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.
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!
Elitax was referred to me a couple of years ago, where I first met Eliane. Being a new Impatriate to France, Eliane was excellent in easing me into the ways of the French tax system, appropriate to my situation. Her clear explanations, obvious great knowledge of the subject and generosity with her time and effort has made life so much easier than it could have been. I have to say that whenever I have needed to call upon Eliane she has responded promptly and I can definitely say she ‘goes the extra mile’ to help. If anyone needs tax advice as someone coming into France then I advise them to contact Eliane. I am very happy to endorse Elitax.
After many disappointing experiences with so called “bilingual accountant,” I was finally introduced to Eliane. She understood my situation as an owner of the second house in France and my tax position as a UK citizen straight away and helped me towards the right direction. Apart from the efficiency and accuracy of her work, I also appreciate her friendly and caring approach very much. I used to find the French tax declaration on my rental business as a burdensome duty but now with Eliane, it has become much less of a burden! I highly recommend her firm to anyone who, like me, not very competent in French to deal with the complicated tax issues in France.
Elitax was recommended to me by a friend just before I moved to Paris several years ago. From the onset Eliane was extremely helpful and articulate — her command of English is as superb as her knowledge of international tax laws and bilateral agreements between EU nations. She quite quickly dissolved any apprehension I might have had and explained things in a quite lucid manner. Elitax has handled my affairs ever since and I can not recommend their services more highly.