When you arrive in France, or if you choose to leave, it’s vital that you get your tax affairs in check as soon as possible. Unfamiliar tax laws and unpaid tax bills can lead to stress and even financial penalties.
Avoid all of these worries with Elitax. We offer a tax consultation on arrival in or departure from France that will ease your concerns. Getting into good financial habits will make life in a new country far more relaxing.
If you think you could benefit from a tax consultation with Elitax, get in touch today.
This service consists of a written consultation to determine each expatriate’s individual situation regarding tax residency and tax obligations in France and in the country of origin, or in France and in the country to which he/she is being transferred. Our team looks at each individual case and gives helpful, bespoke advice.
The expatriate fills in a questionnaire that allows us to assess both individual circumstances (marital status, dependants, personal assets, sources of income, etc.) and professional situation (split-salary, multiple contracts, etc.).
The consultation questionnaire is a 12-to-20-page document, depending on the complexity of the case. It’s useful for both employer and employee, and guarantees the process of moving country is made easier. It permits the employer to fulfil their information obligations towards expatriate employees and keeps the expatriate employee up to date with current and future tax responsibilities.
During the tax consultation on arrival in or departure from France, we will advise on the individual’s income tax liabilities. Using a number of calculations, we can determine an expatriate’s tax liabilities in respect of both France and the country that the expatriate is leaving or moving to.
1. Foreign Tax Calculation
We can determine the amount of tax the individual will need to pay in any country. Using the tax law of this country, we identify potential tax benefits such as deductions, allowances and tax credits.
2. Country of Origin Hypothetical Income Tax (Hypo Tax)
We calculate, for comparison purposes, the income tax the individual would have paid if they had stayed in the country of origin.
3. Tax and Social Security Differential Calculation
This consists of calculations of:
In the case of the final point, the difference between these two calculations is the amount the employer will need to compensate. As a taxable income, your employee will be liable for social security contributions and income tax calculated on this amount. This “tax on tax” calculation gives the final gross amount you have to pay to the expatriate to completely compensate for the tax difference.
In providing tax estimates, Elitax makes every effort to work with the latest information available. However, Elitax will not be responsible for any modifications arising from late changes to tax rules.
We’ve helped hundreds of clients resolve their tax issues.
I am a United States citizen who has lived in France since 2004. I currently have a “titre de séjour, résident de longue durée” which will be valid until 2026. Elitax has prepared my French income tax return for me since I arrived in France more than thirteen years ago, and I have always been extremely satisfied with their work. I expect to remain a client of Elitax indefinitely.
The tax law is admittedly complicated for a foreigner living in France, it is comforting knowing that a professional like Eliane and her team are on the job. They delivered on all aspects; alwaysprofessional, client focused and with a smile on their face. A pure pleasure doing business with Elitax!
When I was appointed to my job at the headquarters of my company in Paris, it was a big change in my life. A new country, a different culture, totally different ways of life and practices… Luckily, my company had already taken care of this and agreed with some consultant companies to support me in various aspects of this change. Elitax was my consultant on tax subjects. As I learned during my stay in France, tax is a very heavy subject and you cannot survive alone as an expat if you don’t have proper support. That’s where Elitax, i.e. Eliane and her team, come into the picture: They made a very thorough presentation of the tax system in France. I learned clearly my responsibilities and consequences of failure to comply with the requirements. They used their expertise to support me in the preparation of my tax declaration, relations with the authorities, representing me in the tax related communications with the authorities, both during and after my stay in France. I even remember being supported by Elitax team to understand the yearly French obligation to pay tax if you own a TV set at home! Oh, those were the days! Finally, I would like to thank Eliane for her support. She was one of the good people who made my life easy during my stay in France.
“Excellent, friendly, bilingual service for those with French tax problems or wanting advice. I can personally recommend Elitax.”