Auto-entrepreneur changes in 2012

By Valérie Aston on 12 June 2012 · Viewed 6604 times · Questions

The auto-entrepreneur’s regime has once again be put under the spotlight, further to a speech made on 5th June by Mrs Pinel, Ministre Délégée for Crafts, Trade and Tourism. While addressing the Assemblée Permanente des Chambres de Métiers de l'Artisanat (APCMA - Permanent Assembly of Chambre de Metiers), Ms Pinel said that auto-entrepreneurs created unfair competition for artisans and that adjustments will be made ​​after an assessment by the government. This refered to the statements made by M. Hollande for the presidential election campaign.

According to Mr Griset, president of the APCMA, the auto-entrepreneur was set up without consulting professional bodies, resulting in many difficulties for existing businesses. The auto-entrepreneur allows the legalisation of concealed work with no real regulation while providing specific benefits, that results in distortions of competition.

In a recent interview to L’Entreprise Magazine*, M. Griset mentioned 3 ways to adjust the auto-entrepreneur regime:

  1. Exclude crafts activities from the auto-entrepreneur.
  2. Impose the same fiscal and social charges.
  3. Restrict the auto-entrepreneur status for one year, to get started, then forcing the small entrepreneur to switch to a standard regime, i.e. entreprise individuelle under regime reel simplifie.

The Figaro Economie** confirmed last week that the FEDAE, the national association for auto-entrepreneurs would meet-up with Ms Pinel by the end of June, in order to talk about adjustments to bring the auto-entrepreneur regime.

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About the author: Valérie Aston

I've been helping people who want to start or already have a small business set up in France since 2009. After graduating from a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, I worked as a senior marketing consultant in the UK and France for various International companies. I worked as a conseillère en création d'entreprises (senior business advisor) for BGE here in France and run this independent business on a daily basis.