French taxation – what we can expect in 2019

Anyone who has been living in France for a while knows how frequently tax rules can change – and how significantly, too. In the last 10 years, we have seen wealth tax reformed to make it less of a burden, then that reform reversed, then a complete overhaul to create a new tax.

We lost a fixed rate of tax on investment income, then a few years later a new one was introduced… All this can create headaches for effective tax planning.

You need to carry out regular reviews to make sure your tax planning is up to date and you are taking advantage of the tax mitigation opportunities the French tax regime has to offer.

2019 draft budget

A new President usually means tax reforms, and we had that with the 2018 finance bill. The 2019 budget, however, is one of those rare occasions where very little changes. 

The budget is not normally fully approved until the end of the year, but from a tax point of view we do not expect any significant announcements.

There is one big change in 2019, which is the introduction of a pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) system in France (as discussed ...

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