Welcome to the high-level summary of Covid-19 related actions by the French Government. The details and links below have been split between “Tax Filings Affected”, “Government Employee Wages Benefits Programs” and “Government Loan Programs”; and are extracts from the more detailed information available on the websites of the French Praxity Participant firms’ websites, links to which are available at the bottom of this page. Praxity Participant Firms in France are Mazars and Talenz Axe Conseils
Tax Filing Affected
Postpone your tax deadlines Companies can contact their corporate tax department (SIE) to request payment deadlines for their direct taxes (excluding VAT and withholding taxes). This device is intended for companies affected by an interruption or restriction of their activity linked to a closure measure or when their financial situation justifies it. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis. In addition, the property tax due by companies owner-operators of their commercial or industrial premises is postponed for 3 months, on simple request. Measures concerning the CET Exceptional measures are also put in place in terms of contribution territorial economy (CET):
- Companies will be able to benefit from a deadline extension of 3 months, i.e. up to the 15th March 2021 if they find themselves in difficulty for the payment of the balance of the contribution land tenure of companies (CFE) on December 15, 2020, in particular due to restriction of activity for health reasons. This report is formed by simple email with the SIE on which the company depends. In the case of monthly payment, the request due by November 30. Companies withdrawn at maturity, can, within the same period, stop their withdrawal directly from their space professional on taxes.gouv.fr.
- Companies that plan to benefit from the CET cap based on the added value can anticipate the expected reduction by charging it directly on the amount of the CFE 2020 balance. An exceptional margin of error of 20% will be tolerated, without applicable penalty For large companies, these measures are subject to the condition that they do not proceed distribution of dividends or repurchase of shares in 2020 and that they do not have their tax office or subsidiary without economic substance in a non-cooperative State or territory.
Granting of settlement plans An exceptional system of settlement plans is planned for very small businesses (TPE) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) particularly affected by the coronavirus. It allows them to spread over a period of up to 3 years, the payment of their professional taxes due during the period of health crisis, i.e. between March 1 and 31 May 2020, and not yet settled. It is aimed at traders, craftsmen, liberal professions and other economic agents having started their activity no later than December 31, 2019 Wages tax
- Payment can be postponed for 3 months without justification. A rebate can be obtained upon justification. The limit date to file the returns has not been postponed. Social solidarity contribution
- The 2020 campaign to declare the elements serving as a basis for the Social Solidarity Contribution of Societies (C3S) is now open.
- The deadline for filing the declaration on the net-entreprises.fr website remains 15 May. No exemption from the declaration is planned.
- Nevertheless, in the event of payment difficulties, companies can contact URSSAF via the contact form accessible via their personal space. Corporate Income Tax Measures Filling and payment of the balance of 2019 Corporate tax
- Filling and payment of balance of 2019 Corporate tax is postponed to June 30th, 2020 (instead of May 15th, 2020).
- For large companies (i.e. with more than 5,000 employees or an annual turnover exceeding EUR 1.5 billion) and groups, the extension of payment limits is conditioned upon the absence of dividend distribution and share buybacks between March 27 and December 31, 2020. Request for tax rebate
- Companies may apply for a direct tax rebate.
- Such requests for discounts must be justified on a case-by-case basis and may be granted only in the event of specific difficulties which cannot be overcome by deferring payment.
- We recommend ensuring that the requested remission is fully substantiated and justified by a statement of the operating context, financial issues and any other elements that may be relevant to support the request.
- In practice, the request for remission requires the following information to be provided: -Company name and SIRET number of your company; -Taxes concerned, due dates and amount; -Monthly sales from January to May 2019 and January to May 2020; -Statement of other debts to be honored (nature, amount and due date) ; -Cash flow level of the company; -Other supporting evidence; -List of invoices awaiting payment from utilities (organization, subject of the invoice, amount).
- The form should be sent to the tax office to which the company belongs.
- For the largest companies or groups (more than 5,000 employees or € 1.5 billion in turnover), the discount is granted subject to the commitment, in the request, not to pay dividends, or to proceed to share buybacks between March 27 and December 31, 2020
Request for immediate reimbursement of tax credits
- The tax authorities remind that refundable tax credits can be refunded immediately upon request. The procedure to be applied is the normal procedure for claiming refunds of tax credits.
