Last days to pay property tax

Most people who own a home in France pay taxe foncière

Next Monday is the last day for homeowners to pay their taxe foncière bills and avoid penalties for late payment if using one of the ‘traditional’ payment methods.

This means that if you have not set up a payment by direct debit à l’échéance (which is taken 10 days after the due date) or by regular installments and will not be paying over the internet or by bank transfer, you must get your cheque or TIP slip in the post as soon as possible (or you can take cash to the tax office if the amount is less than €300).

However  you have extra time to make a ‘dematerialised’ payment either by paying directly over the internet via your personal account on the impots.gouv.fr site, paying via the smartphone app impots.gouv If you pay in these ways you have until Saturday October 20 and you will not be debited before Thursday October 25.

Usually you should have received your avis about three weeks before the deadline, in paper form and (if you use it) in your personal space online. The tax service says in some circumstances they may be sent later, in which case there will also be a later deadline (check yours if unsure).

If you are paying online you may need information from your avis d’impôt unless you have already saved your online signing in details on your computer. If using the app you can optionally access the bill by taking a picture of the code printed on the avis at the bottom of the first page.

Note that this year you must pay online or by direct debits if your tax is more than €1,000. 

If you want to sign up to pay in 10 regular installments next year (mensualisation) you have until December 15 for it to start in January. If you apply later than this then the payments will start with a double payment in February.

Click this link for more about the taxe foncière and the reductions and exemptions available for this tax (article for subscribers).

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