Scam or simple mistake? Since April 13, 2023, French taxpayers can file their tax return online for the year 2022. As every year, this period is particularly conducive to scams.

Indeed, many emails impersonating the Directorate General of Public Finances (DGFiP) are actively circulating at the moment. Fake refund scam, fraudulent text messages, phone calls… All means are good for fraudsters who want to empty the wallets of French people. For taxpayers, it is therefore difficult to tell the difference between a real message from the DGFiP or a scam, as these are sometimes well put together.

This Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 1.5 million of them received a strange email concerning taxes. This announced the opening of the online tax return service for the year 2021. A message that will undoubtedly have caught the ear of the most seasoned minds. Is this a scam?

As confirmed by the Directorate General of Public Finances on Twitter, this email is in fact only an error. “An email from the Directorate General of Public Finances announcing the opening of the 2021 online declaration service was sent by mistake today to 1.5 million users”, explains the organization.

The administration also apologized to the taxpayers concerned, while specifying that the email in question should not be taken into account. So, if you are one of the people who received it, you can already delete it from your mailbox without fear.