Income Tax Return Services for Non-Residents

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Tax season is here and it is time to start thinking about filing your yearly income tax return. If you are a non-resident of France, this can be especially challenging as there are strict rules that must be followed.

As an income tax return service for non-residents of France, we will discuss some important things to consider when it comes time for you to file your taxes. We will also provide links to help you find out more information on how to file if you don’t have an accountant yet.

Pay the Optimal Rate of Tax – Regardless of Your Residency Status

There are lots to consider when you move to a new country. One of the main issues to address is whether you are 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 about this though. Our income tax return services for non-residents of France guarantee that you won’t overpay or face the prospect of double taxation.

Do You Qualify as a Tax Non-resident?

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:

  • Someone whose main home is in France
  • Someone who carries out professional activities in France
  • Someone whose economic interests centre in France (e.g. investments or business)

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. Those who are not sure whether they’re a tax resident or non-resident, simply contact Elitax today for more information.

Income Tax Return Services for Tax Non Residents in France

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.

Our Five-Step Process for Income Tax Return Services

Elitax understands that everyone’s needs are different, so we have a process in place to guarantee that you will receive the income tax return services that are right for your needs.

  • We communicate with you to establish your individual needs
  • We send you our French tax return questionnaire
  • You fill in the questionnaire and send it back to us
  • We get to work and prepare your tax forms
  • We send your French tax return forms to you or file them online on your behalf

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, amongst 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.

Why Choose Elitax for Your Income Tax Return?

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 advisor. 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.

Our Promise to You

We guarantee to prepare and file all necessary income tax returns for non-residents working in France. If you provide us with the correct information, we promise that it will be filled in optimally and on time.

Income Tax Rates for Non-Tax Residents in France

Income tax in France for Non-Tax residents 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.

Need Help With Your Taxes?

If you need help with your French tax return or any other type of personal or business tax, simply fill in your details below and we’ll get in touch with you. We’ll let you know how much it will cost and the estimated turnaround time, based on your individual needs.

Not Sure if You Qualify as a Non-resident?

Get in touch and we’ll devise a bespoke plan for you during a free 15-minute consultation.

Call Elitax on +33 (0)1 43 71 10 05


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