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These children from whom the tax authorities demand housing tax

Minors received a letter from the tax administration for payment of housing tax. Errors which will be corrected, assure the tax services.

This is a letter these families could have done without. In Le Havre, an 11-year-old boy received a letter from the tax administration on November 17. The latter demanded the sum of 1,197 euros from him for the housing tax on his second home, says Paris-Normandie. Although the family initially thought it was a joke, the letter was nevertheless official.

And this boy is not the only minor to have received a letter of this kind. Le Progrès reports that a 13-year-old girl living in Caluire-et-Cuire in the Lyon Metropolis received a housing tax of 2,467 euros.

Many errors

At BFM Immo, the DGFiP explained: “We are on industrial processes, 39 million tax households, 24 million owners, 4 million housing tax notices on second homes issued each year and this type of error may occur.” And she adds: “Each year, we have between 250,000 and 440,000 disputes over housing tax on second homes linked largely to changes of address which have not been reported to us. It is too early to have the figure for this year but we are not seeing an increase in calls to our services and requests by e-messages on the subject.

Regarding the minor from Le Havre having received a housing tax, “in this specific case, it happens, if an owner has declared all the members of a family on the declaration of the occupants of the residential premises, that the information system issues the notice in the name of a child, by mistake. Obviously, when the housing tax on second homes is not due, it is appropriate to report this via its secure messaging to its customer service department. taxes, and this will be reduced,” specifies the tax authorities.

At the beginning of November, we told you in an article that many taxpayers had received housing tax notices even though it has been abolished since January 1 for main residences. Moreover, the General Directorate of Public Finance reacted immediately. On , you will of course be exempt. Contact us to let us know. To do this, simply contact taxes via the secure messaging system in your particular space or call 0 809 401 401.

Diane Lacaze and Paul Louis

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