Nothing is clear about the withholding tax on income tax. Although the reform should take effect on 1 Decemberst January, Emmanuel Macron and Edouard Philippe no longer exclude his postponement or cancellation. While the responsible minister, Gérald Darmanin, continues to take care of the device "Works" and "Is ready". But new blow for this, the Parisian On Sunday, the existence of an internal note revealed Bercy that evokes dysfunctions as numerous as uncontrollable.
According to the paper, this document prepared in July by the Directorate-General for Financial Services (DGFIP) would draw an implacable balance of the test period of the device between summer 2017 and June 2018. If the problem went well for several months , the number of errors would have "Exploded" during others, touch "Thousands of taxpayers, if not more." The note refers to cases of multiple samples on the same person and confusion between people with the same name. According to the DGFIP, the main problems would be tax collectors. That is, employers, whether public or private, who have to return to the new system to withhold the amount due and transfer it to the tax authorities. Bercy ensures that in a statement released on Sunday afternoon "The tests carried out enable the implementation of the withholding tax at source under good technical conditions". For the Department of Public Accounts, "Contrary to what was passed on, it is impossible that these duplicates lead to double taxation".
Contact recorded by the Parisian, CEO of the DGFIP, Bruno Parent, had also indicated that he "There is no crisis at all" : "Compared to the tens of millions of salary lines processed, the duplicates were found to be epsilonesian, He insists. The idea that it can not be repaired is absurd. & # 39; The same certainty with Gerald Darmanin, who responded Saturday night on Twitter : "The errors found were less than 1% of the taxpayers, they have since been resolved, the minister promised, the technical device is working, it's done!"
Joined by liberation, the Ministry of Action and Public Accounts even mentions an anomaly of 0.1%, that is the test phase "Was exactly with the aim to identify". On the DGFIP side, we see in the note a "A simple working document that as such points to the points of vigilance".
Not enough to clarify the fate of this reform, voted by the previous majority, and whose application, originally foreseen for 2018, has already been postponed by one year. Emmanuel Macron said he was waiting for answers "Precise" by Gerald Darmanin, without specifying the exact nature of his doubts. The head of state and his prime minister, Edouard Philippe, will meet Tuesday the Minister of Action and Public Accounts, who promised to take this opportunity "Clear answers".
The case places the young minister in an unlikely situation. Gérald Darmanin has a number of weeks, in the media and in the field, the incessant promotion of withholding tax – a fairly popular reform among the French, according to a recent Ifop survey. He is now forced to convince the head of state, only four months after the application of the measure. And almost accused, half word, that you have prepared badly.
The minister nevertheless seems determined not to be accused on this ground: "Technically, yes we are done, he repeated Saturday. Are the French psychologically ready? This is a question that we must answer together. " A way not only to be accused of a possible postponement, and to emphasize the other concerns of Emmanuel Macron: the moral effect on taxpayers of a net salary downwards after the implementation of the withholding tax.
Realizing that he is also in Bercy, he is in the same boat as his colleague in public accounts, Bruno Le Maire helped Gerald Darmanin with this reform "With heart and professionalism". "We're talking about mistakes, but most tests went smoothly, and these tests are meant to be sure that there will be no problems. […] If all guarantees are guaranteed, nothing would justify the postponement ", was rich in the Minister of Economy and Finance, for whom "It is necessary to give the technical guarantee to the French and the companies and the president is right to demand them". This week, the mayor has to defend his trade legislation before the special committee of the Pact Act and he would have done well this deferral of withholding tax.
The subject seems to paralyze the executive power, faced with a popularity on half mast and a disastrous succession of controversies (Benalla case, postponement of constitutional reform, dismissal of Hulot …). It is not certain that this zigzag will make his return possible. Meanwhile, Minister of Labor Muriel Pénicaud assured Sunday that Macron was going"Check everything before you press the button", glorify "Helicopter vision" from the president, who is that "The brand of the great leaders". In times of realignment this is a nice way to sign up for your own estate.