- This application involves filing the corporate tax balance statement (No. 2572), accompanied by the declaration(s) relating to the tax credit(s) (mainly declaration 2069-RCI) and the refund application (No. 2573). This filing is made via the professional area of the companies concerned.
- CICE and research tax credit receivables that are coming due may also be reimbursed immediately.
- Thus, for companies whose fiscal year coincides with the calendar year, these are receivables recognized for the 2016 fiscal year. Furthermore, companies meeting the definition of Community SMEs may also have their research tax credit claim reimbursed before the filing of the tax package. Option to the Consolidated tax group system
- The option for the 2020 financial year consolidated tax group system can intervene until May 31st, 2020. Option to the Corporate income tax system
- No additional due date is granted to companies wishing to opt for corporate tax for the financial year 2020. This option must always be exercised before the end of the third month of the financial year for which the company wishes to be subject to this tax, that is, for a company which opened its financial year on January 1st, 2020, before March 31st, 2020.
- Deadlines may nevertheless be granted by the Tax Service upon request and upon justification.
Companies subjects to income tax
- The DGFiP announced a postponement of the deadline to June 30, 2020 for filing specified tax returns (BNC, BIC), including for the returns of civil real estate companies not subject to corporate tax. Self-employed workers
- For self-employed workers, Bercy points out that it is possible to modulate the rate and the advance levies at source at any time.
- It is also possible to defer the payment of withholding tax instalments on business income from one month to the next up to three times if the instalments are monthly, or from one quarter to the next if the instalments are quarterly.
- All these steps are accessible via the private area on impots.gouv.fr, heading " Gérer mes prélèvements à la source", it being specified that any intervention before the 22nd of the month will be taken into account for the following month. Individuals
- The French Tax Administration (FTA) grants an additional period for filing tax returns:
- Thus, the online reporting service will be open from Monday 20 April until the following deadlines established by department : Departments 01 to 19 and French nonresident taxpayers: Thursday 4 June 2020 at 11.59 pm; Departments 20 to 54: Monday 8 June 2020 at 11.59 pm; Departments 55 to 976: Thursday 11 June 2020 at 11.59 pm
- For paper declarations (exceptional case): receipt of paper declarations (only for taxpayers who declared paper in 2019) from 20 April 2020 until mid-May (depending on postal service)
- The deadline is Friday, June 12 at 11:59 pm.
- The second amended 2020 Bill of Finance adopted on April 23rd, 2020 (to be published in the Official Journal), provides for various income tax measures:
- For the year 2020, the ceiling for exemption from overtime of 5,000 euros is increased to 7,500 euros. Overtime worked outside the period between March 16th, 2020 and the end of the State of health emergency (to date, set for May 24th, 2020) is kept within the limit of the ceiling of 5,000 euros. No conditions related to the sector of activity or the nature of the work performed during these overtime hours are formulated. This measure is therefore general and not limited to sectors directly affected by the COVID 19 epidemic;
- The exceptional premium that may be paid by public organizations to agents particularly mobilized during the State of health emergency to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic will be exempt from income tax, social contributions and charges as well as taxes and contributions based on wages.
- The ceiling for expenses eligible for a reduction of income tax of 75% of their amount is fixed, for the year 2020, at 1,000 euros per tax household instead of the 552 euros initially planned. As a reminder, this tax reduction is applicable to donations made to non-profit organizations helping people in difficulty (provision of meals and care, housing assistance). Business added value contribution (CVAE)
- The deadline for filing the CVAE statement (1329-DEF), as well as the payment of the CVAE 2019 balance, is postponed until June 30th.
- On the other hand, for companies with credit, that is to say those whose balance statement shows a refund of the credit, the deadline for filing the statement 1329-DEF is fixed for May 5th.
