Horrified by social charges bill

I sold my French [holiday] farmhouse and was horrified to be charged €17,000 in ‘social taxes’. I had the farmhouse for 25 years and did not have to pay capital gains tax because of owning it for more than 22 years. In any case, after restoration work I broke even so there was no capital gain. Could I appeal?  T.E.

One problem here is that the capital gains tax rules exempt property from the tax if owned for 22 years or more but the social charges exemption applies after 30 years.

The fact that France levies social charges on ...

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