Covid: 37% of auto-entrepreneurs did not receive their help in December

Faced with the multiplication of controls exercised by Bercy, more than a third of self-employed persons did not receive assistance from the solidarity fund in December 2020.

A multiplication of controls at the origin of these delays

The delays are increasing in the payment of aid from the solidarity fund for auto-entrepreneurs. According to a study carried out by the National Federation of Self-Employed (FNAE) and published Thursday, February 11, 2021 by FranceInfo, 37% of auto-entrepreneurs have not yet received their aid for the month of December 2020 and worse still, 21% have not received that for the month of October 2020.

The Ministry of the Economy and Finance explains this wave of delay by the strengthening of the controls carried out on aid applications. The solidarity fund having been extended and extended to a greater number of companies, Bercy took the decision to verify the merits of the aid applications before paying the aid. A new process that involves checking the entire file before payment and which takes more time.

At the beginning of February 2021, the office of the Minister of Public Accounts, Olivier Dussopt estimated that 23,000 payments ” probably undue Had been identified through the extensive screening process. These undue payments represent a sum of 30 million euros. To avoid fraud, Bercy stopped the automatic payment favoring controls.

The DGFIP invites auto-entrepreneurs to take their troubles patiently

The Directorate General of Public Finances (DGFIP) considers that the number of compensation claims filed for the month of December 2020 reached 680,000 in February 2021. A strong number which, coupled with the new control procedures, explains, according to the institution, the delays in payment. Via its Facebook account, the DGFIP explains the situation: “ some requests for solidarity funds that were paid automatically in previous months may have seen the December request be rejected or put on hold (manual control): it is neither a bug or an anomaly but a strengthening of certain controls “.

The DGFIP understands the concerns of the auto-entrepreneurs but asks them to take their troubles patiently and especially not to send a new request explaining that ” The majority of duplicates generally lead to a lengthening of the processing of files rather than their release. “.

A situation and a change of procedure which do not suit the FNAE which considers that the DGFIP should ” make inquiries a posteriori, and pay the fund almost automatically to keep these companies alive, and not subject the payment of aid to the response to controls “.

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