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.
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.
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.
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.”