Income Taxes in France: Any citizen of France pays direct or indirect taxes in different forms and ways. Income or no income, there are taxes applicable to several types of products. Besides, the standard taxation regime, there are several peripheral taxes which go unnoticed by the general public of the country with the capital of Paris.
The non-residents of France also fall in the category to pay taxes as they utilise the land for expanding their businesses. Even tourists per se are liable to fetch something out of their pocket for paying to the government.
Taxation on People Leaving France
Any person who has earned a penny from the country has to pay taxes before departing. Besides, any French earning that comes under the taxable slab in France in the international tax treaties would be payable prior to the departure. If someone owns a home, property or a piece of land, then they have to pay land, property and residence tax. If as of January 1, an individual has a property to his/her name, then they have to pay residential tax.
Gift Taxes in France
This type of tax applies to both gifts and inheritances. Here is more about it:
- If the donor is the resident of France at the time of donating the gift.
- The product is an asset of France.
- The recipient is the citizen or resident of France and has been so for more than years. In that case, the gifts and inheritance received during the tenure would be taxable.
However, through a treaty, these provisions can be overridden. The tax is payable on the amount of gift received by the recipient from the donor. Also, the relationship with the donor will matter. However, the passing of assets during the death between PACS partners and spouses are seeing tax exemption. Thanks to the French government.
Meanwhile, for wealth tax, the valuation of a home can be downgraded by almost 30 per cent for the succession tax. But only if the surviving couple has occupied the land as a primary home or at least by one child of spouses. Notably, even PACS partners can seek the benefit of the scheme.
Taxation Bands In France
Here are the taxation bands and rates applied on the taxable income earned in 2019 and payable in 2020.
Tax Rate Income Share
Above €157,807 45 per cent
€74,518 – €157,806 41 per cent
€27,795 – €74,517 30 per cent
€10,065 – €27,794 14 per cent
Up to €10,064 0 per cent
PS:- There is a 1 per cent increase in 2019 compared to the year 2018. Likewise, in 2021, for the income of 2020, the changes in the percentage of tax pays are likely to alter.
Here’s the approximate tax one has to pay. The following table gives sight into the specifics. (Tax to be paid in 2020 for 2019 income).
This is the slab for the tax payable by a single person.
Tax Payable Income
The tax payable by a couple can be understood by the following table:
Tax Payable Income
The act applies precisely to the registration of vehicles, gifts and inheritance, sale of buildings, assignments of businesses etc.
Calculation of income tax in France
A progressive income tax gauge or scale is utilised that factors in splitting. Any income earned post departure gets taxed at 20 per cent rate. Similarly, the tax on the income of government employees sees no distinction.
Besides the income tax, fortunate few who earn €250,000 and more per annum are imposed with special taxes. Up to the revenue of up to €500,000, one has to pay 3 per cent of the total income. Beyond that, it surges to 4 per cent.
However, those living-in or married couple are exempted until €500,000. Crossing the limit, they have to pay 3% of the total income until € 1 million and 4 per cent after surpassing the limit.
Words of Wisdom
Like any other nation, the taxation system in France is also subject to reformation and changes depending on the economic situation of the nation. The ongoing Covid-19 virus has dampened its economy, but the liberal nation is trying to back itself by inducing different taxation. The financial market of the country is recovering too, and people are investing in Forex markets, cryptocurrencies, stock markets, indices, metals and other bazaars. Furthermore, CFDs market is also gaining momentum here.