Macron says he is “shocked” by the tax optimization that the McKinsey firm practices, Attal urges the administration to use advice “sparingly”

The director continues to be questioned about his use of consulting services, which exceeded one billion euros in 2021, according to a recent report by a Senate inquiry committee. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal acknowledged on Friday 25 March on Franceinfo, “an increase in the number of expert firms that the state had to resort to during the health crisis to support the spread of the vaccination campaign, in particular”.

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“Does this mean that we believe it can or should happen without limits? Of course notdeclared Mr Attal, invited in support of Emmanuel Macron. The President of the Republic had the opportunity to recall it. It must be done sparingly. »

“A billion, is it still thrift?”asked journalist Marc Fauvelle. “No. What I am saying is that there was an unusual situation during the health crisis at a time when the goal was to be as fast as possible and therefore to mobilize forces, experts, skills outside the state to come and support the effort.”Gabriel Attal replied, arguing for it“There is even a goal set to reduce spending by 2022 by 15%. Now things are settled.”

“I want all multinational companies to pay taxes where they work”

“It shocks me like everyone else”, had in turn responded to Emmanuel Macron, Wednesday night on the M6, that McKinsey would not have paid corporation tax for ten years, according to the revelations of the senators’ report on the Cabinet. He said, however, that he was not scandalized at the thought of it “that the government, that societies need expert firms”. “The criterion for me is that it must not replace things that we ourselves know how to do and that it is done in a transparent and controllable way”said the presidential candidate.

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“I want all multinational companies to pay taxes where they work”begged Emmanuel Macron. “This consulting firm that has not paid its taxes will collect and pay its taxes?”asked journalists Xavier de Moulins. “He can not catch up because he used the rules. The tax administration will see; if he has cheated, he will pay them. If he did not cheat but used tax optimization schemes, he will not pay them and you will not go looking for them because the law is the law! »replied the President of the Republic.

The McKinsey Company “will pay what it owes to the taxpayers and to the French state”said Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire also on Sunday. “We want to make sure McKinsey pays the taxes it owes France, just like all companies.”he had declared to the “Grand Jury” in RTL, Le Figaro and LCI. “All proceedings have already been initiated by the Directorate-General for Public Finance, McKinsey will pay”added the Minister. In response to senators’ accusations, McKinsey, for his part, promised to respect “all applicable French tax and social rules” and is said to have paid corporation tax “the years in which the company made a profit in France”.

The Senate Commission of Inquiry seized justice for false testimony

On Friday, the Senate Commission of Inquiry into consulting firms announced that it had taken legal action on suspicion of false testimony following the hearing of Karim Tadjeddine, one of McKinsey’s associate directors, on his firm’s tax practices.

During his hearing before the Senate in January, Mr. Tadjeddine that McKinsey paid corporation tax in France. But by consulting documents from the tax administration, senators realized that McKinsey had not paid any corporation tax from 2011 to 2020 using classic tax optimization mechanisms.

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Testimony of parliamentary committees is strictly regulated. Under oath, the interviewees can be punished with five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros in case of perjury. However, convictions are extremely rare: The first was handed down in 2017 against a pulmonologist who had hidden his connections with the oil group Total – since renamed TotalEnergies.

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