Brittany: thousands of taxpayers forced to correct their tax return because of a computer bug

Brittany: thousands of taxpayers forced to correct their tax return because of a computer bug

More than 300,000 households are affected throughout the region. The amounts of benefits they received from Medicare were not taken into account.

Illustration of internet income tax return.  (JULIO PELAEZ / MAXPPP)

Thousands of Breton taxpayers have had to correct their tax return or are in the process of doing so because of a computer bug at the General Directorate of Public Finance (DGFIP). This dysfunction prevented the taking into account, in their tax sheet, of the amounts paid by health insurance, Franceinfo learned from the primary health insurance fund (CPAM) of Ille-et-Vilaine Friday 21 May, confirming information from the daily Ouest France.

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In Ille-et-Vilaine, 138,000 households are concerned, more than 300,000 for the whole of Brittany. In principle, each year, sickness insurance transmits to the tax authorities the amount of compensation received (for sick leave, maternity or paternity leave, or even invalidity pensions). Then, these payments are supposed to be automatically integrated into the declarations which are pre-filled. But this computer bug prevented this automatic transfer from taking place.

Insureds must correct the error

As soon as the Ile-et-Vilaine primary health insurance fund was informed of this incident, letters were sent to the insured parties concerned, from May 14. They must now correct the error on their tax return by adding the amounts collected.

To find the exact amount to declare, “You have to go to the account, find the tab ‘my procedures’ and download the tax statement indicating the amount to add to your tax sheet”, specifies the CPAM of Ille-et-Vilaine. The primary health insurance fund asserts that all affected policyholders have been made aware of this incident.