Defense of the interests of the profession
16 Aug. 2021
Facilitating and modernizing the conditions of exercise of the activity of art galleries and antique dealers
As a privileged interlocutor with administrative authorities, the Committee defends the interests of gallery owners and antique dealers with politicians and institutional representatives. It takes part in the elaboration of art market regulations and contributes to cultural policies favoring the development of the entire sector.
This is how certain tax instructions or regulations have been clarified and sometimes simplified, for example
– Dispensing with the VAT deposit on importation (facility reserved for CPGA members)
– Abolish the flat-rate tax for foreign individuals
– Lowering the rate of the social contribution of presenters to the social security system for artists
– Obtain the flat-rate margin for calculating VAT on works sold by promotional galleries.
– Raise the export thresholds so that they are in line with the value of works on the art market.
Improving the competitiveness of the French art market
The activation of several levers are underway with the aim of boosting the attractiveness of French galleries and antique dealers, and avoiding unfair competition within the art market, including:
– Avoiding the abolition of the tax incentive scheme for the purchase of contemporary art by companies
– Allowing inventory provisions for both primary and secondary market galleries
– Apply the 1% distributor contribution to sales before tax, i.e., eliminate the double taxation of VAT + 1% distributor on the same sales
– Harmonize the statute of limitations between voluntary sales operators (5 years) and galleries (20 years)
– Exempting the Droit de suite when the rightful owners represented by a gallery waive it
An influence on a national, European and global scale
The Professional Committee of Art Galleries is present in several Boards of Directors of institutions, representative bodies or professional structures related to the art market or artistic creation. At the national level the CPGA is for example an active member of CIPAC or CNMA; at the international level it works within FEAGA and CINOA.
A Social Interlocutor
Considered an employers’ organization, the CPGA is also representative of the profession at the social level and participates in the joint dialogue between company unions and employee unions to implement non-food retail branch agreements (CDNA). The CPGA also sits on the AFDAS and the Federation of Contemporary Art Professionals (CIPAC) to assist its members in the professional training needs of their employees.