Reader question: I paid a cleaner for regular work at our home in the past but have stopped this year. What do I need to do to make sure that I do not get tax credit money at the start of next year as I am no longer entitled to this?
Usually at the start of 2024 you will obtain a payment equivalent to 60% of your previous tax credit and reduction entitlements; the calculation will be based on your 2023 declaration of 2022 income.
If in reality you did not have the same eligible expenses in 2023 as in 2022, then you can adjust the amount of the January 2024 60% instalment, or cancel it, via your online space on the impots.gouv.fr tax website.
You should do this in the later part of 2023, after your tax 2022 tax credits have been regularised, but before a date in around mid-December when the cut-off date typically falls (this has not yet been specified for 2023).
To do this, go into your personal space and click Gérer mon prélèvement à la source, then Gérer vos avances de réductions et crédits d’impôt.
You can then choose not to have this advance payment (Je souhaite renoncer à mon avance) or to reduce it (Je souhaite modifier mon avance).
In the latter case you should estimate the correct amount of your reductions and credits by clicking on the simulator link.
Then click Je valide mon choix. Note that since 2022 it is possible to opt to take off the corresponding tax credit entitlement immediately when paying for services in the home (avance immédiate du crédit d’impôt).
If people opt for this, the amounts they have already benefitted from will be deducted from the amount paid to them the following January.
This ensures that they are not overpaid in relation to credits with the need to pay money back later on.