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The sharing economy to be taxed from July 1, 2016

France's National Assembly adopted an amendment to the Budget Bill for 2016, requiring collaborative platforms to better inform their users regarding taxation rules and to report revenues.

As announced last week, the government will take measures to ensure revenues from the sharing economy are taxed. The National Assembly thus adopted an amendment to the Budget bill for 2016, requiring platforms such as Airbnb to send an annual report of revenues to their users to better inform them of their fiscal obligations. If they do not respect the measure, which becomes applicable from July 1, 2016, players on the sharing economy will have to pay a fine of 10,000 euros.

The text specifies that the amendment will "contribute to setting the the boundary between activities that may be assimilated to those of an independent worker and those belonging to the sharing economy, which generate, no revenues." Revenues from sharing platforms that aim to share expenses rather than earn money, are not concerned by this measure.

Users of sharing platforms were already required to declare these revenues to the tax department, but those who do so today are rare due to a lack of information and clarity.

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