Tax policies for creation

The proliferation of formats, platforms, and practices has reinforced the impact of taxation on the appropriation and redistribution of rights. It constitutes an amplification tool for European and national cultural policies.

The importance that Europe gives to taxation to promote redistribution must be questioned both in terms of efficiency (the GAFA escape it even if the payment of VAT based on the country of consumption will contribute to the balance) and quantity. This questions the use and remuneration of talents. How to propose the right levers to build a market that is at the same time consistent, competitive, and encouraging, and which promotes European creation and diversity?

So as to offer concrete proposals, in 2015 the Forum d'Avignon leads with its partner EY a study and some working groups on the following topic :

‘Which tax law for the Europe of creation ?’

This international study in 18 countries seeks to offer conceptual frameworks for a European common tax policy, revolving around three issues :

  • Preserving heritage,
  • Promoting creation,
  • Accessing culture.

Works by the Forum d’Avignon on tax policies for creation


  • April 1st, 2016 : #FAbdx - Account of the session: Promoting the cultural and creative sector, RELIVE
  • JULY 7th, 2015 : DEBATE MEETING on the theme « Which tax policy for creative Europe?” with EY


  • Culture and tax in Europe: how harmony can triumph over cacophony, with EY, READ
  • The way to cultural diversity in tax policies – the international survey on tax policies in the cultural sector, by EY (updated in 2011) READ


  • "The European creative economy did not invent a tax policy yet " by Clara-Doïna Schmelck, july 13, 2015 READ