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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 http://www.saplaw.co.uk/legal-news/articles-on-legal-developments/53-brexit-articles/622-brexit-income-tax-breaks-moving-to-paris

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 […]

What Brexit answers do we have one year on from the referendum?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

In the aftermath of the UK general election’s unexpected outcome, we reach the milestone of one year since Britain voted to leave the EU. What do we know today about how Brexit might affect expatriates in France?

Has the UK election changed anything for Brexit?

Faced with a […]

The Bank of Mum and Dad

by Gemma Wright

What is it?

Soon to be the 10th biggest lender in the UK, it is now more common than not that the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ will be gifting or lending money to their children to help them buy a home.

How is it usually done?

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Often parents simply give […]

Relocation to Paris – Brexit Matters

by David Anderson

If you are being relocated to Paris we offer the following as a package. It should cover most situations though we can deal with more detailed aspects too.

Act in the sale of your English property. We have the expertise to tie in your English sale with your French purchase. Very […]

Reclaiming French Tax Agent’s Fees

French government had about 8 accountancy firms covering whole of France who took 1% of each sale to work out the French Capital Gains Tax!. It was a very cosy relationship with government people and fees were extortionate. The EU declared whole thing illegal in around 2011 but was only stopped on 1st January 2015. […]