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Stamp Duty Land Tax: relief for first time buyers in the UK

by David Anderson

Sykes Anderson Perry explains the Stamp Duty changes announced on 22nd November 2017

Please note that the information herein is of a general nature and you should not act or refrain from acting on it without professional advice on the specific facts of your case. No liability is accepted by the author […]

What happens if you sell your French home after leaving France? 

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

The Constitutional Court has ruled that the main home capital gains tax and social charges exemption is only available to French residents. If you leave France, you will lose it.

Capital gains on the sale of a property in France are liable to both French tax and […]

Major tax reforms in France

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

As part of his election campaign, President Emmanuel Macron promised various tax reforms, particularly on how investment assets and income are taxed. The aim is to encourage people to save more by simplifying taxation on financial income as well as aid business growth.

The draft French budget for […]

Brexit, English law and enforcement of judgments

by David Anderson

English law has become the preeminent commercial law in Europe because it is flexible and is trusted to provide a fair outcome in the event of a dispute. In a competitive legal market place it is the box business […]

Two new family-friendly developments near sell-out in French Alps

With the 2017/18 ski season approaching, buyers are being advised to act quickly if they want to secure a sale before the season begins.

Champagny-en-Vanoise and Flaine are two of France’s most family-friendly resorts 95% of all properties have sold in MGM’s development Le Centaure, in Flaine, where two bedroom apartments are available from €254,167 […]

First tax information exchange approaching

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Tax authorities in France and the UK will now start to receive new information on their taxpayers’ offshore assets and income.

This is carried out under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) for automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters. 100 countries have so far committed to […]

Expected tax reforms on investment income

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

President Emmanuel Macron promised various tax reforms during his electoral campaign earlier this year. If they all go ahead, there will be substantial changes to how investment income is taxed.

He said his key aim was to encourage people to save more by simplifying taxation on financial income. […]

Income tax breaks for high earners relocating to Paris

By David Anderson

The French government has recently announced income tax breaks for high earners relocating to Paris. This is an attempt to get more bankers to choose Paris rather than competing EU cities post Brexit.

A summary of the tax relief can be seen here

Surprisingly for such an important tax break the […]

French Property

By David Anderson

Buying a property? Beware a tax trap on payment of estate agent fees!

In a French property transaction, it is the buyer who is responsible for paying the stamp duty and other registration taxes. When it comes to the estate agent’s commission; this can be paid either by the buyer or the […]

Planning a tax-efficient return to the UK

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

While France has so much to offer Britons living here, for some expatriates there comes a time when they want – or need – to return to the UK.

An easy mistake is assuming that, since the UK is your home country, moving back is straightforward. When it […]