Hurricane Irma: No employer payroll taxes for one year for Saint-Martin and Saint-Barth!


Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced that the companies of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy "will not pay employer payroll taxes" for a year. Credits will also be released for the local authority of Saint-Martin.

Édouard Philippe announced that the companies of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy affected by Hurricane Irma "will not pay employer payroll taxes" until November 2018. The government will table an amendment to this effect, to the draft budget Safely.

The State will also grant aid of 62 million euros to the community (12 million euros for 2017 and 50 million for 2018), in order to compensate for the shortfall of the community in terms of property taxes.


Prime Minister arrested over slow insurance

The Prime Minister, who met with merchants from Hope Estate, was repeatedly questioned about the slow pace of insurance reimbursements: "Money, we just need money, we don't beg, we pay our insurance, money to rebuild our houses, we have had zero cents so far, ”said a Saint-Martinoise.

“Today, we are waiting for insurance reimbursements. We haven't touched anything yet, so we can't restart, ”also explained Sandra Vaudelle, who runs a tableware store with her husband, looted many times after Irma. "We are trying to make it happen," replied the Prime Minister.

Emergency aid to be released

Édouard Philippe, who also spoke with Daniel Gibbs, was to specify the “emergency” aid mechanism for the poorest Saint-Martinois, promised by Emmanuel Macron during his visit a month and a half ago.

The community having claimed that it is not a cash payment, a system of prepaid cards was retained, usable exclusively on the French part of the island, and operational "in November", according to Matignon. The aid granted to a few thousand beneficiaries will amount to 300 euros per adult and 100 euros per child (ceiling of 900 euros per family).


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