Pay French fiscal debts with a stamp

I have received an email from the Direction des Finances about buying un timbre fiscal. What is this for? Why do I need it?  P.E.

27 June 2018
By Hugh MacDonald

When debts are due to the tax office, they can, in addition to being paid in the normal way by cheque or bank transfer, be paid by using fiscal stamps, the ‘timbre fiscal’.

These stamps can be paper or electronic and can be used for anything that is due to the tax office such as for driving licences, boat licences, foreign resident cards or some court proceedings.

They are available from the tax office, so, for example, instead of including a cheque for a passport renewal, one can enclose a fiscal stamp.

Reader's query answered by Hugh MacDonald

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