End of the paper declaration: “I think the character of leniency will last”

End of the paper declaration: “I think the character of leniency will last”

The paper tax return must be sent no later than this Thursday evening at midnight. This is the last year, but for the pspokesperson for the Solidaires finances publics union, there will be exceptions.

Income tax return (illustration).  (JEAN-LUC FLEMAL / MAXPPP)

The very last deadline for filing your tax return on paper is Thursday May 16 at midnight. A tolerance since, this year, everyone was supposed to fill it out online with a deadline which runs until June 4 for certain departments and that next year, the government should exempt some eight million tax households from declaration. “I think that the character of leniency will last for people who do not have internet or who are not able to do this on their own”, estimates, Thursday May 16 on franceinfo, Anne Guyot-Welke, spokesperson for the Solidaires public finances union.

franceinfo: Is this really the last year of the paper declaration as we have known it for more than 100 years?

Anne Guyot-Which : This is the last year for the paper version. I think that the character of leniency will last for people who do not have the internet or who are not able to do this on their own. There have been a lot of changes. The public finance centers receive a large number of people. Hospitality is more important this year.

The end of the paper declaration also means 1,000 tonnes of paper less. In total, 19,000 officials are dedicated to personal taxation. Are you also worried about fewer positions?

Altogether, 19,000 agents work in this area out of a population of 105,000 agents. But this is unfortunately not the first time that our administration has been the target of massive job cuts, since we have reached 40,000 since 2002. We are expecting a new wave for the next finance law and the end of the five-year term. Human support is one of the primary missions of the public service. Today it is being abused because we no longer have the means to insure it.

Bercy says agents will be redeployed?

Mr. Darmanin made an announcement on May 8 on the subject, saying that there would be 3,000 agents from certain metropolitan services to rural areas. We do not have more information in terms of practical modalities. It is also within the framework of “yellow vests” with the so-called desire to reclaim rural areas or areas in social difficulty. Our presence is legitimate throughout the country. Instead of redeploying, let’s create jobs and we will be able to fully assume our missions.

The government wants to exempt 6 to 8 million tax households from reporting next year. A tenable goal?

The absence of declaration targets taxpayers who would not have any change in income or change in the composition of households. But the taxpayer will have to know that any event which modifies either his income or a personal change will have to be notified. At that time, I think the statement will stand. But internally, we do not have more details. Mr. Darmanin is quite a specialist in media announcements …