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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:57 PM

Depardieu says he paid 85% of his 2012 income to taxes

Last edited Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:45 PM - Edit history (2)

(edited to include links from other news sources so I can't be accused of only quoting right-wing rags)

And France is outraged that he's leaving.

"We no longer have the same country. I'm a true European, a citizen of the world," Depardieu wrote in the letter. He said his 2012 tax bill – 85 percent of his revenue – is fully paid.

Depardieu, who turns 64 this month, said he has worked since the age of 14, first as a printer, and that in last 45 years he has paid (EURO)145 million ($190 million) in taxes.

"I hand over my passport to you and my social security card, which I have never used," the letter said, referring to Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Last week, Ayrault called Depardieu "pathetic" and "unpatriotic" for the actor's decision to move to Nechin, a Belgian village barely a mile (1.6 kilometers) across the border from Lille in northern France.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/gerard-depardieu-passport_n_2311561.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/world/europe/gerard-depardieu-says-he-is-giving-up-french-citizenship.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20760572

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-17/depardieu-will-give-up-french-citizenship-over-taxes

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Reply Depardieu says he paid 85% of his 2012 income to taxes (Original post)
mainer Dec 2012 OP
JaneyVee Dec 2012 #1
Rex Dec 2012 #2
mainer Dec 2012 #4
a geek named Bob Dec 2012 #3
Mass Dec 2012 #5
mainer Dec 2012 #6
mainer Dec 2012 #9
Mass Dec 2012 #10
mainer Dec 2012 #14
Mass Dec 2012 #19
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2012 #11
Mass Dec 2012 #20
TexasBushwhacker Dec 2012 #22
Mass Dec 2012 #23
Cleita Dec 2012 #26
AngryAmish Dec 2012 #36
mainer Dec 2012 #37
mainer Dec 2012 #40
aandegoons Dec 2012 #7
mainer Dec 2012 #24
aandegoons Dec 2012 #29
mainer Dec 2012 #31
aandegoons Dec 2012 #32
mainer Dec 2012 #33
aandegoons Dec 2012 #34
mainer Dec 2012 #35
aandegoons Dec 2012 #38
Barack_America Dec 2012 #8
uponit7771 Dec 2012 #12
LiberalFighter Dec 2012 #13
JDPriestly Dec 2012 #15
LiberalFighter Dec 2012 #16
librechik Dec 2012 #17
mainer Dec 2012 #18
librechik Dec 2012 #41
Egalitarian Thug Dec 2012 #21
LiberalFighter Dec 2012 #25
Capt. Obvious Dec 2012 #27
mainer Dec 2012 #28
hughee99 Dec 2012 #44
obamanut2012 Dec 2012 #30
ieoeja Dec 2012 #39
SomethingFishy Dec 2012 #42
mainer Dec 2012 #43
mainer Dec 2012 #45
Starry Messenger Dec 2012 #46

Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:00 PM

1. RWNJ Sarkozy supporter. Meanwhile, France subsidizes the movie industry which allowed him to

become so rich. That and the fact that the French people went to see his movies.

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:00 PM

2. Nothing, I messed up.

EDIT - NM I read the article wrong, my mistake.

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Response to Rex (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:01 PM

4. What mistake did I make?

could you point out where I misread or misquoted the article?

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:00 PM

3. Sounds like Gerard (sp?) is making a smart move... n/t

 

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:07 PM

5. Nobody pays 85 % of its income in taxes in France. This is bull.

Umtil this year, The law said that, between income taxes and tax on wealth, you could not be imposed more than 50 % of your income.

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Response to Mass (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:09 PM

6. Guess the press will have to take it up with Depardieu

I'm just posting the article, so you can attack Huffington Post instead.

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Response to Mass (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:13 PM

9. I think I found the explanation for the 85%

Not only does it include income tax, it also includes the additional wealth tax (not on income) as well as taxes for social welfare:

"In his letter to Ayrault, Depardieu said his 2012 tax bill, including payments to the French social-welfare system, totaled 85 percent of his income before the new tax rate kicks in."

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-17/depardieu-will-give-up-french-citizenship-over-taxes

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Response to mainer (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:16 PM

10. Well, it is obviously junk, and people should know.

A/ Nobody has paid taxes on 2012 income yet.

B/ The highest income tax rate in France is 41%.

C/ It is still highly unlikely when it comes to welfare taxes, as you only pay up to the cap and the rest is a small percentage of the income.

