Better clarity of French tax laws for expats expected soon

France’s English-language newspaper, The Connexion, has been told by French tax officials that a “speedy resolution” of the ambiguity of certain tax rules is on the cards. The Connexion have been campaigning for clarity on the rules regarding social contributions on British expats’ income from the rental of their property in the UK.
Currently no tax would be due on income generated by the rental of a property if the income falls below the first taxable UK band. However, many readers of The Connexion reported that their income was subject to French taxation levies such as the CSG (General Social Contribution). There have been some reports of British expats challenging the levies and having them successfully overturned, but many were turned down. Whereas, some cases remained tax-free.
French tax officials have stated that the variations were possibly due to regional differences in interpretation of the rules for cases where the income was not taxed by the UK, and they are fully aware of the need to clarify the policies.
The Connexion is advising people with these incomes to keep an eye on their website for the updates that are due in the coming weeks.
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