Taxes owe 1,200 euros to 4.5 million French people – they still have to be claimed

An advantage allows you to benefit from a tax credit of up to 6,000 euros.

A significant tax advantage exists, but many eligible people do not take advantage of it. This advantage allows you to benefit from a tax credit of up to 6,000 euros. As a reminder, the tax credit is a sum of money that the State owes to the taxpayer. Clearly, the tax credit can reduce the amount the taxpayer must pay. Unlike a tax reduction, which only reduces the amount to be paid, a tax credit can also give rise to a “negative tax”, that is to say that the tax authorities can pay money to the taxpayer if the amount of the tax credit is greater than the amount of tax due.

The tax declaration, more aptly called “income declaration”, is not only used to declare one’s resources, as its name might suggest. It is also used to report certain expenses incurred by the taxpayer to the tax authorities. Some of these expenses are eligible for tax credits. A specific box in the income tax return, box 7DB, is dedicated to indicating these particular expenses. Thanks to this box, the tax credit can reach up to 6,000 euros. Around 4.5 million French people are eligible for this tax benefit each year, for an average tax reduction of 1,200 euros.

The expenses giving rise to this tax credit are those related to personal services. This may include employing a housekeeper, caring for children at home, assisting the elderly or disabled, DIY and gardening work, IT assistance, or even walking animals. of company. If a taxpayer used one of these services during the year 2023, they can enter the corresponding expenses in box 7DB of their tax return.

The tax credit linked to box 7DB entitles you to a reimbursement of 50% of the costs incurred. For a declaration without children, the maximum amount taken into account is 12,000 euros, thus offering a tax reduction of 6,000 euros. This ceiling is increased by 1,500 euros per dependent child, bringing the maximum amount to 13,500 euros for a declaration with one child, 15,000 euros for two children, and so on.

To access box 7DB, the taxpayer must go to their personal space on the impot.gouv.fr website, open their declaration and navigate to the second page entitled “Your charges”. The line “Personal service: employment at home” corresponds to box 7DB. By clicking on the pencil icon, a window opens, allowing you to detail the expenses incurred and any aid received. Once this information is validated, the calculation is carried out automatically and the result is reported on the last page of the declaration, before final validation.

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