Skip to comments.A Capitalist Revolt In Socialist France
Posted on 10/04/2012 7:26:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The French government is trying to reign in its deficit by jacking up taxes, including the capital gains tax, which it wants to bring to the same level as the tax on income earned by the sweat of your browan old philosophical pillar of the French left.
But an explosive essay published last Friday hit a nerve with entrepreneurs, venture capital investors, artisans, and mom-and-pop business owners.
And their anger, which spread across the social media, the papers, and finally TV news, turned into an open revolt.
The trigger was an editorial in La Tribune by John-David Chamboredon, Executive President of ISAI, an internet startup fund. After the Finance Law 2013 was proposed during the presidential elections, he wrote, la France du business stopped breathing. Investments and hiring were put on hold.
The cause: the capital-gains tax provisions. An entrepreneur, for example, who risked his savings, spent 10 years growing his business, created perhaps hundreds of jobs, survived all the challenges, and then wanted to cash out, would have to pay two layers of taxes on the capital gains, totaling, according to his calculations, 60.5%. And so would investors.
It would kill entrepreneurship. Funding for startups would dry up. And growth in the private sector would wither. If the fiscal maelstrom is confirmed, the sequence of events is quite clear, he wrote. Instead of hiring people and developing the business, owners threatened by this confiscation would spend the rest of 2012 imagining ways to escape it.
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I’ve never understood very well why capital gains should be treated differently myself, not that I’m in favor on income taxes generally.
The rest of Euope is wooing all of these disgruntled businesses. France will dry up overnight.
I think businesses in France should simply go on strike. Shut their doors for a few days.
LOL. Read the article. You might learn something.
Inflation. If an asset "appreciates" due mostly to inflation of the currency, capital gains taxes are taxing you on the devaluation of your currency, which is also a tax. Hello, double taxation.
There’s also the element of risk.
Income, generally speaking, is pretty risk free - you agree to do x amount of work for an employer, he agrees to pay you y amount of $$ in return. Absent extenuating circumstances, that arrangment will last indefinitely.
Capital gains are the results of investment. While it is possible to gain much, it is also possible to lose the entire investment. Even an investment that doesn’t appreciate or depreciate is essentially a loss when you consider the opportunity costs (could just put it in a savings account, for example).
If taxing capital gains occured at the same rate as income, there would be no incentive to invest because of the risk of losing the investment with no upside when the investment pays off.
No, neither Hollande or Obama can see this because socialists/Marxists are all about equality of outcome. Their world is a zero sum game where if one prospers, it is at the expense of another. Their idea of fairness is to spread misery equally among the masses while the elites like them live high at everyone’s expense. They are the Pig in Orwell's “Animal Farm”.
France’s earlier work rules were already an insane burden on employers. Expect exorbitant exit taxes on one way flight departures any day now.
The plunge in service sector jobs is kind of ambiguous. Does this mean surly waiters will be let go or retained to maintain glorious tradition?
Can’t Obozo see that a rising tide lifts all boats?
It isn’t ignorance, it is malevolence. Obama does not want to raise the poor up, he wants to tear the rich down. Some people have a hatred of success, perhaps because they know they are incapable of attaining it themselves. It is envy and resentment due to their own ineptitude.
Payroll income has no risk of loss.
Hollande is crazy. Any French business not tied to the French economy will leave. Those that remain will whither away.
income taxes are immoral.
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Ive never understood very well why capital gains should be treated differently myself, not that Im in favor on income taxes generally.
I feel the same way about Property Taxes. If the Government MUST have taxes to run on then it should be consumption taxes alone.
H/T SeekandFind for the Post; Sunken Civ for the Ping
This will pose an even more serious problem for French society in the future, as well as the economy.
These “pigeons” as they are called, the fledgeling intrepreneurs, artists, inventors and creators have been the creative “juice” in French culture an economy for quite awhile
While we often like to joke about the French, they have been incredibly creative in technology, fashion, tourism, museums, aviation, and cultural life. These pigeons want to work, create, innovate, and start up businesses. If the socialist government creates an inhospitable atmosphere, they will go elsewhere.
They are young, talented, and not stupid enough to allow 65% of their efforts to be confiscated.
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So people can sit on their assets and collect income while doing not a lick of work. It’s little different from welfare, IMO, and is part of the reason for the anger of the OWS folks.
I actually agree with this. Money earned from real work should be taxed at a lower rate than income not tied to the sweat of the brow. Let's encourage innovation, not golfing.
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