The tax season is fully underway and whilst those who are declaring for the first time by paper have until 22nd May to complete their returns and most other people in most departments have until early June to complete their tax return, many people want to get it done as soon as possible.
Financial update May 2023
By Katriona Murray-Platon
This article is published on: 10th May 2023
Now that all the forms are available (which can be downloaded here) we can have a clearer idea of how to declare.
If you have employed someone to do your tax return, the chances are you have already sent off all your information. However if you want to have a go at doing your own tax return, here are my top tips for this year!
Tips for your taxes
Everything is declarable, not everything will be taxable!
- Get all your information together. If you are using your SATR from the UK, make sure you decide which number you are using (April 22 or April 23) and stick to that method for UK based income. If you suddenly change and start taking the figures from your bank account then you will be double taxed on the first four months of the year. Collect all your statements, payslips, tax certificates together in the one place and note down the figures for all your sources of income and the exchange rate at the date of payment (or the annual average).
- You need to declare all your income on the main tax form (called the 2042), you will also need to put any foreign sourced income on the 2047 and you will need to declare all your non-French bank accounts on the 3916. If you are doing the return for the first time on paper you will need a paper copy of all these forms. You will also need the 2042 C form as that is where you will find boxes 8SH and 8SI that you must tick if you have an S1 so that social charges aren’t charged on your pensions and that the reduced rate of social charges of 7.5% as opposed to 17.2% are charged on any investment income.
- Healthcare: If you are declaring online you need to tick box 8SH and 8SI to inform the French authorities that you are covered for your healthcare by another system of the EU (including the UK).
- Bank accounts and assurance vies: If you are declaring online you need to tick box 8TT (for assurance vies) and 8UU (for bank accounts) in order to create the 3916 form which needs to be completed with the details of these accounts. If you are declaring on the paper form, these boxes are at the bottom of the main 2042 form. If you are declaring an assurance vie you will need to have the value (in euros) of the account as at 1st January 2022.
- Foreign sourced income must go on the 2047 form (the pink one). Most foreign pensions and salaries go in section 1 of this form but UK salaries, UK rental income, UK Government pensions, which are all declared in France but given a tax credit equivalent to the tax that would have been paid in France all have to go into Section 6 of this form in order to get the tax credit (box 8TK on the 2042 form).
- Don’t forget any charitable donations that you made in 2022. French based charities send you a tax certificate, so you can use this to enter the correct amount.
- Don’t forget the kids! The tax credit for child care costs for children under 6 (born after 1st January 2016) have increased from €2300 to €3500 per child and you get 50% of this amount. This is for expenses for a nanny (nounou), nursery, after school care and holiday club. If however your child is now over 6 but you still have someone to collect them from school, this is counted as a home help tax credit (see below).
- Tax credits for home help. If you have a gardener or cleaner or have had some other home help in 2022, and you haven’t already received the tax credit automatically, you can declare these amounts on the 2042 RICI form here You are allowed at tax credit of 50% of any expenses up to a maximum of €12,000.
Not everything has to be 100% accurate. If you get close to the deadline, just submit your tax return as it is, you can amend the tax return, without penalties, through the correction service which will open at the beginning of August.
If you have any questions please let me know by email but if you would rather speak to me about something, please do give me a call.