Tax return: when to file your tax return online and on paper?


Tax return: when to file your tax return online and on paper?

TAX DECLARATION. The income tax reporting schedule is finally known. Please note that this year, the declaration must be made online, except for certain cases where it is still possible to complete a paper form. Here's what you need to know.

[Updated March 20, 2023 at 3:22 p.m.] The official dates for the 2023 declaration campaign have been revealed, and you will be able to declare your income online from the beginning of April 2023. If you do not have an Internet connection at home, you can still complete your declaration in paper format, but beware, the deadline for completing it is set earlier than for online declarations. What is the reporting deadline in your department? How do you file your taxes for the first time? Where can I find the paper form? How to change your tax return? We tell you everything.

To avoid taking any risks, take care to fill it in correctly and check each information pre-filled by the tax authorities. Some mistakes can cost you dearly. Here's the full schedule, with deadlines for completing your return and returning it to the IRS, department by department.

Deadlines must not be exceeded under penalty of financial penalty.

To complete your tax return in paper format, the tax authorities provide you with the basic Form 2042 to declare your income online on the website in PDF format. You will also find on the site all the additional forms for declaring certain additional income. This document will be available from April 6 until April 25, 2023.

From the age of 18, if you are not or no longer attached to your parents' tax household, you must complete a tax return under certain conditions. You can declare your income on the website if you have received a letter from the tax authorities with the information necessary for the online declaration. In this case, you must create your particular space online with the tax number and the access number provided. Click on "your private space" to create your account and let yourself be guided. You must choose a password and enter a reference tax income equal to "0".

For 10 years now, the tax authorities have been responsible for pre-filling your tax return using the information at their disposal such as the amount of your salary, your retirement pension or your unemployment benefits. Proof of its democratization, in 2021, more than 11 million taxpayers had benefited from it. But then, how do you know if you can benefit from this automatic tax declaration? It is offered to tax households that were taxed last year only on income pre-filled by the administration. If you made an online declaration in 2022, an email should be sent to you with the possibility of checking all your information from your private space. On the contrary, if you declared your income in paper version last year, a letter will be sent to you with the new tax declaration and all the necessary documents presenting you with this new automatic declaration system.

Attention, despite the practical and extremely up-to-date nature of this service, we advise you to check all the information that the tax authorities have sent you. In the best case, everything is correct, you don't have to do anything more, your tax return will be automatically validated, that's the principle. However, it may happen that small typos slip into your declaration, or that certain information must be modified. We naturally think of a tax credit, the declaration of actual expenses or professional expenses such as mileage. If a change is required, you will need to complete and sign your tax return as usual. As a reminder, don't wait any longer to complete your tax return if you plan to opt for the paper return!

You must declare your income to the tax department each year if you live in France. In 2023, online reporting is mandatory if your home is connected to the internet. Otherwise, you can use a form. You benefit from additional time if you file your declaration online. If your situation has not changed in 2022, you may be exempted from making this declaration, it will be made automatically by the taxes.

In 2023, you can declare your income on paper form if you are in one of the following situations:

Before signing your declaration, you must check the information provided and, if necessary, correct and complete it. You must attach supporting documents to your paper declaration only if they are documents drawn up by you. We advise you to keep the supporting documents for 3 years in case of request from the administration.

First of all, don't rush. Remember to double check all the information on your tax return before sending it to the tax authorities! Before your assigned deadline, no problem! You can correct your declaration as many times as you wish. Afterwards, things get complicated. However, the rectification of your online tax return after the filing deadline will automatically result in the publication of a new tax notice which will be sent to you after the usual deadlines. You can also correct your declaration online, after receipt at the end of July of your tax notice following the declaration filed and signed before the filing deadline. This possibility of online correction is available in your Espace Particulier on from the beginning of August. The correction should also be available from August 2023 for the next tax declaration. This online correction service is also offered to users who have benefited from automatic reporting.

For a tax return in paper format, you can inform your public finance center (personal tax department), either by mail mentioning only the elements for which you request the correction, or by filing a new tax return on paper. Do not forget to indicate on the first page "CORRECTIVE, CANCELED AND REPLACED DECLARATION" and to re-enter all the elements that you must declare, including those of the first declaration which were correct.