According to Darmanin, the French would soon be able to pay their taxes from a retail outlet

In an interview with the press group, Ebra, the minister announced that taxpayers could pay their taxes in a tobacconist "from July 1, 2020, and as of January

According to Darmanin, the French would soon be able to pay their taxes from a retail outlet

In an interview with the press group, Ebra, the minister announced that taxpayers could pay their taxes in a tobacconist "from July 1, 2020, and as of January 1 in 18 departments test". "It is to make this service more accessible, thanks to a network that is more extensive than that of the public finances general Directorate (DGFIP)," said the minister, recalling that the tobacconists were present in 3.400 joint 1.800 for the DGFIP.

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taxpayers can pay their taxes in cash up to € 300, as they "still want to pay cash, because they are older, they don't have the internet or they do not have a bank account", he stressed. With a credit card, the amount will be "without limitation". According to the minister, this "new mission tobacconists" will be "carried out in partnership with la Française des Jeux (FDJ)".

In a press release issued Tuesday evening, the Confederation of tobacconists welcomed "with enthusiasm and great sense of responsibility" this proclamation which is registered according to it in "the role of public service in the vicinity of the profession."

15.000 deletions of positions of civil servants during the quinquennium

in addition, the minister of the public Accounts Gérald Darmanin was estimated at "around 15,000" the number of positions of State officials which will be removed during the quinquennium, of which "less than 2,000" in 2020, in an interview granted to the press group Ebra. "This will be probably around 15,000 job cuts from State officials on the five-year programme, of which less than 2,000 next year, for the most part at Bercy", he said to the group of regional dailies in eastern France.

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The secretary of State in charge of public service, Olivier Dussopt, had already confirmed last week that the objective of a reduction of 50,000 positions in the public service of the State, which includes teachers, a promise of the candidate Emmanuel Macron in 2017, would be "extremely difficult to achieve by 2022". Darmanin, on the other hand has assured that "the goal of 70,000 job cuts in the territorial communities" would be required.

To increase taxes on tobacco to roll

Finally, the minister also acknowledged that the government has been studying for a few months a rise in taxes on rolling tobacco. "One wonders if there is not a postponement of consumption on the roll your own tobacco, which had not experienced the same increases in taxes that the cigarettes", he explained. "If that was the case, it would be logical that there should be in the budget 2020 an increase in the tax on rolling tobacco", there as well conlu.

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Updated Date: 24 July 2019, 00:00

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