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English translation: tax directors

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13:42 Sep 3, 2006
French to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - International Org/Dev/Coop
French term or phrase: les percepteurs
Les ateliers se sont tenus à des échelons différents au niveau collectivité locale et au niveau district. Y ont participé à chaque niveau : les représentants de l’Etat (gouverneurs, préfets, sous-préfets), les services extérieurs de l’Etat, notamment les percepteurs, les directeurs des agences régionales de développement, les responsables des collectivités locales que sont les présidents de conseil régional,

My dictionary gives les percepteurs as tax collectors which doesn't make much sense here...thanks
juliebarba
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:12
English translation:tax directors
Explanation:
Yes, in country districts in particular, the "percepteur" is a high(ish) ranking public official and has a certain amount of power in that he makes the ultimate (?) decision about how much tax relief you might get away with, how long you may have to pay arrears, etc.

The "percepteur" is the head of a local tax office. The local percepteur where I live also does (or oversees) the accounts of public bodies such as village councils, drainage boards, refuse collection bodies, etc. so has a finger in many pies and is probably therefore pretty much aware of what is going on in his area in terms of social and economic development.

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Note added at 19 hrs (2006-09-04 09:32:33 GMT)
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On the health/social front, the directors of local tax offices also have the power to not apply automatic penalities (10%) for late payment, etc., if they feel circumstances warrant.
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tax directors


Explanation:
Yes, in country districts in particular, the "percepteur" is a high(ish) ranking public official and has a certain amount of power in that he makes the ultimate (?) decision about how much tax relief you might get away with, how long you may have to pay arrears, etc.

The "percepteur" is the head of a local tax office. The local percepteur where I live also does (or oversees) the accounts of public bodies such as village councils, drainage boards, refuse collection bodies, etc. so has a finger in many pies and is probably therefore pretty much aware of what is going on in his area in terms of social and economic development.

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Note added at 19 hrs (2006-09-04 09:32:33 GMT)
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On the health/social front, the directors of local tax offices also have the power to not apply automatic penalities (10%) for late payment, etc., if they feel circumstances warrant.

xxxBourth
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