Has tax on UK pension changed?

My UK state pension is paid into our UK account and if the exchange rates favour us, we transfer some to our French bank account. When we arrived in France in 2001 we were told by our local tax inspector it was not liable to French tax as we had already paid our tax in the UK. Now our tax office says there has been a change in law (they mentioned a UK/France convention) and from the 2016 tax year I would have to start paying tax on it. Have you heard of this?  T.H.

There has been no change in law, and this situation highlights the fact that people in tax offices do not necessarily know international tax law. It is unfortunate you were misinformed.

The double tax treaties set out the rules as to which country has what right to tax ...

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