- No deferral of declaration is planned at this stage regarding the CVAE. Companies required to fill the 1330-CVAE print remain required to do so by May 4 at the latest
Company real estate tax (CET) & Property tax For taxpayers who have opted for a monthly contract for the payment of the Company Real Estate Contribution or Property Tax, payments can be suspended via the tax authorities website or via the Levy Centre. If this option is used, the remaining amount will be deducted from the balance, without penalty Tax Credit for Lessors Subject to the approval of the finance law for 2021, a tax credit for donors for companies with less than 250 employees closed administratively or identified in the tourism plan. Any lessor who, over the three months of October, November, and December 2020, agrees to waive at least to one month's rent out of the three months due, could benefit from a tax credit of 30% of the amount of abandoned rents. Direct Tax Measures
- Companies can ask the tax authorities to defer without penalty the payment of their next direct tax installments (advance payment of corporation tax, payroll tax, CFE, CVAE).
- The form should be sent to the tax office to which the company belongs.
- The deferral shall be granted on request, without justification, for a period of three months. At the end of the three months, the sums must be paid (unless the scheme is extended).
- With regard to the largest companies or groups (more than 5,000 employees or € 1.5 billion in turnover), the deferral is granted subject to the commitment, in the request, not to pay dividends, nor to repurchase shares between March 27 and December 31, 2020.
- The possibility of postponement has been extended to April. Nothing is planned yet for May and beyond.
Government Employee Wages Benefits Programs
- Allows professionals to estimate a theoretical amount of the compensation to which they can claim, and to request a deposit on the basis of the estimate made. This system aims to provide the means to cover expenses throughout the period and thus facilitate the gradual resumption of activity under the best conditions. Beneficiaries include: Doctors (generalists and specialists), Dental surgeons, Midwives, Nurses, Masseurs-physiotherapists, Speech therapists, Orthoptists, and Pharmacists.
- See member firm articles for further guidance related to HR and Payroll: Mazars, Talenz Axe Conseils
Partial Activity System A simplified and reinforced use of the partial activity system open to companies in situation of cyclical economic difficulties. This system, also called partial unemployment, enables companies to receive aid which finances the loss of income caused by the reduction in the working time of the employees concerned. Request form: https://activitepartielle.emploi.gouv.fr/aparts/. Companies have 30 days from the date of cessation of activity to request partial activity; compensation is retroactive The Government has also decided to reinforce compensation paid to employees in a situation of partial activity: the Minister of Labor announced on March 13 that partial unemployment, normally compensated by the State up to the minimum wage, will be fully supported (100%) by the State, up to 4.5 times the minimum wage, as part of the COVID-19 epidemic. Common Law The common law partial activity regime applies under the following conditions:
- The partial activity allowance is set at 70% of the gross hourly reference remuneration, in the limit of 4.5 minimum wage with an equal minimum of the net minimum wage, i.e. € 8.03 per hour
- The partial activity allowance (State reimbursement) is set at 60% of the remuneration gross reference schedule, within the limit of 4.5 minimum wage with a minimum of 7.23 €
- Strengthening the role of the CSE in companies with 50 employees is more: in addition to the consultation prior to recourse to the partial activity, the CSE must be kept informed at the end of each authorization of the conditions under which the partial activity was implemented
Most Affected Companies Regime applicable to the most affected companies These are companies that fall under:
- "Protected" sectors (tourism, hotel industry, catering, sport, culture, air transport, event),
- So-called "related" sectors, whose activity is related to the above sectors, subject to to have lost at least 80% of their turnover during the period between March 15 – 15 May 2020 compared to the same period of 2019, or compared to the average monthly turnover for the year 2019 reduced to two months
- Other business sectors that welcome the public and whose activity is interrupted, partially or totally, in application of a legal or regulatory obligation or of a administrative decision.
They benefit from the partial activity under the following conditions:
- The partial activity allowance is set at 70% of the gross hourly reference remuneration in the limit of 4.5 minimum wage with an equal minimum of the net minimum wage, i.e. € 8.03 per hour
- The partial activity allowance (State reimbursement) is set at 70% of the remuneration gross reference schedule within the limit of 4.5 minimum wage with a minimum of 8.03 €
Long-term partial activity scheme (APLD) This device is only accessible by company agreement validated by the administration or by a document approved, established by the employer on the basis of an extended industry agreement. The purpose of this device is to cover longer periods of partial activity and therefore target companies experiencing difficulties sustainable.
