France delays tax return dates due to coronavirus standstill

France delays tax return dates due to coronavirus standstill
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The start date to complete your French tax return has been pushed back by 11 days.

France’s Minister of Public Accounts Gérald Darmanin announced on Tuesday he would postpone the opening of French workers’ income tax declaration period from April 9th to April 20th 2020.

His administration will also suspend other tax controls for sectors hit by the coronavirus crisis until further notice.

“I made the decision after informing the Prime Minister to postpone the tax return for a week,” Darmanin told TF1.

The minister referred taxpayers to the official French tax website – impots.gouv.fr – to find further information about their specific requirements 

Tax residents of three different groups of French départements now have updated closing dates to file their tax returns.

For départements 1 to 19: Thursday June 4th, 2020 at 11.59pm

For départements 20 to 49: Monday June 8th, 2020 at 11.59pm

For départements 50 to 976: Thursday June 11th, 2020 at 11.59pm

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This income tax declaration relates to taxes owed for 2019 and everyone resident in France from April 2019 and onwards needs to fill in a return, regardless of whether you have an income in France or not.

Darmanin also announced that people who file their tax declaration on paper (only those who can prove they don’t have internet access) have until June 12th to submit it, roughly one month longer than initially planned.

Everyone else is able to file online this year, even people who are making a declaration for the first time, although they will need to request a tax number first.

All current tax audits will also be suspended and there would be no new ones during lockdown period as many sectors are “at a complete standstill”.

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