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Response to Mass (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:19 PM

14. If you pay quarterly, it's possible to have paid your 2012 taxes

Some people owe taxes based on best-estimate of their upcoming quarter's income.

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Response to mainer (Reply #14)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:26 PM

19. Still does not work that way in France

You pay your taxes for 2011 in 2012, and you pay it by 1/3 of what you paid the previous year: 1/3 in Feb, 1/3 in May, and 1/3 in September (or whatever is left to pay).

Frankly, this looks like a pile of crap to me, and he is probably putting together a whole bunch of things that do not belong together (such as VAT)

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Response to Mass (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:17 PM

11. Probably catching up with past years' income

Someone whose income comes from profit-sharing of movies will have complicated tax affairs that take years to complete. If he didn't have a big year in 2012, he could have paid 85% of what has come in to him this year to settle previous years' bills. Or he had capital gains taxes (from selling up properties in preparation for moving to Belgium, perhaps). But he'd put it as "85% of my income" to try to generate some sympathy.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:28 PM

20. You may be on something here.

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Response to Mass (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:35 PM

22. He's leaving because the president plans on raising the tax to 75%

on incomes over 1 Million Euros. Many of the wealthy are leaving. They're all putting their mansions up for sale. I don't know who is going to buy them though.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #22)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:40 PM

23. Another pile of crap. Some people are leaving.

Most of them are staying though.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #22)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:47 PM

26. There's plenty of rich Arab oil sheiks around who will buy up the mansions

and probably inflate the real estate value while they are at it.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #26)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:54 PM

36. Gentrification!

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Response to Mass (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:19 PM

40. With wealth tax at 1.8%, it's possible

As I pointed out below, his net worth is estimated around $120,000,000. He pays about 2.2 million dollars annually in wealth tax, exclusive of income tax. If he earned 4 million dollars last year (and he hasn't made a hit movie in years; I don't know many Hollywood actors his age who are in the 4 million plus category) and his income tax was 46%, then he owes about 2 million dollars in income/welfare taxes.

Add it up: $2.2 in wealth tax plus $2 million in income tax = $4.2 million dollars in taxes owed.

On 4 million dollars of income.

In France, it's possible to owe more than 100% of your income in taxes.

Help me figure out where I'm obviously wrong. (I don't have Depardieu's annual income -- that's the missing X.)

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:10 PM

7. There are alot of others who pay 85% of their income in taxes.

But hey they don't matter since they are poor.

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Response to aandegoons (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:42 PM

24. I'm trying to come up with a calculation for this to happen

but I'm having trouble. A very poor person with almost no income would indeed pay sales taxes but in many states, food is tax-free. To pay 85% of your income in sales tax/use taxes would mean your income is so low that you're getting federal or state support for Medicaid or food stamps.

If you purchase $20,000 of items in a year and paid 5% sales tax on that, it amounts to $1000 in taxes. For that to be 85% of your income, it means you're only making about $1300 a year. Which means you're getting federal/state subsidies to survive, which cannot be considered income but which actually means you're getting a net back from the government.

Help me come up with the scenario of "many low-income people" paying 85% in taxes.

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Response to mainer (Reply #24)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:57 PM

29. Your right it can't happen my bad.

I was considering just discretionary spending but it still does not add up. Just like Depardieu's funky numbers and for exactly the same reason.

But then there are numbers to be believed and numbers to question. What we choose to question and what we choose to accept tells us a lot about ourselves.

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Response to aandegoons (Reply #29)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:00 PM

31. Well, you know, I'm always ready and willing to be proven wrong

and numbers give me comfort. It's the dweeb in me.

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Response to mainer (Reply #31)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:18 PM

32. And ready and willing to believe.

I suppose that should give you comfort also.

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Response to aandegoons (Reply #32)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:37 PM

33. Until you can prove it's wrong.

I haven't yet seen a rebuttal of Depardieu's letter to the press. All I can do is post what has been quoted in the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post. It doesn't mean I believe it; it just means that's what he said.

Funny how people get attacked here for just posting news sources, as if I'm Depardieu himself.

I have re-phrased the OP to make it ABSOLUTELY CLEAR that it's Depardieu saying it.

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Response to mainer (Reply #33)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:48 PM

34. Errr... Mass rebutted the whole thing.

Anyways Belgium is in need of a public urinator. Does France have one they can borrow?

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Response to aandegoons (Reply #34)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:51 PM

35. Wow, Mass has Depardieu's tax statement, that's amazing.

I'm still waiting for the press to make a statement.

