Refurbished smartphones under threat of private copying tax

Refurbished Smartphones Under Threat Of Private Copying Tax

The Ministries of Culture and Finance clash on the subject.

Should the private copying tax apply to refurbished smartphones? The Ministry of Culture, in search of additional subsidies, pleads for an extension of the base to second-hand products. At the Ministry of Ecological Transition and at Bercy, the tone is quite different. “I would like us to find alternatives to undifferentiated and egalitarian taxation of all terminals so as not to handicap the local players who are essential to the environmental transition.», Declares Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital, who mentions an increase in the tax on new and reconditioned imported products. The arbitration should be returned by Matignon, but the Prime Minister has many other irons in the fire.

«The repackaging industry won’t save culture, but the tax can kill repackaging», Says Benoît Varin, boss of Recommerce and president of the federation of professionals in the sector, Rcube. The threat is serious. Some 10,000 jobs …