Knowing how much tax my neighbor pays is possible and legal! Here's how

The law authorizes the consultation of part of the tax information of a third party, by following a simple procedure.

Knowing how much tax my neighbor pays is possible and legal! Here's how

The law authorizes the consultation of part of the tax information of a third party, by following a simple procedure.

Who hasn't looked at the neighbor's car, their latest purchase, or even been intrigued by their lifestyle? The neighborhood often arouses curiosity but restraint very often limits discussions of a personal nature. However, for the most curious, it is possible to learn a little more about the one who is installed next to you… thanks to taxes!

His neighbour, cousin, friend, his in-laws... The law authorizes any taxpayer to inquire about the amount paid by another person with the tax authorities. The procedure to follow is also quite simple. To do this, you must physically go to a tax center in the department to which you are attached. Impossible to go to the site of another department.

On site, you must then request access to certain information on a person's income tax. An identity document must be presented, as well as its tax notice and a written and signed request. No justification for consulting the document has to be given, but the agent must ensure that you are not inquiring to cause harm to the person and that these elements will be reused for commercial or professional purposes.

Once these prerequisites have been validated, the applicant receives, only orally, the following elements:

Do not think you can push the door of your tax office with the ambition to access the complete declaration of the taxpayer, this is prohibited. You will have to settle for the amount. But forget the idea of ​​spreading information: discretion is key. Disclosing these elements can be very expensive: the administrative fine incurred is equal to the amount of taxes disclosed while the criminal penalty provides for a fine of €4,500 and five years in prison. It is therefore better to think carefully before going to satisfy your curiosity.

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