deputies. But none has, so far, declared wanting to deposit it.
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