Self-employed people forced to abandon Word and Excel in 2018 for their financial management

by bold-lichterman

  • As of January 1, 2018, the 2016 finance law will oblige auto-entrepreneurs to acquire certified anti-fraud management software.
  • If the auto-entrepreneurs do not have certified anti-fraud software on January 1, 2018, they will be liable to a fine of 7,500 euros per non-certified system.

Auto-entrepreneurs will have one more constraint next year. As of January 1, 2018, the 2016 finance law will oblige auto-entrepreneurs to acquire certified anti-fraud management software. By establishing this obligation, the State intends to fight against fraudsters who conceal their payments received in cash thanks to fake software. As a result, auto-entrepreneurs will no longer have the right to use Word and Excel software for their financial management.

Since this measure is aimed at traders and other professionals subject to VAT, auto-entrepreneurs might initially have thought that they were not affected by this obligation. Although they are exempt from VAT, they are still forced to equip themselves with anti-fraud management software.

7,500 euros fine per non-certified system

Indeed, the tax administration specified that people benefiting from the basic franchise regime must also submit to this obligation. This category thus concerns auto-entrepreneurs whose turnover limit does not exceed 33,100 euros for a service and 82,800 euros for a commercial activity.

The pill is difficult to swallow for self-employed entrepreneurs, who are campaigning for a simplification of their financial management. In addition, if they do not have certified anti-fraud software on January 1, 2018, they will be liable to a fine of 7,500 euros per non-certified system, with a period of 60 days to regularize their situation. Only auto-entrepreneurs who keep their accounts on paper will be able to continue their manual management after January 1, 2018 if they did so previously. For the others, they have six months left to equip themselves with certified anti-fraud software and thus avoid the wrath of the tax authorities.