“Tackling social fraud is as necessary as fighting tax evasion”

TRIBUNE – Limiting the scourge of social fraud should be a priority, as is already the repression of tax evasion, argues Frédéric Douet, professor of tax law at the University of Rouen-Normandy.

Frédéric Douet is the author of “The Anti-manual of fiscal psychology. Techniques for plucking taxpayers without making them shout too much” (Enrick B. Éditions, 2020).

The evaluation of the extent of social fraud arouses epidermal reactions. However, an estimate seems necessary. According to a report by the Court of Auditors of September 2020, health insurance schemes totaled 75.296 million beneficiaries as of December 31, 2018 (without duplicates between schemes) having or not having consumed care during the same year. This represents a difference of 8.2 million people compared to the population living in France on January 1, 2020.

Moreover, no one agrees on the number of supernumerary Vitale cards, that is to say on the number of valid Vitale cards greater than the number of insured persons. According to Social Security, this number stood at 609,000 at the end of 2019. At the same time, a mission report entrusted to LREM MP Carole Grandjean and UDI Senator Nathalie…

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