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Income tax: annual return

Verified 08 avril 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You must report your income to the tax department every year if you live in France. In 2021, Internet reporting is mandatory if your home is connected to the Internet. Otherwise, you can use a form. You get an extra delay if you file your return online. If your situation has not changed in 2020, you may be exempted from filing this return, it will be automatically filed by the Taxes.

AutoDeclaration

You can have an automatic return in 2021 if you meet the following 2 conditions:

  • You were taxed only on pre-tax income in 2020
  • You did not report any change in the situation in 2020

However, you are concerned if you reported in 2020 a birth, adoption or collection of a minor child.

You receive a notice in the spring indicating the income that was withheld by the taxes.

You must verify any information provided by the tax services.

The automatic declaration allows you to check information about:

  • Family situation
  • Income (wages, pensions, income from movable capital)
  • Home employment expenses paid through the Cesu or Pajemployment

  FYI : you can

Online AutoDeclaration

Go to your specific space on Imts.gouv.fr, then click on "Check my return data".

Taxes: access your Home

Ministry of Finance

You can also view your automatic return on the Impots.gouv mobile app.

The information is correct

You have nothing to do.

Your situation has changed

You must complete an online return and edit the items.

Automatic declaration on paper form

The information is correct

You have nothing to do.

Your situation has changed

You must complete or edit the relevant items.

Return the completed or modified paper return.

Online Declaration

You must report your income to the tax department if you live in France or if your tax residence is in France.

  Warning : if you live in the foreigner but your assets come from France, you must also report your income.

You must report this even if you have received little or no income.

This may allow you to:

  • obtain a non-taxation notice, which is necessary to qualify for certain aid (e.g. housing aid)
  • or claim the refund of any tax credits you may claim.

  FYI : for example, you can get a child care tax credit refund, whether it is home or outside.

You must not only one declaration revenue by tax centre. The income and expenses of all members of your tax household are therefore taken into account to establish a single tax on your name.

  Please note : if you live in an area where no mobile service is available, you are exempt from the remote reporting and must complete the paper return.

Internet reporting is mandatory if your main residence is equipped with internet access and you are able to make your declaration online.

2021 Online 2020 Income Statement

Ministry of Finance

Before validating your pre-completed return online, you must verify the information provided and, if necessary, correct and complete it. Keep supporting documents for 3 years if requested by the administration.

The deadline for filing your return depends on the area where you reside.

Deadline to file your tax return online

Department

Reporting deadline

1 to 19

Wednesday 26 May 2021 at 23:59

20 to 54 (including 2A and 2B)

Tuesday 1to June 2021 at 11:59 PM

55 to 974/976

Tuesday 8 June 2021 at 11.59pm

Non-residents

Wednesday 26 May 2021 at 23:59

2021 Online 2020 Income Statement

Ministry of Finance

  FYI : you can correct some of your reporting after it has been forwarded to the tax authority.

On paper

In 2021, you can report your income on paper if you are in one of the following situations:

  • Your main residence is not equipped with internet access
  • It is equipped with internet access, but you are not able to make your declaration online

You will use the pre-completed paper return received between April and June 2021. Depending on your situation, this is the return No 2042 or 2042 C. Declaration #2042 RICI groups major tax credits and reductions.

If you do not receive a print (1st declarationchange of address, change in family situation), you can report online or download the necessary declarations from early May on service-public.fr or www.impots.gouv.fr.

Certain income is to be reported on a separate return. You can also download them online. The main annexed declarations are:

Before signing your return, you must verify the information provided and, if necessary, correct and complete it.

You do not have to attach supporting documents to your paper return unless they are documents prepared by you (such as a detailed list of your actual expenses). However, keep the documents for 3 years if requested by the administration.

For the year 2021, the tax return must be filed before Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., including for French residents on the foreigner.

  FYI : you can correct some of your reporting after it has been forwarded to the tax authority.