PREMIUM INFLATION. It is now possible to claim and get back the inflation bonus. Who to contact? What payment date? We tell you everything.
[Mis à jour le 15 avril 2022 à 07h21] To protect the purchasing power of the French, Emmanuel Macron set up one inflation bonus the amount of 100 euros in winter 2021. The only condition to benefit is a salary of less than €2,000 net per month. In total, 38 million people were entitled. Problem, the well-oiled machine has seen a few setbacks with certain flaws over the months. After unexpected double payments and an imbroglio between two paying agents (employment exchange and the Coffee), 1.3 million of beneficiaries have still not received their inflation bonus. Civil servants, car entrepreneurs, pensioners… How to claim the inflation bonus for all these “forgotten”? After several weeks of deliberation, the executive announced the release of a government platform dedicated to claiming the inflation bonus. A refund is now possible less than 10 days. Here is how to do it:
First you need to connect to the Mesdroitssociaux.gouv.fr portal. Once you arrive on the site, you will be offered a “Connect to make a request” button, click on it. Then bring the identifiers you will use for either Pôle Emploi, Health Insurance, MSA or the Post Office. It’s up to you, and they all work. The platform now offers you to fill out a short form with your personal data. Thanks to this, it can be determined in real time whether or not you have already received the compensation of 100 euros. If this is not the case, you will be asked to enter your bank details. Once this step is complete, you are done. You only have to wait around ten days after the complaint to benefit from the 100 euros in your bank account.
The inflation bonus payment has faced various issues since its inception in December 2021. Many potential beneficiaries have still not received them despite meeting all the criteria. In particular, employees of private employers who are on sick leave on October 31 or job seekers who have been dismissed by the Pôle Emploi and are subsequently cared for by the social security system.
Now there is a website dedicated to claiming the inflation bonus. The government has been working on this for well over a month and as of Monday 28th March 2022 this brand new platform has now sprung up. In order to file a complaint, you need to follow several steps. First, connect to the government site using, for example, your Pôle Emploi identifiers. You will then need to enter your RIB and the refund should be made within 10 days of the request.
The cost-of-living allowance is paid to people whose earned or replacement income is less than 2,000 euros net per month. It is granted to people who receive allowances and social benefits.
The list of the main categories of beneficiaries is as follows:
- Employees of private employers, including trainees and beneficiaries of a professionalization contract
- Recipients of early retirement
- author artist
- job seekers and trainees
- Recipients of disability pensions
- Retirees, including recipients of survivor’s pensions
- Scholarship recipients and housing benefit recipients
- Young people on a support path to work or community service or volunteering for integration
- Beneficiaries of social minima
The bonus of 100 euros is granted on an individual basis. In other words, household composition is not taken into account when determining eligibility for inflation compensation. A married couple can receive up to 200 euros, i.e. 100 euros each or only 100 euros if only one of the spouses meets the income requirements (see below). A total of 38 million French will benefit from the €100 inflation cheque.
But who is affected? To determine eligibility for inflation support, the government has set a cap: you are concerned French people who earn less than 2,000 euros net per month – before application of withholding tax – regardless of their status and occupation. The manager chose the month of October 2021 to determine the reference salary. Would you like to find out more about the €100 bonus? Linternaute.com answers all your questions. Consult now our special file:
To be eligible you must win less than 2,000 euros net per month, i.e. 2,600 euros gross for the month from October 2021, whether you are a civil servant, employee, self-employed or pensioner. Note: This upper limit of EUR 2,000 net corresponds to your salary before deduction of withholding tax. Therefore, only the line “payable net before income tax”, above “to be paid net”. It should be remembered that the status of residents of France is also a mandatory criterion.
Attention: In the case of a short-time work relationship (without temporary work), the 100-euro bonus is not automatically paid out “if the cumulative working time with the same employer is less than 20 hours”, the government warns in its hurry file. “The beneficiary will be deemed to have expressly reported to one of their employers, preferably the one with whom they are still employed or, failing that, the one for whom they worked the most hours during the month of October.” What about other situations ? Linternaute.com summarizes them for you:
In October 2021 you will receive the minimum age (ASPA) or the total amount of your pensions (general pension, supplementary pension, survivor’s pension, etc.) under 2,000 euros net amount of the basic and supplementary old-age pension (e.g. AGIRC-ARRCO), including survivor’s pensions [du mois d’octobre 2021]”, it says.
For the independents
You must have been active in October 2021 and have declared an activity income of less than 2,000 euros net per month to Urssaf or the MSA “for the year 2020”, it says. “The retained net income is the one calculated in the annual income statement,” it recalls. “If the activity is created in the period January to October 2021, this condition is considered fulfilled.”
Your turnover must be at least 900 euros between January 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021. “This amount must also correspond to an average income of 2,000 euros net per month over the period, which, taking into account the application, corresponds to tax deductions according to the type of activity with an average monthly turnover of: 4,000 euros for craftsmen; €6,897 for tradespeople; €3,030 for the liberal professions”, we add in the press kit.
For job seekers
You must not be gainfully employed and your allowance must be less than EUR 2,000 net.