From July 1, 2020, taxes and fines may be paid in tobacco shops

The Minister of Public Accounts announced that the system will be tested in 18 departments in the first half of 2020 in order to assess its impact on the services, users and partners of the General Directorate of Public Finance.

“The taxpayer will be able to pay his taxes at a tobacconist.” The Minister of Public Accounts Gérald Darmanin announced, in an interview with the newspapers of the press group Ebra, to be published on Wednesday July 24, that taxpayers could pay their taxes at a tobacco shop “From July 1, 2020, and from January 1 in 18 test departments”.

With a credit card, the amount will be “Without limitation”, according to Gérald Darmanin. Taxpayers will be able to pay their taxes in cash up to 300 euros, because they “Still want to pay in cash, because they are elderly, they don’t have internet or they don’t have a bank account”, he stressed.

Mandatory training for tobacconists

“The aim is to make this service more accessible, thanks to a larger network than that of the General Directorate of Public Finances”, said Gérald Darmanin. The Minister recalls that tobacconists are present in 3,400 municipalities against 1,800 for the DGFIP, “With wider opening hours, including weekends”.

The Ministry of Public Accounts also specifies that training will be compulsory for tobacconists and the tax administration alone remains competent to grant payment deadlines or initiate forced recovery procedures.

In a statement released Tuesday evening, the Confederation of tobacconists welcomed “With enthusiasm and a great sense of responsibility” this advert. It fits, according to tobacconists, in “The role of local public service for the profession”.