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.
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!
I really appreciate Eliane’s international expertise and the English language skills. Despite me being based in another country, Eliane always provided timely feedback and followed up with me to meet the necessary deadline. For me the Elitax team is the modern, professional advisory team with the international expertise. I rely on their support.
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.