The Renault CEO is no longer tax resident in France since 2012

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn - ERIC PIERMONT / AFP

Detained in Japan since November,
Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Renault, 15% owned by the State, is no longer tax resident in France since 2012, but domiciled in the Netherlands for tax purposes,
found Release, this Thursday.

According to the daily, Carlos Ghosn chose, in 2012, "to be domiciled, for his taxes, the Netherlands where is installed Renault-Nissan BV, the Dutch holding company, which since 2002, the alliance between the two manufacturers automobiles ". Information that neither Renault nor Bercy wished to comment.

Silence of Bercy and the Dutch tax authorities

Until 2012, Carlos Ghosn was subject to wealth tax (ISF), which does not exist in the Netherlands, the newspaper continues. In addition, Carlos Ghosn was also to pay the exceptional contribution on high incomes (CEHR) set up when François Hollande was in power, adds Release, which recalls that 2012 "corresponds to an increase in ISF rates, when the left returns to business." Interviewed, Renault invoked "personal data" and made no other comments.

The tax administration did not wish to confirm or refute this information, explaining that it could not express itself on particular cases "without breaking the law". The Ministry of Economy opposed a similar answer. A spokesman for the Dutch Finance Ministry, in charge of the tax authorities, said Thursday that Dutch law forbids the tax authorities and authorities to disclose this kind of information.

Carlos Ghosn accused of financial malfeasance

On 30 December, the French Minister of Public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, had estimated that the directors of listed companies, or of which the State is a shareholder, should imperatively be French tax residents. The State holds 15% of the group's capital at Losange. The Renault CEO has been detained since 19 November in Japan for alleged wrongdoing.

The Tokyo court dismissed Wednesday unsurprisingly a request for the end of detention Carlos Ghosn, the day after his first appearance in court. Carlos Ghosn, who claims his innocence, said Tuesday
"Falsely accused and unfairly detained". During his tenure, Renault set up interim executive management, but Carlos Ghosn remained CEO of the group.