More than 500,000 companies asked to benefit from a deferral of payroll taxes in March, said Minister of Public Accounts Gérald Darmanin on Monday. He appealed for donations to support companies struggling due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
In total “507,000 companies with less than 50 employees asked that their payment deadline for social contributions which fell on March 15 be extended, which is equivalent to 3.8 billion euros in contributions that have not been deducted of the 9 billion euros then called, "said the minister in an interview with Le Figaro.
Regarding requests from companies with more than 50 employees, the government will be fixed on April 5, said the Minister of Public Accounts. As for the self-employed, they "automatically" obtained the deferral of their contributions, "for an amount of 250 million euros".
Most affected departments: requests for tax deferrals
The government also received on March 26 “39,039 requests” for tax deferrals “which obtained 84% of positive responses, for a total amount of 2 billion euros”, according to the minister. These requests come from companies located in the territories "which were the first, and are today the most affected by the crisis", namely Grand Est, Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France and Corsica.
The deferral of tax and social charges, as well as the strengthening of the partial unemployment scheme, is part of the arsenal of measures deployed by the government to help businesses overcome the coronavirus crisis.
A donation platform soon online
The executive has also planned to create a solidarity fund, dedicated to very small businesses and the self-employed, in order to be able to pay emergency aid of 1,500 euros to those whose turnover is plummeting.
In this context, Gérald Darmanin launched a "call for national solidarity": individuals and companies who wish to help "will be able to do so soon, via a donation platform that we are going to put online," he said. .