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French Tax Returns

By Michael Doyle
This article is published on: 7th March 2023

It’s that time of year again where we all must start thinking about submitting our French tax returns.

Here are my 5 top tips for completing your tax return.

1. Gather all necessary documents: Before you start preparing your tax return, make sure you have all the necessary documents, such as your income statements, receipts for deductible expenses, and proof of any tax credits you may be eligible for, the figures taken from your bank account(s) and the relevant exchange rate(s).

Choose the right form: France has different tax forms for different types of taxpayers, so make sure you choose the right one. In general most people will need to declare their income on the main form (2042) and its related forms (2042C and 2042 pro), the 2047 for all foreign income and the 3916 for foreign bank accounts and investments.

3. Fill out the form accurately: Take your time to fill out the form accurately and completely. Make sure you provide all the required information, including your income, expenses, and any tax credits or deductions you may be eligible for. Remember to declare all bank and investment accounts as any omissions can lead to high penalties.

4. Submit the form on time: The deadline for submitting your tax return in France typically falls in May each year. Make sure you submit your form before the deadline to avoid any penalties.

5. Consider getting professional help: If you are unsure about how to fill out your tax return, consider getting help from a tax professional. This can help ensure that your return is accurate and that you are not missing out on any tax benefits.

This is also a great time to review your own financial planning needs.

Due to recent uncertainty in the markets many people are keeping their money in the banks.

Purely for illustrative purposes (as inflationary pressures are currently decreasing), if inflation did persist at say 7% for 10 years your spending power would halve over this period. Inflation across Europe has been higher than this throughout 2022.

Now is a good time to speak with your financial advisor.

Article by Michael Doyle

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