Taxes & Taxation

Wherever you go, whatever you do, one thing is certain: there will always be taxes to pay.

There's plenty of information available on taxes in France from various sources. We have reproduced on subsequent pages some of the simplified information gathered from: the Ministère de l'Économie des Finances et de l'Industrie on Local Taxes and the Television Licence.

If you require individual information on:Tax amounts;
Tax relief;
you can apply to your local tax office (centre des impôts).
For information on payment, check with your local tax collection office (trésorerie public).
In either case your local mairie will be able to give you the necessary addresses.

You can also complete your tax return on-line. Even if it's not painless, it is quite simple, as long as you have all your reference numbers, facts and figures to hand.

Click on the link for further official tax information and the on-line form:

All the site is in French, so once there, click on
"Je déclare en ligne" which will take you through the process.

In 2007, over 7 million tax returns were filed electronically, compared with 5 million in 2005.
Why is it growing in popularity?

Payment receipts do not need to be sent to the tax authorities, although these should be kept just in case they decide to check up on you.

You will know exactly how much must be paid as the on-line system performs the calculations as you input your figures.

And, for those paying their income taxes on-line for the first time, there is a €20 reduction on the bill.

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