- The partial activity allowance (paid by the employer) is set at 70% of the hourly remuneration gross reference within the limit of 4.5 minimum wage with an equal minimum of the net minimum wage, i.e. € 8.03 per hour ;
- Each employee must continue to work at least 60% of his usual working time on the duration of application of the device. The activity rate may vary, since over the entire period of application of the device it is 60%;
- The partial activity allowance (paid to the employer) is equal to 60% of the hourly remuneration gross serving as the basis of the paid vacation allowance, up to 4.5 times the minimum wage
- The device is for a period of 6 months renewable within the limit of a total of 24 months, consecutive or not, over a period of 36 months,
There are also special provisions within partial activity system related to childcare and vulnerable persons. Support by the state of part of the paid leave for companies closed Under paid leave, the State establishes one-off, non-renewable economic assistance for highly impacted sectors. The state undertakes this to cover part of the paid leave for the most heavily impacted companies by the health crisis. To be able to benefit from this assistance, companies will have to meet one or the other criteria of eligibility
- The activity was partially or totally interrupted for a total period of at least 140 days since January 1, 2020
- The activity was reduced by more than 90% (decrease in turnover) during the periods in 2020 where the state of health emergency was declared (March 24, 2020 to July 10, 2020, reactivated since 17 October 2020). This assistance is limited to 10 days of paid vacation. It will be paid in January 2021 on the basis of days imposed for the year 2019-2020 and days taken in anticipation with the employee's agreement for the year 2020-2021. Paid leave must necessarily be taken between January 1 and 20, 2021, during a period of partial activity corresponding to the prolonged closure of the establishment over this period. For the payment of this aid, the Government will use the payment channels of the partial activity via the Service and Payment Agency (ASP). The state will reimburse the company for all of what it pays to its employees, i.e. 70% of gross (or 84% of net), and the employer will supplement so that the employee receives all of his remuneration.
FNE Training Subsidy As of November 1, the FNE-formation covers 70% of the educational costs. For the employees placed in partial long-term activity; the coverage rate is 80% with a maximum average of 6,000 euros per employee and per year.
Solitary fund for small enterprises
- A created a solidarity fund for the smallest businesses affected by the economic consequences of the current epidemic support was implemented by Decree 2020-371 of 30 March 2020. Decree 2020-433 of 16 April 2020 makes further changes.
- Eligibility to the solidarity fund - This aid is intended for natural and legal persons carrying out an economic activity before 1 February 2020, irrespective of their status or tax regime (small enterprises, the self-employed, the liberal professions, micro-entrepreneurs, etc.), subject to compliance with the following conditions : Have a workforce of 10 employees or less ; Have a turnover of less than € 1 million for the last fiscal year; Have a taxable profit plus any sums paid to the director of less than €60,000 for the last fiscal year ended;
- The natural persons who are beneficiaries or, in the case of majority managers of legal entities, must not be holders, on 1 March 2020, of a full-time employment contract or an old-age pension and must not have benefited, during the period between 1 March 2020 and 31 March 2020, from daily social security benefits in excess of €800.
- Details: When a company owns related companies, eligibility for the scheme is assessed by aggregating the data of these related companies with the data of the company applying for the aid.
- Details have been provided by the Ministry of Action and Public Accounts, particularly in the definition of taxable profit.
- For legal persons subject to corporate tax, the concept of taxable profit means taxable profit before corporate tax (appearing on the declaration 2065) increased by the sums paid to the directors, including social charges if they have been deducted from the taxable profit (TNS or equivalent employee).
- The solidarity fund was increased for the month of March and will be renewed for the month of April.
- It was clarified on April 15 that farmers who are members of a joint farming group (GAEC), artist-authors, companies in receivership and in safeguard proceedings can also benefit from the solidarity fund. Conditions for beneficiating the solidarity fund
- Financial assistance for loss of turnover up to €1,500 will be granted to eligible persons in one of the following two situations:
- Have been banned from receiving the public by decision of the administration between 1 March 2020 and 31 March 2020 (accommodation, catering, cultural and sporting activities, events, fairs and exhibitions, etc.) ;
- Have suffered a monthly decline in turnover of at least 70% during the period of March 2020, compared to March N-1. The rate is 50% as of April 2th 2020.
