Tuesday, 19 October, 2021

Bercy softens the reform of the network of tax centers


The tax administration hopes to complete the consultation with the departments on its overhaul of the treasury network by the summer, while nearly 25 contracts should have been signed by the municipal elections. While many closures are planned, Bercy has at the same time increased the number of “contact points” in the field.

Many local authorities want to maintain their tax center.

In the current electric social climate, we sometimes forget that the government is supposed to have launched an act II of the quinquennium, more soothing and attentive. However, there is one area where this is clearly visible, it is that of the very politically sensitive issue of the reorganization of the network of tax centers. While it had launched the reform in June 2018 with the promise to slash the network, Bercy is now giving more and more pledges to make it less painful in the eyes of local communities, very attached to the presence of this public service on their territories.

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“We had promised to increase the number of contact points with the tax administration by 30% by 2022, I will not be surprised that we are close to 36 to 40% more at the end of the consultations that we are carrying out with the departments ”, indicates to the “Echos” Jérôme Fournel, the general director of public finances in Bercy.

Local reception

With this reform, the Ministry of Action and Public Accounts of Gérald Darmanin has embarked on a balancing act. On the one hand, a large number of small treasuries will be closed. In particular, they must make way for new structures (accounting management services and local authority advisers), which are less numerous.

But to maintain the presence on the territory, it was promised to increase local reception, with treasuries converted into “France services” houses (where several public services are shared), permanence in town halls or post offices. , itinerant buses, etc. The reception will not necessarily be daily, sometimes a few half-days per week or per month.

New mapping

This new mapping of the tax network has been discussed for several months with local authorities. “We have already signed commitment charters with 16 departments out of 90, and this figure should be between 20 and 25 by municipal elections. The objective is to conclude all the agreements by the summer ”, advances Jérôme Fournel, specifying that not far from 230 contracts have been concluded or will be quickly concluded with the inter-municipal authorities.

During the discussions, Bercy agreed to increase the number of contact points. “For Ile-et-Vilaine, for example, there were 33 municipalities in the network of the initial map, and we have increased to 51 municipalities”, continues the Director of Public Finances. While Gérald Darmanin had promised that everyone will have “Access to public services within 30 minutes”, the gauge has instead been reduced to 15 or 20 minutes.

5,000 fewer jobs

However, Jérôme Fournel ensures that the reform “Remains in line with its initial philosophy”, to get “Better quality of the accounting management service and advice to elected officials”. Savings are also always expected. The General Directorate of Public Finances must, in fact, be one of the rare state administrations to experience cuts in its workforce by 2022, with 5,000 fewer positions. But the tax boss denies that this situation leads to social unrest, as the Solidaires Finances Publiques union recently claimed.

“Structural changes can be scary. There is no forced mobility, and there will always be extreme attention to people and their living and working conditions. The fact that the satisfaction rate for the service provided by the tax administration is on the rise shows that these transformations can make sense for our agents. With these developments, the tasks will be enriched ”, estimates Jérôme Fournel.

By freeing itself from new financial leeway, the tax administration hopes to have more leeway to upgrade its IT tool criticized by the Court of Auditors. In 2020 alone, IT credits must increase by 40% compared to 2019, and stabilize at this level until the end of the five-year term.

The tax administration hopes to complete the consultation with the departments on its overhaul of the treasury network by the summer, while nearly 25 contracts should have been signed by the municipal elections. While many closures are planned, Bercy has at the same time increased the number of “contact points” in the field.

Many local authorities want to maintain their tax center.

In the current electric social climate, we sometimes forget that the government is supposed to have launched an act II of the quinquennium, more soothing and attentive. However, there is one area where this is clearly visible, it is that of the very politically sensitive issue of the reorganization of the network of tax centers. While it had launched the reform in June 2018 with the promise to slash the network, Bercy is now giving more and more pledges to make it less painful in the eyes of local communities, very attached to the presence of this public service on their territories.

Read also:

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“We had promised to increase the number of contact points with the tax administration by 30% by 2022, I will not be surprised that we are close to 36 to 40% more at the end of the consultations that we are carrying out with the departments ”, indicates to the “Echos” Jérôme Fournel, the general director of public finances in Bercy.

Local reception

With this reform, the Ministry of Action and Public Accounts of Gérald Darmanin has embarked on a balancing act. On the one hand, a large number of small treasuries will be closed. In particular, they must make way for new structures (accounting management services and local authority advisers), which are less numerous.

But to maintain the presence on the territory, it was promised to increase local reception, with treasuries converted into “France services” houses (where several public services are shared), permanence in town halls or post offices. , itinerant buses, etc. The reception will not necessarily be daily, sometimes a few half-days per week or per month.

New mapping

This new mapping of the tax network has been discussed for several months with local authorities. “We have already signed commitment charters with 16 departments out of 90, and this figure should be between 20 and 25 by municipal elections. The objective is to conclude all the agreements by the summer ”, advances Jérôme Fournel, specifying that not far from 230 contracts have been concluded or will be quickly concluded with the inter-municipal authorities.

During the discussions, Bercy agreed to increase the number of contact points. “For Ile-et-Vilaine, for example, there were 33 municipalities in the network of the initial map, and we have increased to 51 municipalities”, continues the Director of Public Finances. While Gérald Darmanin had promised that everyone will have “Access to public services within 30 minutes”, the gauge has instead been reduced to 15 or 20 minutes.

5,000 fewer jobs

However, Jérôme Fournel ensures that the reform “Remains in line with its initial philosophy”, to get “Better quality of the accounting management service and advice to elected officials”. Savings are also always expected. The General Directorate of Public Finances must, in fact, be one of the rare state administrations to experience cuts in its workforce by 2022, with 5,000 fewer positions. But the tax boss denies that this situation leads to social unrest, as the Solidaires Finances Publiques union recently claimed.

“Structural changes can be scary. There is no forced mobility, and there will always be extreme attention to people and their living and working conditions. The fact that the satisfaction rate for the service provided by the tax administration is on the rise shows that these transformations can make sense for our agents. With these developments, the tasks will be enriched ”, estimates Jérôme Fournel.

By freeing itself from new financial leeway, the tax administration hopes to have more leeway to upgrade its IT tool criticized by the Court of Auditors. In 2020 alone, IT credits must increase by 40% compared to 2019, and stabilize at this level until the end of the five-year term.