French business tax cut amounts to annual $11.4 billion: finance minister

The business cuts are designed to encourage firms to produce in France, according to finance minister Bruno Le Maire. (AFP)
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Updated 17 July 2020

French business tax cut amounts to annual $11.4 billion: finance minister

  • Cuts designed to encourage firms to produce in France

PARIS: The French government will cut the annual taxes companies have to pay in addition to normal corporate income tax by $11.4 billion, not $22.8 billion, a minister said on Friday.
The cuts are designed to encourage firms to produce in France.
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday that a cut of $11.4 billion next year would be followed by another cut of $11.4 billion in 2022, for a cumulative annual reduction of $22.8 billion.
But Industry Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher told the radio station BFM Business that the recurring annual decrease from 2021 onwards would be $11.4 billion.
“It’s a $11.4 billion decrease, and it’s a massive decrease for companies,” she said.
This brings the planned support for domestic industry and services to $34.2 billion, not $45.6 billion as announced on Wednesday by the new prime minister, Jean Castex, Pannier-Runacher added.


Thailand finance minister: economy to recover next year with 4% growth

Updated 23 November 2020

Thailand finance minister: economy to recover next year with 4% growth

  • Economy had bottomed but recovery was not fast as the battered tourism sector hurt supply chains
  • Budget for the next fiscal year will still focus on boosting domestic activity

BANGKOK: Thailand’s economy is expected to grow 4 percent in 2021 after a slump this year and fiscal policy will support a tourism-reliant economy struggling from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the finance minister said on Monday.
Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy shrank a less than expected 6.4 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier after falling 12.1 percent in the previous three months.
The economy had bottomed but recovery was not fast as the battered tourism sector, which accounts for about 12 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), has also hurt supply chains, Finance minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said.
“Without the COVID, our economy could have expanded 3 percent this year, he said. “As we expect a 6 percent contraction this year, there is the output gap of 9 percent,” he told a business forum.
“Next year, we expect 4 percent growth, which is still not 100 percent yet,” Arkhom said, adding it could take until 2022 to return to pre-pandemic levels.
There is still fiscal policy room to help growth from this year’s fiscal budget and some from rehabilitation spending, he said.
The budget for the next fiscal year will still focus on boosting domestic activity, Arkhom said, and the current public debt of 49 percent of GDP was manageable.
Of the government’s 1 trillion baht ($33 billion) borrowing plan, 400 billion would be for economic revival, of which about 120 billion-130 billion has been approved, Arkhom said.
He wants the Bank of Thailand to take more action short term on the baht, which continued to rise on Monday, despite central bank measures announced on Friday to rein in the currency strength.
“They have done that and they have their measures... which should be introduced gradually and more intensely,” Arkhom said.