France has a 1.8 percent wealth tax on net assets (aside from income). Depardieu's net worth is estimated at around $120,000,000, so that's a yearly tax of about $2.2 million, before income taxes. If he had an income this year of $3 million, then he's already at a 75% tax rate even BEFORE his income and social welfare taxes are taken into account.

So yes, it's very possible to be paying 85% in taxes.

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Response to mainer (Reply #35)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:13 PM

38. I am sure you are.

I owned a bank for a bit. We had a number of tellers, and tellers being human made mistakes. Well those mistakes would be positive some days and negative others for the most part.

Except one teller. He would of all things be in the negative every day. Not a lot mind you, but 40 to 100 dollars on the average. He never was in the positive not once.

You see sometimes there are consistencies. It is what let most of us know that Bush and co. were.... well manipulating data. Looking for a desired outcome so to speak.

So maybe you will find what you are looking for.

Good luck.

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:13 PM

8. Better than Romney, who dodges taxes, yet keeps his passport and SS card...

...and even has the audacity to think he deserves to run the place.

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:17 PM

12. ****BULL***

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:19 PM

13. I'm sure there will be lots of movie offers for him in France once he renouces

citizenship.

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:20 PM

15. Depardieu is mostly a lazy actor.

He just plays himself. Just a big hulk. I don't think he earned a cent of that.

What is more, he gets role after role after role in otherwise great French movies.

No loss if he never appears in another movie.

I have never understood why he is such a big star in France.

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:21 PM

16. Selling his home in France for $65 million

Would be difficult to amass that much in wealth with such high taxes.

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:24 PM

17. marginal tax rates under Eisenhower in US: 93%

this is nothing new, and the rich need to stfu about government forcing them to pay their fair share. If they respected the laws of their country, this wouldn't be a problem. They are just criminals of a very nasty variety.

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Response to librechik (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:25 PM

18. Except in France, I think they actually collect those taxes

From what I've heard, under Eisenhower, no one actually paid 93%.

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Response to mainer (Reply #18)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:33 PM

41. they got tax breaks to invest in new equipment and so on--it worked to keep infrastructure going

yeah, they were incentivized to help their own factories and so on, thus avoiding the major brunt of the tax (very much simplified version from my non-expert perspective.

Yeah, good for France if they can collect!The citizens get many benfits in return, unlike the US.

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:32 PM

21. Yup, because being limited to only $100M just isn't enough. WTF is wrong with these people? n/t

 

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:43 PM

25. Someone's comment about the guy.

When you give up your French passport “you no longer want to be part of the mother country,” Sapin said in a radio interview on Europe 1. “I know him well, he’s a man of extravagance and exaggeration.”

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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:50 PM

27. This thread just barely survives a jury vote

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Response to Capt. Obvious (Reply #27)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:56 PM

28. If I'd posted the same story from the New York Times, would it get alerted as well?

I didn't know it was possible to post a mainstream news source and have it alerted!

So now the Huffington Post is a teabag site?

The same story's posted in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/world/europe/gerard-depardieu-says-he-is-giving-up-french-citizenship.html?_r=0) and the Wall Street Journal.

So now we'll ban articles from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal?

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Response to mainer (Reply #28)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 12:12 AM

44. This isn't the first time that I've seen an alert

with "RW talking point" for a story from a generally accepted news source. In the other case (I believe I served on a jury for that) we let it stand as well. Some people seem to think that just because a story doesn't fit the argument we'd like to make, we shouldn't discuss it at all. I think those are the ones we should discuss to determine what's going on... is the story inaccurate or misleading? Is the story accurate but only covers such a tiny group that the overall argument still stands? Is it possible that one's position might need to take this new information (if accurate) into account? I don't think it serves us well to be the party with their head in the sand.

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:59 PM

30. Good -- that should happen here, too

The good we could do for our citizens with that kind of income coming in...

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:14 PM

39. So what? He still has to pay French taxes on French investments.


He doesn't have any money invested in French businesses? I guess France hasn't lost shit then, huh?


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Response to mainer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:38 PM

42. Really?

Isn't this the guy who whipped his shit out on an airplane and pissed right in the isle?

Yeah I feel bad for him

Funny that you left out the comments about him benefitting from "grants" from the French Film Industry.

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Response to SomethingFishy (Reply #42)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:49 PM

43. I posted a 4-paragraph excerpt of the article.

Not the whole thing. That's the accepted limit on posting an article, I thought.

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Response to mainer (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:19 AM

46. Adieu, rape defender Depardieu.

I pity Belgium for its sudden influx of assholes.

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