Non-residents can claim refunds on social charges

A long-running saga about social charges for non-residents and others who are not part of the French social security system is coming to an end with a reduced rate of 7.5%.

The issue concerns social charges on non-residents’ capital gains on second homes and income from renting out property in France.

Social charges are applied in addition to tax and were previously at a set rate of, for example, 15.5% for rental income.

 It can also relate to people who live here but are not affiliated to French social security, in relation to capital gains and also investment income such as shares or bank interest.

This is the case with British state pensioners who have their healthcare paid for by the UK under the EU’s S1 scheme.

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