Do you live within 30 kilometers of your workplace and still use your vehicle to get to the office? Too bad for you ! You will not benefit from Emmanuel Macron's latest find: transportation assistance to offset rising fuel taxes. The French technocracy spoke: a new tax niche was born. In the country of Courteline, taxes and tax exemptions, we know how to do. Moreover, Macron draws inspiration from his neighbor to the north, Xavier Bertrand, who has developed such a transport aid. But, at least, the president of the Hauts-de-France region is not the one who raises taxes to exempt some …
How does it work in the Hauts-de-France? You have to fill out a file. So the state will have to design a questionnaire. You have to prove a job. In the Hauts-de-France, pros contracts are entitled. It will also be necessary to justify the distance between the home (and thus provide rooms) and its place of work (thus providing at least an attestation from the employer). Then we imagine that in Bercy it will take officials to check that the distance between the home and the place of the company is at least 30 kilometers. What will be done with litigious cases when the distance is 29.4 km or varies according to the path taken by the driver (longer if the children are dropped off at school)? Emmanuel Macron has, it seems, opened the door to take into account this detour …
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The many exceptions
At Xavier Bertrand, the aid translates into a payment of 20 euros per month to the bank account of the beneficiary (who transmits a RIB). Payments are made quarterly in April, July, October and January. Emmanuel Macron did not mention this possibility. Instead, he spoke of a "tax exemption" for transportation assistance. It's still unclear to the extent that everyone does not pay taxes … There, we feel that Bercy will have floor.
In the Hauts-de-France, the system was refined with resource conditions. If you receive a net salary greater than twice the SMIC on January 1 of the current year (2 x 1,173.60 euros, so 2,347.20 euros), you are not entitled. In addition, do not live and work in perimeters where there is public transport. This condition is however waived for disabled workers (but which disability?). Or you have to be able to prove regular staggered hours (night work, work before 7 am or finish your day after 10 pm). Third exception: when the public transport trip exceeds two hours a day (one hour one way and one hour return). It was also necessary to adapt the device to those whose workplace varies according to the day. It should also be noted that once again the independent professions that move to work are forgotten.
15,000 beneficiaries in the Hauts-de-France
On the other hand, it is not a question of cumulating this transport aid with the reimbursement of public transport by the employer or with the provision by him of a company car … It is specified that Employees who practice most carpooling will have to agree on a single beneficiary of the assistance for their carpool group. Sometimes smart people would accumulate … Apprentices are allowed to receive the aid, but only 15 euros per month.
In 2017, this scheme cost the region 2.8 million euros (for 15 000 applications accepted). The region has budgeted 3.4 million euros. So, if we extend to 13 French regions, we would turn, ladder, around 44 million euros. But who will handle all the files? Prefectures? Bercy? Who will recalculate distances with Google Map? And all this to lessen the shock of a tax on the price of gas that is scheduled to climb for the duration of the mandate? Courteline, come back, they went crazy!