Platform workers severely under-declare their income, study finds

According to the High Council for the financing of social protection, hidden work represents a shortfall for Social Security and unemployment insurance of 5.2 to 6.6 billion euros per year.

Platform employees, in particular VTC drivers, under-report “Very strongly»Their incomes, even if it relates to modest sums, according to a study published Tuesday by the High Council of the financing of social protection. According to these results, which relate to 125,800 micro-entrepreneurs using platforms, the rate of social contributions evaded would be around 42% in 2020, or 82 million euros.

In the VTC sector, “nearly 90% of micro-entrepreneurs would have declared amounts lower than what the platforms recorded as turnover for those concerned, 30% would have declared nothing“, Indicates the High Council, which since 2017 provides an observatory function of hidden work. The share of under-declarants would amount to 73% in the delivery sector, 51% in trade, and 44% in specialized scientific and technical activities.

Concealed work with private employers

The High Council publishes another survey on hidden work among private employers. According to the survey carried out by Ipsos, a third of the individual employers questioned have already practiced underreporting and one in five employers have done so often or sometimes. Childcare (extracurricular …) and homework help are areas particularly affected by fraud, with under-declaration rates, by the employers questioned, close to 60%.

More generally, according to the High Council, concealed work would represent a shortfall for Social Security and unemployment insurance of 5.2 to 6.6 billion euros per year. This represents between 2.2 and 2.7% of the total amount of declared social contributions. To this is added the fraud to the agricultural scheme, assessed by the Mutualité sociale agricole (MSA) at 170 million euros.

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