☏ +34 93 665 85 96  |  ✑ info@spectrum-ifa.com

Taxe Foncière – Do you qualify for exemption?

By Katriona Murray-Platon - Topics: France, tax tips, Taxe Foncière
This article is published on: 8th October 2020

Although it hasn’t felt like it, because we have had such gloriously warm and sunny September, autumn is officially here! October is a special month in my household because it’s my son’s birthday and also Halloween which my very French husband has officially and fully adopted as his favourite annual event (the children rather like it too)! However I feel that two topics that must be covered this month are taxe foncière which needs to be paid by 15th October and of course banks.

Taxe foncière is a tax paid by property owners on the 1st January of each tax year. Note that it is paid by the owner not the occupant and applies to both buildings (houses or apartments) and land (agricultural or constructible).

If you sell your property or land, the tax liability for that year is apportioned to each party, by the notary, according to the timing of the sale.

You may qualify for an exemption if:

  • the property is a new construction used as a main residence (the exemption is for 2 years)
  • you are in receipt of disability allowance
  • you are in receipt of old age allowance
  • you are over 75 (depending on level of income)

The tax office may also allow an exemption for unoccupied property which is habitable and normally rented, provided that:

  • it is unintentionally unoccupied
  • it is unoccupied for at least 3 months
  • part or all of the building is unoccupied

However, as the tax reduction is not automatically granted, you have to apply for it and demonstrate that you qualify (with reference to the specific points above).

For more details on the taxe foncière please read the rest of my article on our website HERE.

As I’m sure you will have heard some people have received letters from their banks informing them that some services will not be continued for those resident in the EU. Not all banks are going to discontinue their services but customers of Barclaycard in particular have been told that this service will no longer be available to them.

If you find yourself in this situation or you are concerned about having a UK sterling account when you move to France and after 31st December 2020, please do get in touch. Spectrum has worked with Standard Bank for many years and they provide an excellent service to expats living in the EU.

Some key points to note are that:

  • They do not charge to receive funds into the bank
  • UK Sterling to Sterling transfers are done by BACS so there is no charge
  • Clients can set direct debit transactions up from their debit card at no charge
  • Standing orders can also be set up on the account and again there is no charge for Sterling to Sterling in the UK

As with any financial decision it is always best to get advice and recommendations from a certified, regulated financial adviser. So if you want to know more about Standard Bank please do get in touch or if you know anyone who is worried about their UK banks after Brexit, feel free to pass on my details.

Fun fact of the month:
In France a popular savings account, in addition to the very popular Livret A account is the LDD or Livret de Development Durable. This savings account actually began in 1983 and was called a CODEVI which stands for an account for industrial development, it allowed clients to put away short term savings which the bank used to lend to the French industries to ensure funding and modernisation. At the time the interest rate was 7.5%!!! In 2007 this account changed its name to become the LDD and it now only makes 0.5% interest. Since 1st October 2020 those with these accounts can request that part of their savings be used to benefit social economy and solidarity organisations.

Finally, if you haven’t seen the article that I wrote last month on the Spectrum website about Assurance Vies in France, you can find it on my page HERE.

Wishing you all a wonderful October!

Article by Katriona Murray-Platon

Katriona Murray-PlatonIf you are based in the Poitou Charentes, Limousin & Aquitaine area you can contact Katriona at: katey.murray@spectrum-ifa.com for more information. If you are based in another area within Europe, please complete the form below and we will put a local adviser in touch with you.

Contact Katriona Murray-Platon direct about: "Taxe Foncière – Do you qualify for exemption?"

The Spectrum IFA Group is committed to building long term client relationships. This form collects your name and contact details so we can contact you about this specific enquiry. For further information, please see our Privacy Policy.
 
If you are in the Poitou Charentes, Limousin & Aquitaine area

Click here to contact
Katriona Murray-Platon
If you are based elsewhere

Click here to contact
The Spectrum IFA Group