It is in billions of euros the amount that the State recovered last year following tax audits, said Thursday the Ministry of Public Accounts.

In 2020, 7.8 billion euros had been recovered, compared to 11 billion euros in 2019, a record.

In total, the amount of taxes evaded and claimed by the tax authorities from individuals and businesses amounted to 13.4 billion euros in 2021, according to data from the General Directorate of Public Finance (DGFiP), compared to 8, 7 billion euros in 2020 and 11.4 billion in 2019. 45% of inspections initiated in 2021 were after the use of datamining, which ultimately resulted in the notification of 1.2 billion euros in rights and penalties, out of the 13.4 billion euros notified overall.

Last year, the tax authorities notably targeted VAT fraud and asset fraud.

More than 1,200 mandatory denunciations of tax evasion facts sent to the public prosecutor's office

France has strengthened its arsenal in the fight against tax fraud in recent years, in particular with a dedicated law of 2018, which created a "tax police", extended the "guilty plea" to the tax field and relaxed the "Bercy lock". “, which now obliges the tax administration to transmit to justice the facts of fraud greater than 100,000 euros.

Thus last year there were more than 1,200 mandatory denunciations of facts of tax evasion transmitted to the prosecution, or 25% more than in 2019, for an amount of rights "of the order of 540 million euros " .

“A total of 1,620 tax evasion files (tax evasion + tax fraud) were sent to the public prosecutor's office, to which are added 2,500 complaints for solidarity fund fraud,” summarizes the ministry.

8,000 companies have been asked for public aid unduly paid, while a priori checks on the solidarity fund have made it possible to dismiss more than 2.54 million unfounded requests representing more than 10 billion euros in payments.


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