The essentials The fight against tax fraud brought in nearly € 7.8 billion in public finances in France in 2020, despite controls being suspended due to the health crisis, the French Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday.
“In 2020 as a whole, revenue after tax audits reached 7.79 billion euros, a level close to that of 2018 (7.73 billion euros),” according to a Bercy press release.
He states that the gross repayment rate of the amounts due after the inspection has improved from 51% to 59%.
“After an exceptional 2019 (in which the tax authorities had collected 9 billion euros), the results of the tax audit in 2020 reflect the continuation of efforts to fight tax fraud within the framework of the new trust, despite the economic and health crisis.” Document.
In particular, a law of August 2018 provided a “right to error” for individuals and companies who, in the event of errors in administrative procedures such as tax returns, benefit from the outset in good faith. You can correct them spontaneously or at the request of the administration and avoid penalties for the first failure.
Tax review and complaint procedures have been disrupted by the health crisis. In particular, they were suspended between March and the end of June before gradually resuming from July.
In addition, agents who normally deal with tax audits have “been mobilized to support actions in support of the economy”.
365,200 inspections in 2020
A total of 365,200 inspections were carried out in 2020, a decrease of 17% compared to the previous year.
“Despite the suspension of controls for much of the year, 2020 was not a black year for tax audits. On the contrary, the new requirements for corporate support have accelerated their transformation,” commented French Finance Minister Olivier Dussopt, quoted in the press release.
“The means used to fight fraud, particularly through the processing of bulk data, have made it possible to control controls more precisely,” he added.
In the context of the health crisis and the use of support systems for businesses and employees, Bercy has made monitoring “natural persons unaffected by the crisis” a priority, for example in relation to succession and “emergency systems”.
With respect to the Solidarity Fund, 43,500 checks resulted in improper payments of € 64 million in April 2020 and April 2021. The pre-payment checks also made it possible to avoid “instant payments for nearly 1.8 million applications”.