- For companies created after March 2019, the decrease in turnover in March 2020 should be assessed in relation to the average monthly turnover
- For entrepreneurs and companies employing at least one employee (fixed-term or open-ended contracts as of March 1st, 2020), an additional aid of 2,000 euros (which may soon be increased to 5,000 euros) may be obtained if they are unable to settle their debts due within thirty days and if their request for a cash loan of a reasonable amount made since March 1st, 2020 to their bank has been refused or has remained without a response within ten days. How to benefit from the solidarity fund
- The request for compensation of 1,500 euros for the month of March must be made no latter that April 30, 2020.
- After logging in to the special area, the request can be made via the secure messaging system, by selecting the reason "I am requesting help for companies weakened by the COVID 19 epidemic".
- The request for aid for the month of April is made electronically, by 31 May 2020 at the latest, via a declaration on the impots.gouv.fr website.
- The second amended 2020 Bill of Finance adopted on April 23rd, 2020 (to be published in the Official Journal provides for exemption from corporate tax, income tax and all social contributions from this aid.
Solidarity Fund Update The solidarity fund is extended until December 31, 2020 (Decree n ° 2020-1328 of November 2, 2020) The purpose of this device is to pay financial aid to a company that carries out an activity economy particularly affected by the consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic. It is instituted until November 30, 2020. The fund is now open:
- companies with less than 50 employees,
- without condition of turnover or profit;
- To companies that started their activity before August 31;
- Companies controlled by a holding company are eligible provided that the cumulative workforce of the or subsidiaries and the holding company is less than or equal to 50 employees.
- Compensation possible up to 10,000 euros per month
Solidarity Fund Update – December The form for the solidarity fund for the month of November has been available since 4 December in the special area on impots.gouv.fr and the request must be filed no later than the 31st January 2021. For administratively closed companies For the month of December, the solidarity fund will be open regardless of the size of the companies closed. They will benefit from a right of option between: assistance corresponding to the amount of lost turnover, up to a limit of € 10,000
- or compensation of 20% of monthly turnover up to a limit of € 200,000 per month.
This aid will be allocated to each company on the basis of the declaration of its SIREN number. The reference turnover used for calculating the aid may be the turnover for December 2019 or the average monthly turnover observed in 2019. As long as these businesses are closed, the solidarity fund will be maintained. For all companies in the tourism, events, culture and sport sector (sector S1) For the month of December, companies in the tourism, events, culture, sport (S1) sectors which do not close but experience a turnover loss of at least 50%, will have access to the fund of solidarity without size criteria. They will benefit from:
- assistance corresponding to the amount of lost turnover, up to a limit of € 10,000
- or compensation of 15% of their monthly turnover. For companies that lose more than 70% of their turnover, the compensation will reach 20% of monthly turnover within the limit of € 200,000 per month. This aid will be allocated to each company on the basis of the declaration of its SIREN number. For suppliers of companies in the tourism sector and related sectors (sector S1 bis) For the month of December, companies in related sectors (S1bis) with less than 50 employees who register losses of at least 50% of turnover will be eligible for aid of up to 10,000 € within the limit of 80% of the loss of turnover. This concerns in particular the activities of wholesale, laundry, etc. who are indirectly affected by the crisis.
- For companies that started their activity before December 31, 2019, they must also justify either having suffered a loss of turnover of at least 80% during the 1st confinement, or having suffered a loss of turnover of at least 80% in November 2020 compared to November 2019
- For companies starting their activity after January 1, 2020, they must also justify having suffered a loss of turnover of at least 80% during the period between the 1st November 2020 and November 30, 2020 compared to the turnover achieved between the creation date of the company and November 30, 2020 reduced to 1 month.
