Sites will have to pass earning details to fisc
A new law has been drafted with the aim of ensuring that people trading goods and services on websites cannot avoid paying tax on income from them.
It would force sites to provide anyone who has made money via transactions on ‘online platforms’ with an annual statement of earnings and to also send the information to the tax office.
The draft says it would apply to French-based sites and anyone who carries out sales of goods or offers services in France.
MPs will debate the law, which has already been approved by the Senate, this month. Sites which do not comply would be fined €50,000. Ones likely to be affected include leboncoin.fr and airbnb.fr.
Several commentators consider that blablacar.com would escape the measure as it involves cost-sharing, not selling.
An Ifop survey found that 67% of people would be put off using sites if the measure is brought in.