TAX forms for 2008 income will go out to households in France from today.
People have until midnight on May 29 to return the forms to their local centre des impôts, and a bit longer if they declare by internet – June 11 for Zone A, June 18 for Zone B, and June 15 for Zone C and Corsica. Click here for internet declaration zones.
All adult residents of France must fill out a form, although not everyone will be taxed as a result.
This year as a measure to help people cope with the economic crisis, those (four million people) who are in the first tax band only will get a two-thirds reduction on their tax.
Another two million who are at the bottom of the next band will get a reduction that will diminish as their revenue increases, with no reduction for those who declare €12,475 or more.
Those concerned will get letters this month. In order for the tax-cut to have an effect quickly, they will not have to pay their usual tax instalment in May (those who pay monthly will not pay from May to August) – their exact remaining tax owed will be tallied up once their actual income for last year is known.
Last year the tax represented about €60 billion, or 20% of the state’s revenue.