For all other companies with less than 50 employees For all companies with less than 50 employees who do not belong to the following sectors to be mentioned above and which justify a loss of 50% of their turnover: the solidarity will be extended for the month of December. These companies will continue to receive support up to € 1,500. The form to benefit from the assistance for loss of turnover for the month of December will be available at the beginning of January on the site: imposts.gouv.fr on their particular space (and not on their professional space usual) where they will find in their secure messaging under "Write" the reason for contact "I ask aid to companies weakened by the Covid-19 epidemic ". URSSAF Financial Assistance (AFE COVID) for the Independent If you meet the cumulative eligibility conditions, then you may be eligible for a exceptional Covid financial assistance in the amount of:
- 1000 € if you are a craftsman, trader or liberal profession
- 500 € if you are a self-employed person
USSRAF Employer Contribution Following the deterioration of the health situation and the measures taken by the public authorities to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, employers can postpone all or part of the payment of Urssaf contributions due by the November 5 deadline (employers with 50 or more employees paying salaries end of the month) or November 15 (all other employers). This deferral of payment also applies for supplementary pension contributions. Please note that companies that can do so must refrain from making such request in order to continue to participate in the financing of national solidarity (details 31/10/2020). Independent URSSAF Contributions Personal social contributions for self-employed workers will not be deducted in November (the quarterly deadline of November 5 and the monthly deadlines of November 5 and 20 are suspended). The automatic debit of the November installments will not be carried out, without the independent workers having steps to take. Those who pay by other means may adjust the amount of their payment. No penalty or late payment will be applied. The modalities of regularization of these deadlines will be specified later. However, self-employed workers who can do so are invited to pay their contributions accordingly. In accordance with procedures which will be communicated to them by their Urssaf. They can adjust their schedule by re-estimating their 2020 income which is used as the basis for the calculation of provisional contributions. Self-employed workers benefiting from a payment period on previous debts can also ask to postpone the deadlines. In addition to these measures, self-employed workers can request the intervention of the action social security council of the Social Protection of Self-Employed Workers (CPSTI) for the partial or total of their contributions or for the allocation of exceptional financial assistance. December 5th update sonal social security contributions for self-employed workers will not be deducted in December (the automatic debit of the monthly installments of December 5 and 20 will not be carried out). Any penalty or late payment will not be applied. However, self-employed workers who can do so are invited to pay their contributions accordingly. spontaneous, in accordance with procedures communicated to them by their Urssaf. The workers self-employed persons benefiting from a payment period may also request to postpone the deadlines
Government Loan and Support Programs
- In the event of proven difficulty, the State (through Bpifrance) can guarantee up to 90% of the cash loans that companies (SMEs and mid-caps) may need. The President of the Republic announced a state guarantee for bank loans granted to companies up to 300 billion euros.
- A toll-free number (0 969 370 240) has been operational since March 10 to refer companies to Bpifrance regional offices for issues related to their treasury.
- Companies can request the support of the State and the Banque de France (credit mediation) in their requests for rescheduling of loans and moratoriums with their banking establishments for the next 6 months. - Contact form for the Credit Mediator: https://mediateur-credit.banque-france.fr/contactez-nous_mediation_credit
- The Minister of Economy and Finance also announced the creation of a solidarity fund of 1 billion euros minimum "for micro-entrepreneurs, for small businesses, for the self-employed, who have less than one million turnover "and who" lost, between March 2019 and March 2020, 70% of their turnover ".
- For VSEs and SMEs, invoices (water, gas, rents, electricity) may be temporarily suspended (consultations are carried out by the State with major donors and large supplier companies).
- Business Mediator (https://www.economie.gouv.fr/mediateur-des-entreprises ) for businesses that face a conflict in their business relationships with customers and / or suppliers. Business Ombudsman contact form: https://www.economie.gouv.fr/mediateur-des-entreprises/contactez-mediateur-des-entreprises
- For certain sectors (construction, chemicals), an acceleration of the approval procedures for new sources of supply, in order to support the sectors while respecting social, environmental and European standards.
- The Government has devoted a maximum of 80 million euros to “Frontier Venture” fund to help startups by investing a maximum of 5 million euros or 50% of the equity investment pool.
Government Guaranteed Loans (PGEs) The PGE device concerns:
- one-year cash loans,
- which can cover up to three months of turnover excluding tax,
- granted between March 16, 2020 and June 30, 2021,
- without any other guarantee or security requested from the borrower (except for large companies:> 5,000 employees or turnover> 1.5 billion euros). The loan must have all of the following characteristics:
- a minimum grace period of twelve months (repayment begins after a year);
- the option for borrowers, at the end of the first year, to amortize over an additional period one, two, three, four, or five years (after the first year of repayment, possibility of spreading repayment up to an additional five years).
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