Thursday, 20 January, 2022

Tax fraud: Bercy perpetuates the use of informants


Since the establishment of the intelligence system in 2017, nearly 100 million euros have been recovered thanks to “tax advisers”. The MEP responsible for the new evaluation report warns against the introduction of a rigid scale for bonuses.

The agents of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance have a range of tools to track down tax evasion, and in particular the possibility of remunerating informers.

The use of informers has become commonplace in Bercy. The system of “tax advisers”, as these tax informants are called, is entering its fifth year of existence. On this occasion, a decree has just codified in the regulations of the Book of Tax Procedures this system which allows “To compensate persons foreign to public administrations, which provide it with information that has led to the discovery of certain breaches of tax legislation”.

False tax domiciliation of a company operating in France, transfer of profits abroad, non-declaration of bank accounts or life insurance contracts opened or taken out abroad: individuals who denounce these practices (in such a way not anonymous but confidential) can receive a significant premium. This varies largely depending on the amount of tax collected and can climb up to 1 million euros.

Since the establishment of the intelligence system in 2017, nearly 100 million euros have been recovered thanks to “tax advisers”. The MEP responsible for the new evaluation report warns against the introduction of a rigid scale for bonuses.

The agents of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance have a range of tools to track down tax evasion, and in particular the possibility of remunerating informers.

The use of informers has become commonplace in Bercy. The system of “tax advisers”, as these tax informants are called, is entering its fifth year of existence. On this occasion, a decree has just codified in the regulations of the Book of Tax Procedures this system which allows “To compensate persons foreign to public administrations, which provide it with information that has led to the discovery of certain breaches of tax legislation”.

False tax domiciliation of a company operating in France, transfer of profits abroad, non-declaration of bank accounts or life insurance contracts opened or taken out abroad: individuals who denounce these practices (in such a way not anonymous but confidential) can receive a significant premium. This varies largely depending on the amount of tax collected and can climb up to 1 million euros.