Residents of these departments risk a fine if they do not quickly complete their tax return.

If they do not complete their tax return quickly, residents of several French departments will be penalized by the tax administration.

The countdown is coming to an end. Nearly 40 million French taxpayers are expected to complete their tax returns this year. If many citizens have already completed this administrative formality, whether online or via paper form, those who have not yet done so must hurry. Indeed, the deadlines set by the tax administration are fast approaching and latecomers are exposed to financial sanctions.

The penalties provided for in the event of delay are calculated by the General Directorate of Public Finances (DGFiP). If a taxpayer forgets to declare before the deadline, but quickly regularizes his situation on his own, the amount of tax he must pay to the tax authorities will be increased by 10%. On the other hand, if the tax authorities are forced to send a formal notice, the bill will be increased by 20%. The taxpayer then has 30 days to complete and sign their tax return. If it still does not meet the new deadline, the rate of increase doubles to 40%.

In addition, late payment interest of 0.2% per month will also be applied. For example, an individual owing 800 euros in taxes but who declares a few days late will ultimately have to pay 880 euros. If he only does so two months after the deadline and after having received formal notice, the bill will amount to 963.2 euros.

Residents of departments numbered 1 to 19, as well as French people living abroad, must have submitted their declaration online no later than Thursday May 23 at 11:59 p.m. They therefore only have one week left to complete the different boxes of the form and detail all of their financial resources to the tax authorities.

Taxpayers in Corsica and departments ranging from 21 to 54 have an additional period, but it remains short. They have until Thursday May 30 at 11:59 p.m. to send their declaration to the administration. In total, more than 18 million people must comply with this obligation before the end of May.

To complete their tax return, each taxpayer received an e-mail or paper letter from the DGFiP in mid-April detailing the procedure to follow. Most tax households are invited to complete this process online, on the impots.gouv.fr website. After logging into your personal space, simply click on “Declare my income” then check and complete the information pre-filled by the administration (family situation, salaries, allowances, etc.). You must then enter any other income received in 2023, as well as the charges and reductions or tax credits to which you may be eligible.

Once all the fields have been completed, all that remains is to validate and electronically sign your declaration. A simple gesture but not to be forgotten, otherwise there will be an unpleasant surprise when you receive your tax notice in the summer.

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