When do I have to pay the tax adjustments?

The arrears need to be paid once the official demand has been received.

Considering the various stages of the tax audit, several months may separate the beginning of the tax audit and the reception of the fiscal notice. Moreover, if the taxpayer takes litigation recourse, he can claim a delay of payment which is legally granted if some guarantees are given to the tax authority (e.g. mortgage guarantee, pledge of shares, bank guarantee…).

The payment delay suspends the tax liability and prohibits the recovering actions from the tax authority. This deferral is maintained until the court decision. Consequently, tax litigation may run over several years without “effective” payment from the taxpayer regarding his tax adjustements.

This delay allows the taxpayer, who needs cash for his business, to save money and to book a provision for the tax arrears, or to negotiate and spread the payments to the tax authority.

This arrangement of payments by due dates allows the taxpayer to “ease” the tax burden and is part of the tax strategy.

If the taxpayer is successful at the bar, the sums already paid plus interest will be reimbursed by the tax authority.