When you move to a new country, there are dozens of things to consider. One of the main issues to address is whether you are actually classed as a tax resident or tax non resident. Without the help of expert local knowledge, your income tax amount could be unnecessarily higher than what you actually owe.
Being a tax resident or tax non-resident will affect the amount of income tax you pay. With Elitax, there’s no need to worry, regardless of your status. We’ll identify the specifics of your situation and help you pay the optimum rate of tax. Our income tax return services for non-residents guarantee that you won’t overpay or face the prospect of double taxation.
Not everyone who lives in France is considered a resident when it comes to tax law. The Code Général des Impôts (CGI) defines a resident as:
If you do not qualify as a French tax resident under these criteria, but still have income in France, you will be liable to submit a tax return. If you’re not sure whether you are a tax resident or tax non-resident, contact Elitax today and we can help.
A tax non resident in France is taxable only on income acquired from activities and investment in France. You should only declare income from French sources and income from abroad should not be included in the French tax return.
For example, if you’re a non-resident who does business in both France and the United Kingdom, only the income acquired from France should be submitted in your French tax return.
Elitax understands that everyone’s needs are different, so we have a process in place to guarantee client satisfaction.
The questionnaire enables us to clarify and tally your different kinds of income and assets. It also helps us identify any rebates, deductions, reductions and/or tax credits to which you may be entitled.
First-time filers must file paper tax returns. We will send you the completed tax forms, which you then sign and mail to the French Tax Administration. We provide full instructions on when and where the forms have to be mailed.
Individuals who have already filed a tax return in France must file online. This is taken care of by Elitax to prevent any confusion or incorrect submissions.
Your complimentary tax consultation will enable us to understand your tax situation and status. During the consultation, we will establish, amongest other things, whether you are a tax resident or a tax non-resident for French tax purposes. We can then help you prepare and process your French income tax return as appropriate.
We’ve been working as bilingual tax advisors in France for nearly two decades. Since 2000, we’ve been helping our clients comply with French income tax return requirements, while optimising the amount of taxes to be paid. Elitax is dedicated to getting your tax return submitted on time and correctly.
Our fees are competitively priced, yet the quality of service is second to none. Our expertise helps you to minimise the amount of your income tax in France, while the tax strategies we put in place will provide ongoing benefits in the following years.
With Elitax, you can rest assured that your tax return is being handled by a bilingual tax advisors. We have vast local knowledge and are always happy to communicate. Filing a tax return in a foreign country has never been easier than it is with Elitax.
We guarantee all income tax returns prepared by us, as long as these are filed without any changes. If you provide us with the correct information, we promise that it will be filled in optimally and on time.
Income tax in France for Non Tax resident is levied at a flat rate of 20%. This income tax paid in France should be reported in your country of residence, when relevant, to avoid double taxation. Thanks to the tax treaties signed between France and more than 100 countries, you should never face the prospect of double taxation.
We’ve helped hundreds of clients resolve their tax issues.
In the context of constant movement of the work force between world’s countries and not a uniformed way of taxation laws, for a foreigner can be a struggle to adapt to the local financial and taxation system. As an expat in Paris, Elitax was for me the compass and help needed to understand the French system. The communication with Elitax was easy, professional and with great English level. What, how and when to do all the applications in order to respect French fiscal system were explained in a comprehensive way. I strongly recommend Elitax as your expat consultant. I would return as a customer to their service.
ELITAX has provided excellent service for me for several years on both the French and the USA returns. In addition to her expertise in national and international tax law, Eliane Rakotonoel provides the additional – invaluable! – dimension of full customer service, attending promptly and personally to any questions and concerns that may arize during all phases of the return process. I do not hesitate to highly recommend ELITAX to anyone interested in working with a highly competent tax specialist who will also assure personal attention to your needs!
As an Australian working in France I found the French Tax system somewhat daunting. I first approached Elitax three years ago when confronted with an Audit from the French Tax Office. With a number of investments in my home country this was a daunting task. Eliane and her team worked tirelessly to help me provide the 3cm thick file of paperwork and submit the request on time. During the preparation Elitax uncovered that I had been made an error during the two years under audit and I was due a small refund! I have been a client of Elitax ever since, even after returning to Australia. If you need to navigate the vagaries of the French Tax system I highly recommend Eliane, Stephanie and the team at Elitax.
For several years now I have consulted Elitax on tax advice and have entrusted Madame Rakotonoel with the preparation and submission of my annual tax returns. As a British expatriate moving to France I have found her advice and guidance invaluable on both a personal and professional level. Despite her busy schedule she has always found the time for a meeting or an exchange of messages to clarify specific points on tax matters and with generous help in the preparation of communications with the authorities where necessary.