Undeclared Income by Workers and Households in France

According to a survey conducted in France, one in three people in the country stated that they earned income in 2013 that was not taxed. In 2008, the figure was 13 percent.

Half of all people earning money as a babysitter did not declare their earnings in 2013. Half of teaching assistants also did not declare their earnings.

42 percent of domestic cleaners were paid under the table.

Of the over 1,000 people surveyed, 20 percent stated that they would pay in cash for services received.

The government agency that is responsible for collecting social security payments in France stated that the revenue coming in dropped by 8 percent in 2013. However, the number of people receiving benefits only dropped by 1 to 2 percent. Thus, experts believe that households in France are declaring less hours worked by babysitters and cleaners and are instead paying more in cash.

(Earnings and income from illegal jobs.)

Source:  Anne Penketh, “Vive la black market! One in three French people say they have earned undeclared income this year,” Independent, December 8, 2013.