Banking, Taxes and Finance

Banking in France, French taxes and finances - How to write out a French cheque, how to open a bank account in France, the French tax system and currency exchange.

Expats feeling the squeeze overseas

Expats feel the squeezeExpatriates are feeling the squeeze overseas according to Halifax International's new Expat Mood Monitor, since January 2008, over half (52%) of expats have noticed a decrease in their disposable income (with 44% noticing a decrease of 10% or more), and almost two-thirds (62%) have seen a decrease in their overall investment portfolios...

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Weekly Currency Report

Currency exchangeAndrew Norton from the Foremost Currency Group gives this weeks market report on the Great British Pound, the Euro and other major currencies.

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Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2009 19:22

The French Tax System at a Glance

French TaxA guide to French taxes covering French income tax, French Wealth Tax, Capital Gains Tax, French Inheritance and Gifts Tax Rates. Updated January 2012 with proposed changes affecting 2011 income...

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Currency Exchange - Changing Your Pounds into Euros

Currency exchangeIt is strange to find that purchasers of property in France are always keen to negotiate a good price on the house of their dreams, but then fail to appreciate that great savings...

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Moving Money To France

In Part 3 of this series, Oliver Phillips of PFS France takes a look at moving money to France. If you already live in France, or intend to finance your property purchase from equity in your UK home, chances are you'll want to move some money abroad. Transferring money from the UK to France requires someone to handle the transfer on your behalf and usually your bank will be...

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Financing your dream home in France

In Part 2 of this series, Oliver Phillips of PFS France takes a look at common approaches to financing French property purchases from releasing equity from your UK home to taking out a French mortgage...

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Taxe d'Habitation and Taxe Foncieres

The Taxe d'Habitation and Taxe Foncieres are both local authority residence Taxes similar to the UK Council Tax which are paid annually though there is provision to pay monthly by RIB (direct debit) from your bank account. Both the Taxe d'Habitation and the Taxe Foncieres bills usually arrive in...

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The European Savings Tax Directive

The European Savings Tax Directive is set to come into force on 1 st July 2005. David Anderson, solicitor and chartered tax adviser, Saul Brownstein French tax solicitor and Susanna Heley, trainee solicitor, all of Sykes Anderson LLP discuss the implications of the Directive with a UK resident taxpayer, shortly to emigrate to France.

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French social security contributions, Q&A

French social contributions or cotisations (I'll call them cotisations) are higher than UK National Insurance contributions (NICs). As a UK resident who is going to work in France, you and your employer may be able to pay UK NICs, which will probably represent a significant saving. Equally if you are thinking of setting up a business in France your liability for self-employed cotisations might be far higher than in the UK...

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Retiring to France from the UK

If you are a UK resident and are planning to retire to France you need to inform your DSS office of your move & intended departure date a few weeks beforehand. If you will be moving before you are eligible for your UK state pension but are already receiving a private pension...

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French taxes and charges on labour

French taxes are not deducted at source. They are based on the principle of the declaration of income by employees (taxable households) who pay their taxes themselves to the tax authorities. Employers do not intervene in the handling and payment of taxes...

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