France will devote two billion euros to the health fight against the coronavirus, said the Minister of Action and public accounts Gerald Darmanin in an interview with Les Echos, where he details the financing of the “war effort” of France against the Covid-19 epidemic.
“We are spending 2 billion euros on sick leave, masks and the remuneration of healthcare staff,” said Darmanin, detailing the 45 billion euros plan drawn by the state to deal with the economic consequences. of the pandemic.
“I tell each of the caregivers: each additional hour will be paid,” said the minister.
In total, the plan of 45 billion euros announced Tuesday by the Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire includes “cash measures for about 35 billion euros”, said the Minister: “The main direct taxes paid to the Have been suspended. This concerns 12 billion corporate taxes, in addition to 1 billion wages tax. However, VAT and income tax, collected at source, are not affected. “, he says.
In addition, certain tax credits may be reimbursed in advance for the cultural sector, in particular the performing arts.
The effort is the most important in the social field with the postponement of 8.5 billion euros in charges due on March 15, and 13 billion for charges of large companies which fall on April 5.
A postponement of complementary retirement contributions (Agirc-Arrco) is also being considered by the social partners, he said.
Added to this is the solidarity fund for very small businesses, budgeted up to 1 billion euros per month (financed up to 750 million by the State and up to 250 million for the regions), then compensation partial unemployment for which a state effort of 5.5 billion euros is planned for the next two months, and finally the increase in Ondam (National Objective of Expenses for Health Insurance, Editor's note) to pay the sick leaves, the purchase of masks and support for nursing staff (€ 2 billion).
Mr. Darmanin encourages taxpayers to adjust their tax rates if their income drops.
“The tax automatically adjusts to income and all taxpayers can lower their tax rate today. As for the self-employed, they can defer their installments for three months,” added the minister, who said he was thinking to extend the deadlines for the income tax declaration campaign.
A decision on this subject should take place at the end of March, according to him.
“I would like to take this opportunity to underline how much the withholding tax reform will help to cushion this crisis,” he said.
“When the house burns down, we do not count the liters of water to put out the fire. I am not in the position of an accountant, but of the financier of the war effort”, he adds.