the Senate perpetuates the ceiling at 7,500 euros

the Senate perpetuates the ceiling at 7,500 euros


The Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, opens the debates on the amending finance bill in the Senate, on August 1, 2022.

The Senate, with a majority on the right, perpetuated Monday 1er August evening, with the support of the government, the raising to 7,500 euros of the tax exemption ceiling for overtime, voted by the National Assembly for 2022. The senators also adopted, this time against the advice of the government, the perpetuation the possibility for companies to buy back RTT days from employees.

“We are in the middle of the night in August to bury the 35 hours”accused the ecologist Thomas Dossus, the socialist David Assouline speaking “strike”. The National Assembly last week voted an increase in the overtime tax exemption ceiling for the year 2022 alone, as part of the debates on the amending finance bill.

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By examining the text in turn at first reading, the Senate voted by a show of hands an amendment by the general rapporteur Jean-François Husson (Les Républicains) perpetuating this enhancement.

“The idea of ​​raising the tax exemption ceiling from 5,000 to 7,500 euros is a step in the right direction (…)we are ready to make this tax exemption for overtime hours, increased to 7,500 euros, final”, declared the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, before the debates. For the Minister of Public Accounts, Gabriel Attal, she “is fully in line with the desire to revalorize work”.

“A way to go back to the 35 hours without assuming it”

The rapporteur boasted “an interesting response for employees, for companies, for France”. In addition to a gain in purchasing power, it can also be a solution to the problem of “labour shortage” encountered in several sectors, he developed. Socialists and Communists wanted, on the contrary, the suppression of the article.

Socialist Rémi Féraud castigated the “refusal of the government to move towards a real salary increase” and “a way to go back to the 35 hours without assuming it”. Céline Brulin (CRCE, with a communist majority) saw it “a poisoned gift for employees”. “We are here in the face of a social regression”added Pascal Savoldelli.

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Currently, overtime is tax-exempt up to a ceiling of 5,000 euros per year, with a maximum of 220 hours worked over a year, excluding branch, company or specific collective agreement.

The Senate also voted, under the vehement protests of the left, the perpetuation of the article opening the possibility for the companies of repurchasing with the employees the days of RTT. The vote was won by 144 votes against 116. The measure had been passed by the Assembly for 2022 and 2023. Mr. Attal affirmed that the government wanted “maintain the temporary nature of this system at this stage”. For the Minister, with regard to “of a new device”his evolution “should go through a little consultation with the social partners”.

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The World with AFP

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