Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

Tax fraud: the state recovered 5.6 billion euros over the first nine months of the year


This amount includes in particular the 465 million euros paid by Google to close the recovery procedures initiated against it.

The Minister of Public Accounts Gérald Darmanin, October 10, 2019, in Paris.  (MICHEL STOUPAK / NURPHOTO / AFP)

The State garnered 5.6 billion euros in tax recovery over the first nine months of 2019, against 4 billion euros over the same period in 2018, announced the Minister of Public Accounts on Wednesday, October 23. “It’s a 40% increase in the money that is in the state coffers”, welcomed Gérald Darmanin, who presented the results of the anti-fraud law voted last year.

This amount includes in particular the 465 million euros paid by Google (in addition to a fine of 500 million euros) to close the recovery procedures initiated against it. This settlement was obtained under one of the new provisions of the anti-fraud law, which allows a company to negotiate a fine without trial and without going through a “plead guilty” procedure.

1,100 files sent to justice

The anti-fraud law has also softened the “Bercy lock” device, now forcing the tax administration to transmit to justice the facts of the most serious tax fraud (over an amount of 100,000 euros). This relaxation thus led to 587 denunciations between January 1 and September 30, which correspond to approximately 211 million euros in recalled duties and penalties. In total, the judicial authority was seized more than 1,100 times for cases of tax evasion between January 1 and September 30, ie twice as many as last year on the same date.

“The administration wasted no time” to implement the law, welcomed Gérald Darmanin, from the headquarters of the Ile-de-France tax control department in Saint-Denis. He added that efficiency in tax collection was “A popular demand that [le gouvernement] heard ”.