An official in Bordeaux has risked the ire of some chateaux owners by saying a tax break meant for small-scale producers should be closed to estates controlled by corporate firms and wealthy families.
Ludon-Medoc’s assistant mayor, Benoit Simian, called the current system for Economic Territorial Contribution tax (CET) a ‘fiscal injustice’. France’s agriculture sector, including wine, is exempt from paying CET.Calling for a change in the law, Simian told Decanter.com, ‘I am not suggesting a tax on the rich, just that the tax break be applied honestly and not used by huge corporations. ‘A small florist in our town pays local CET of about €700 per year, while business-owned chateaux are exonerated. It’s not honest.’ He refused to place facts on how much tax would be raised by a change of law, but said it would be a very ‘fascinating’ amount. Several family and corporate owned chateaux in the area rejected Simian’s argument. The
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