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French Tax Laws

In France the most common taxes likely to be encountered are :

TVA or Taxe sur la Valeur Ajoutée

This is the direct equivalent of VAT or Value Added Tax in other EU member states such as the United Kingdom and the current French standard rate is 19.6%, although lower rates are applicable to certain areas such as take-away food (5.5%).

IRPP or Impôt sur le Revenu des Personnes Physiques

This relates to personal income tax and France has a self-declaratory system and the employer is not responsible for deducting income tax at source.

Taxe d'habitation

This is a tax payable by the occupier of real property

Taxe Foncière 

This a land tax payable by the owner of real property - the owner/occupier of real property pays both.

Impôt sur les sociétés

This is corporation tax payable by commercial companies.

Taxe professionnelle

This is a tax payable by all business entities, be they subject to corporation tax or not.

Impôt sur la plus value

This is French Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and it is most often encountered upon selling real property, particularly second homes in France. It is subject to taper relief over a fifteen year period.

Impôt sur les fortunes

This is a wealth tax payable by those whose net assets are over circa 790 000 Euros (as at January 2009).

French Tax Law

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