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Get the most out of living in France

by Rob Kay Blevins Franks

There are many attractions and advantages to living in France. However there are some drawbacks too, such as unfamiliar local bureaucracy and a complex, expensive and frequently changing tax regime.

To get the best out of living here, your financial planning should be specifically set up to work well and […]

Income tax time

by Rob Kay Blevins Franks

It’s that time of year again, when we need to complete our French income tax returns, work out how much tax we owe, and submit them by the deadline. Paper returns are due by 17th May, for both residents and non-residents. The dates for online submission depend on where you […]

Will you pay less tax in France this year?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

France has a reputation for being a high tax country, so reforms that could reduce taxation are very welcome. The Finance Law for 2018 introduced two significant changes, which particularly affect those with higher investment income and/or wealth.

What do these reforms mean for you?

Income tax and […]

The clock is ticking to lock-in residency benefits in France post-Brexit

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

British expatriates in France should act now to secure residency and take advantage of healthcare and pension opportunities before Brexit changes the rules.

February’s Chinese New Year celebrations bring to mind a Chinese proverb that never dates: ‘dig the well before you are thirsty’. In other words, make […]

What can expatriates in France do with their UK pension in 2018?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

When it comes to pensions, your long-term financial security is at stake, so take care to do what is right for you and your family. Expatriates also need to consider the tax rules and implications in France.

Start by understanding the options available for different pension types.

‘Defined […]

Expatriates’ rights safeguarded with Brexit breakthrough

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

 

A landmark agreement has been reached in Brexit talks which has cemented citizens’ rights on both sides.

Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented a joint “progress report” on 8th December outlining the key areas of agreement. Focusing on the three priority issues […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Estate planning for France – Will your family be treated the way you want them to?

Good estate planning is about achieving the peace of mind that our affairs are in order and that, as far as possible, what we want to happen in the future will happen in the way we wish.

Estate planning in France is made far more challenging by ‘forced heirship’ succession law and inheritance tax rates […]