Housing tax, APL, Brexit: what changes on January 1, 2021

The page of the year 2020 is turning (finally) and reserves, like every year, its share of changes.

Jobs and salaries

The minimum wage will be increased by 0.99% on 1er January to reach 1,554.58 euros gross per month, an increase of 15 euros. This increase, which corresponds to the automatic revaluation of the minimum wage, will bring the gross hourly amount to 10.25 euros.

Cut down on employees’ rights by freeing themselves from collective agreements, instructions for use

Compensation of up to 1,500 euros a month for small businesses and self-employed workers affected by the Covid-19 crisis, regardless of their sector of activity, ends on December 31. The fund is now reserved for companies in the most penalized sectors (catering, leisure, etc.), with an increased amount.

  • Precariousness bonus in the public service

From 1er January 2021, a contractual civil servant can benefit from a termination indemnity known as ” precariousness bounty “.

Dues and taxes

The wealthiest 20% of households will start to see their housing tax decrease this year. Those who are paid monthly will see this drop of 30% from January. In 2023, no French will pay housing tax for their main residence.

The auto penalty is increased for vehicles emitting the most CO2. The trigger threshold for the purchase penalty is lowered to 133 gCO2/ km, compared to 138 currently.

The maximum purchase penalty goes from 20,000 to 30,000 euros for the most polluting vehicles, above 219 gCO2/ km. On the other hand, buyers of electricity or hybrids are favored by the extension of public aid until 1er July 2021, up to 7,000 euros for an electric car.

Gérald Darmanin: “Raising taxes would be counterproductive”

Long denounced by employers, production taxes paid by companies have fallen by 10 billion euros, with the reduction by half of the contribution on the added value of companies (CVAE), or -7 billion euros, and the reduction by half of property taxes (CFE) weighing on industrial sites (-3.3 billion).

  • Electric charging stations

Owner or tenant households who install charging stations for electric vehicles in the parking space of their main residence will be able to benefit from a tax credit. This system capped at 300 euros and 75% of the cost of the installation, succeeds the energy transition tax credit (CITE).

Health and environment

The last step in the “100% health” reform started in 2019, entry-level devices (“class 1”) will be sold for 950 euros each and fully reimbursed by Social Security and complementary health insurance. For more sophisticated models (“class 2”), prices will remain free and reimbursement may vary from 400 to 1,700 euros.

The new air quality index now includes fine particles (PM2.5) with the four other regulated pollutants aggregated by the current index (PM10 particles, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide). At least at the level of each inter-municipality, the French will be able to know every day the quality of the air they breathe, ” Well “ at “Extremely bad”.

  • New plastic products prohibited

Plastic straws, cutlery, stirrers, sandwich boxes, drink lids, balloon rods, confetti and steak sticks are prohibited. A six-month period is reserved for distributors to sell their stocks. Companies and public establishments will no longer be able to distribute plastic bottles.

Brune Poirson: “Twenty years is the time needed to acquire alternatives to plastic”

A score out of 10 will be affixed on the products, their packaging or near the price. The objective is to achieve a 60% repair rate for electrical and electronic products. Five pilot products have been designated: washing machines, televisions, smartphones, laptops and lawn mowers.

Paper advertising on vehicles is prohibited.


Enlargement of the energy renovation system “my prime renov” but a transitional system makes the quotes eligible from October 2020.

Emmanuelle Wargon: “Private donors will have to renovate”

The reform of housing assistance (APL) must adapt the amount of housing assistance according to the beneficiary’s current income and no longer to those collected two years earlier. They will be calculated on the basis of his current income or, more precisely, of those collected in the previous twelve months with an update every three months.

  • Walk-in showers in new housing

From 1er January 2021, ground-floor apartments and detached houses in subdivisions or for rental must be equipped with a walk-in shower.

Daily expenses and habits

Engie’s regulated gas sales tariffs increased by 0.2% on average.

Mail rates will increase by 4.7% on average in 1er January and all regular stamps will now cost more than one euro.

The price of the green stamp – for a cover distributed within 48 hours in metropolitan France – for individuals will drop from 97 cents to 1.08 euros (+ 11.3%) and that of the red stamp – for a priority letter theoretically distributed on next day – from 1.16 to 1.28 euros (+ 10.3%). As for the “Ecopli” – the cheapest formula for a shipment in four days on average, with a gray stamp – it will increase by 95 cents to 1.06 euro (+ 11.6%).

From 1er January 2021, the price of some cigarettes increases. Some brands see the price of a pack of twenty cigarettes go from 9.50 to 9.60 euros, others from 9.90 to 10.50 euros and still others from 10 to 10.10 euros.

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Due to the health crisis which has hit traders hard, the start of sales has been postponed. The winter sales period will begin on January 20 instead of the usual 6, said Minister Delegate for SMEs Alain Griset in early December, following a request for postponement from the associations of traders.

New bicycles sold in stores must bear a “unique identifier” to which the owner’s contact details will be attached, in order to fight against theft but also to find the owners when the bicycle reappears.

From 1er January 2021, calling certain utilities will no longer have unpleasant surprises on telephone bills. As of this date, premium rate numbers will in fact be prohibited for administrations and bodies responsible for a public service mission.

Be careful, however, local authorities (town halls, departments, inter-municipal authorities, etc.) are not obliged to adopt this new rule and remain free to use surcharged numbers.

The validity of the 2020 meal vouchers will be extended until 1er September 2021, when they should have expired at the end of February. A measure put in place to support the catering sector.

But also…

With Brexit, border controls between France and Great Britain, which is definitively leaving the Customs Union, have been re-established. Exporting companies will have to complete customs formalities, or even pay customs duties, as when they export products outside the European Union.

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The obligations to donate unsold products are extended to wholesalers with a turnover of over 50 million euros. Donation monitoring and quality control procedures become mandatory.

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