By midnight, it will be too late. At least for some. The inhabitants of departments 1 (Ain) to 19 (Corrèze) and the French abroad have until Thursday, May 25 midnight to complete their tax return online on the impots.gouv.fr website. The end of a six-week period since the opening of the service on Thursday, April 13. Procrastinators therefore have only a few hours left while those who live in departments 20 (Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud) to 54 (Meurthe-et-Moselle) will be able to do so until June 1st. The last, from department 55 (Meuse) to the Overseas, will have another week, until June 8. An immutable division since 2010.
For paper filers (those who do not have access to the Internet or who do not feel able to declare online), it is already too late since they had until Monday, May 22 at midnight (as evidenced by the postmark) to send their tax return.
In case of delay, it is better to have a good excuse
For latecomers, you still have access to the online platform until June 30. Beyond that, it will be necessary to go through the paper form. The tax due will be increased "only" by 10% if you finally complete your tax return in the absence of formal notice. But the note will increase to + 20% if you fulfill your obligations within thirty days of the formal notice and + 40% when the declaration has not been filed within thirty days of receipt of the missive. And if the tax authorities discover that you are engaged in a hidden activity, an 80% surcharge will be applied to you. All this without counting late payment interest, 0.20% of the tax due per month of delay or 2.4% per year.
However, you may be able to benefit from the leniency of the tax authorities by applying for a free rebate at the public finance centre to which you belong. Especially if you have been faced with exceptional circumstances (death of spouse, separation, disability, illness). But its processing is entirely at the discretion of the Directorate General of Public Finances (DGFiP), which will take into account "the applicant's tax history in terms of declaration and payment".
If you have any questions in the final stretch, the Order of Chartered Accountants continues its operation "Allo Impôt" and answers you from 9 am to 18 pm until Friday, May 26 at the toll-free number 0 8000 65432.