When leaving France at the end of a work assignment, short-term stay, or because you are moving to another country, you must meet any outstanding French tax obligations. This isn’t always convenient, however, and you can run into issues if you have to leave in a hurry, or if you’re not fully aware of what you need to cover before leaving.
At Elitax, we specialise in serving as your tax representative, dealing with your income tax return in the year following your departure and handling any demands for tax payments. We provide a link between the French tax authority and you, ensuring that you receive your tax assessment on time and can pay before the deadlines. We also answer letters from the tax authority and provide information requested on your behalf.
After a free consultation with our accountants, we’ll assess your needs and provide you with a tax representation contract to sign, giving us the ability to sort your taxes on your behalf. Once we have signed a tax representation contract with you, we’ll inform the tax administration of your departure from France.
We’ll receive all correspondence from the French tax administration on your behalf & forwarded it to you within five working days by e-mail, resolving your outstanding tax obligations. If appropriate, we’ll also contact the tax administration directly to fix any problems.
This service is provided on an annual basis at a set fee which we’ll discuss during your consultation. It is renewable automatically by tacit consent, unless we receive notification to terminate at least one month before the end of the contract.
The French tax administration is entitled to contest any income tax return or real estate wealth tax return for up to three years after its submission. Following this, a statute of limitations applies. During this three-year period, the tax authority can audit your entire tax situation, including any business tax return and its implications for your income tax return or wealth tax return.
To assist you in the event of an audit, we’ll audit your previous and current tax returns, and help you respond correctly to the tax administration’s questions. If further tax liabilities are discovered as a result of this process, we’ll help you resolve them.
We’ve helped hundreds of clients resolve their tax issues.
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.
I am a U.S. citizen living and working in Paris. Navigating the French tax system as an expatriate can be overwhelming. Elitax took all of the stress out of preparing and filing French tax returns. They understand the needs of expatriates and made the process very easy. They were thorough in preparing my tax forms and very prompt in responding to my questions. Their reliability and expertise make them easy to recommend. Thank you Elitax!
Eliane and her team have been preparing my tax returns and guiding me through the complexities of dual taxation (USA-France) for the past four years and I couldn’t recommend them highly enough! I first contacted Elitax two weeks before tax deadline, when I had been let down by another company. Eliane took the time to understand my situation and left me confident that she would take care of everything. And she did! Aside from Eliane’s comprehensive technical knowledge and impeccable English, she has the rare gift of being able to convey her knowledge in a way that an average human being can understand. In addition, I always appreciate Eliane’s calmness and patience and the personal interaction that she is always ready to provide.
I have had the pleasure of working with Eliane at Elitax for the past three years. She makes what seems like a complicated foreign system for an expat straightforward, efficient and timely! Eliane and her team handle any questions or requests from the Impots Francais quickly and help put your mind at ease. While I am domicile here in France I will certainly be using Elitax services which come highly recommended!