French taxe foncière property tax – avis d’impôt bills now available

Bills are expected to remain stable for most of the population but some mairies have opted for rises to compensate for Covid and the end of taxe d’habitation for most main homes

31 August 2021

The French taxe foncière and the avis d’imposition bills are now available Pic: fizkes / Shutterstock

By Liv Rowland

Many people who own a French home should now have their taxe foncière local property tax bill in their online personal space at impots.gouv.fr.

However this only applies to those who do not pay the tax by mensualisation – that is, in 10 monthly direct debit instalments payable from January to October.

If instead you pay the bill in full in the autumn then your avis d’impôt should now be in your personal space in your account. You should have received an email from the tax office to alert you, if you opted to have no paper avis d’impôt.

Those who pay by mensualisation instalments will receive their avis on September 20, and their 10th payment will be taken on October 15. There may be further balancing payments in November and December if your taxe foncière has risen this year compared to last year.

Paper avis bills for those who have not opted out of them, will be going out in the post during September for those who do not pay monthly and in late October for those who do.

The payment deadline for taxe foncière for those who do not pay by mensualisation is October 15 for those paying by traditional means such as cheque, cash or TIPSEA slip, or by bank transfer (these are only available up to €300). The same applies if paying at a participating tabac with cash or card, using the paiement de proximité scheme.

Direct online payments will be due by October 20 and will be debited from October 25.

There is also the option, until September 30, to choose prélèvement à l’échéance, a one-off direct debit payment taken on October 25.

On the whole, taxe foncière bills this year are expected to remain relatively stable, however in some areas mairies have increased their percentage rates (a key part of the bill) for reasons including costs of the pandemic and effects of the total removal of the other main property tax, taxe d’habitation, for most main households this year.

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