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Income tax

In France it is vital to declare your income every year as taxes are not automatically deducted from your salary.

You are obliged to declare your income under the following conditions:

  • you have received a salary from a French organization (private, public, association...);
  • you are in professional activity, paid or not;
  • you live in France for at least half of the year (6 months or more).

All income must be declared to Tax services whether that be salary, allowances or unemployment benefits etc. You must fill in a declaration of income. This does not necessarily mean that you will be taxed. It is compulsory to declare your taxes, however whether you pay any tax will depend on your income. If you rent a property, this declaration is also used as a basis from which local taxes are calculated.

If you are currently living in France or if you were living in France in 2018, you must declare your income for 2018 to French Tax services.

  • If you are declaring your income in France for the first time you must print the online tax form n°2042 which will be available in spring 2019 and send it by post to the Service des impôts des particuliers du centre des finances publiques (Tax Services for individuals at the Public Finances Centre) in your home town before the mid-May 2019.
  • If you have already declared your taxes in France you should already have a tax notice from a previous year and a tax number: you must declare your income online. The deadline for this depends on which department you are living in.

From 2019 taxes will be automatically deducted from your monthly salary. However you will still need to declare your 2018 salary in May 2019 as indicated here above.

For more information, take a look at Direction générale des finances publiques (General Direction of Public Finances) website.

Housing tax

This is a tax which is specific to your housing. It takes into account the area, the state of maintenance, the environment and the municipality of your housing.

Housing tax is calculated annually based on your situation on the 1st of January of that tax year. Even if you move during the year or if you are no longer living in France you will still be taxed for the address at which you lived on the 1st of January. You will receive a tax notice during the last quarter of the calendar year.

As well as housing tax you must also pay a contribution for TV licensing if you have a TV.

  • Good to know: certain students can be exempt from housing tax, notably students who live in a university residence managed by CROUS, in a young workers residence or in a furnished room in someone's property. Similarly, if you are staying in a hotel or at International house in Dijon you do not have to pay this tax.

For more information, visit the public finances' website.

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