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France - Tax System

There are four important taxes in France:
- Income taxes (impôts sur le revenu)
- Tax on accomodation (taxe d’habitation)
- Real Estate Property Tax (taxe foncière)
- Television Licence (redevance)

  • Income Taxes (impôts sur le revenu)
    Contrary to other European countries, in France you pay income taxes twice a year (February and September). You have to declare your income each March at the tax office you depend on. For that, you have to fill out a document called “déclaration de revenus”. This document can be found at your local tax office.
    If you don’t do it, you will be charged a penalty on your income taxes.
  • Tax on accomodation (taxe d’habitation)
    When you live in a flat or house, regardless if you are a tenant or owner, you have to pay this tax each year. If you move into a new place after the first of January, you will not have to pay this tax for that year, but only the next.
  • Real Estate Property Tax (Taxe Foncière)
    If you own a flat or house, you have to pay realty tax. The amount depends on the town were the property is located.
  • Television Licence (redevance)
    If you own a television set, you have to declare it at the “Centre régional de la redevance" and pay each year a tax of more or less 100 euros.
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