Make sense of ... France's Trésor Public

To most people in France, the Trésor Public is the body you pay your taxes and fines to – and maybe the words you put on a cheque to hand over that money...

To most people in France, the Trésor Public is the body you pay your taxes and fines to – and maybe the words you put on a cheque to hand over that money.

Perhaps it’s an office to visit occasionally to make payments or get advice about them.

It is the old name for the public accounts department Direction Générale de la Comptabilité Publique, which merged with the Direction Générale des Impôts in 2008 to become the Direction Générale des Finances Publiques (DGFiP).

Ultimately, when you sign a cheque to the Trésor Public, you are just paying the state, as it has no separate legal identity.

How­ever, ...

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