How to avoid social charges / RSI scams

By Valérie Aston on 15 November 2013 · Viewed 4685 times · Questions

Beware of the numerous RSI scams! Given the resurgence of fake calls for social charges appels de cotisations from companies using RSI homonyms, Regime Social des Independents - the real RSI - calls for vigilance for all entrepreneurs. Here are a few key points to double check before paying any RSI bills.

  1. Is your social security number on the letter?  Calls for contributions from RSI systematically mention your social charges number. Double check that this number is mentioned on the document you received. Take an old RSI letter you have received in the past and compare the numbers.
  2. The bill should not mention any TVA. Social charges contributions are not liable to TVA. Most RSI scams are actually optional services, such as advertising or directories listing. Those types of contracts include TVA and may also include terms and conditions printed on the back of the letter.
  3. Auto-entrepreneurs should not receive RSI bills. Auto-entrepreneurs declare and pay their social charges on a monthly or quarterly basis. They should therefore not receive any appel de cotisation from RSI. If they do, this could either be a scam or a sign that their RSI account is not set up properly.

 If you are still unsure whether or not to pay the received bill, call RSI to double check that the letter does come from their services. Here is a link to find your nearest RSI office.

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About the author: Valérie Aston

I've been helping people who want to start or already have a small business set up in France since 2009. After graduating from a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, I worked as a senior marketing consultant in the UK and France for various International companies. I worked as a conseillère en création d'entreprises (senior business advisor) for BGE here in France and run this independent business on a daily basis.