GAFA tax: Companies have received their tax notice

"Companies subject to this tax have received a tax notice for the payment of the 2020 installments," said Bruno Lemaire. Not to mention the possible wrath of the American authorities, the GAFA have already taken the lead. Here's how.   The negotiations on the digital tax at the OECD have come to naught. “We had suspended the collection of the tax until the OECD negotiations were concluded. This negotiation failed, so we will collect a tax on the digital giants next December, "explained Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of the Economy, in mid-October. "Companies subject to this tax have received a tax notice for the payment of the 2020 installments," the Ministry of the Economy said today. Facebook and Amazon "are among the companies" which have been notified "in recent days", assures for its part the Financial Times. So after firing the first ones, what should the French authorities expect from now on? Has

Accused of having concealed part of its revenues from the tax authorities, the Rotonde brewery formally denies

La Rotonde, a legendary Parisian brasserie very popular with people and politicians, like Emmanuel Macron who celebrated his victory in the first round of the presidential elections in May 2017, is in the sights of the tax administration. In an article dated Friday, July 31, the economic magazine Capital reveals that the establishment would have hidden part of its receipts in cash.

"This is what the tax authorities discovered during a check" in November 2013 carried out in "the brewery, as well as at the home of owner Gérard Tafanel," the media said. The tax inspectors would have noted in particular that the receipts were not numbered, "which makes it impossible to check that all the receipts are indeed entered in the accounts".

They would have especially discovered in the computer of the establishment the presence of three files allowing "the deletion of recipes using an external tool", specifies Capital. "The anomalies [discoveries] reveal a manipulation intended to hide line deletions, "concluded Bercy according to the weekly. Result: the brewery was notified of a tax adjustment estimated at 1.6 million euros.

"A pure invention"

Contacted by Le Parisien, the brothers Serge and Gérard Tafanel, who bought the restaurant from their uncle in 1992, dispute these accusations. "It's a tissue of lies. A pure invention", they assure on a daily basis.

Antoine Vey, their Parisian lawyer, tells the Parisian that "it was never a question of hiding recipes". "At the origin of this story, specifies the one who also advises Patrick Balkany, there is a slanderous denunciation of an employee of a company which sold and installed in restaurants, including the Rotonde, a cash register software, software which presented an anomaly ".

In 2017, the tax authorities deemed the case serious enough to report it to the Paris prosecutor's office, which opened a preliminary investigation for "tax fraud". Since then, the Tafanel brothers have appealed to the Paris Court of Appeal, then to the Court of Cassation, to the Paris Administrative Court and to the "Council of State", Le Parisien said. Faced with the importance of the tax adjustment, the brewery was placed in safeguard proceedings by the Commercial Court of Paris.