the challenge of withholding

By Anne Rodier and Margherita Nasi

If big companies are rather serene, this turnaround, which takes place in January, is not necessarily expected. Especially because a number of issues – such as the confidentiality of income – continue to exist.

Voted at the end of the five-year Hollande period for entry into 1st January 2018, postponed to 1st In January 2019 the withholding tax was threatened in the autumn of 2018 with the suspension and the company finally came into the company at the beginning of the year. Only employees of private employers have been granted a grace period until 2020. How companies in a tense social context guarantee the launch, those who did not want to play "The role of tax collector"as stated in September 2018 the President of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux?

In the Mollard brewery, a Parisian establishment near the Saint-Lazare train station, it took "Go fishing for info", set up the payroll software, talk to the unions, reassure, especially, the employees … Ultimately, the switch was made without loss or crash. The fifty people who worked in the restaurant received their income tax bonuses on 5 January. "Nobody came to see me for claims", congratulates the boss, Stéphane Malchow.

An encouragement for Bercy, who welcomed a positive review from January 5: "The launch went smoothly and technically (…). Since January 2, 290,500 users have been received by tax counters and the free number has fallen », said a statement from the Directorate of Public Finances (DGFiP).

A balanced balance for temporary employees

In fact, HR managers in large companies are fairly quiet, even if they expect some tension in the fall. "The big companies are well prepared, but they are a bit worried about the tariff update that will be applied in September from the April tax returns. [sur les revenus 2018] "says Frédéric Guzy, General Manager of Entreprise & Personnel, a network of about one hundred large and very large companies.

"In small structures, leaders do not have the time nor the culture to discuss these themes"

Not all SMEs have anticipated, such as the Brasserie Mollard, which introduced simulations in the autumn of 2018 to give employees an idea of ​​the amounts that would appear on their payroll. "In small companies, where there is no HR department, it will become complicated, says Anthony Contat, HR time-share between an SME with 35 employees and an associative structure of 350 employees. They waited too long, there was no prefiguration phase and the payroll was outsourced to the accountant. I had the first questions this week: employees wonder how their pay slips will look like on January 31st. It is the accountants of these companies that will be on the front line. In small structures, leaders have neither the time nor the culture to discuss these themes. "