Reminder: Key October dates for French property and income tax
Here is a guide to keep track of deadlines this month, including payment dates and when to expect direct debit instalments
Several key dates are coming up this month related to local property taxes and income tax Pic: Pixavril / Shutterstock
Several key dates are coming up this month related to local property taxes and income tax in France.
Here are deadlines to watch out for in the next few weeks for these taxes, including taxe foncière, taxe d’habitation and impôt sur le revenu.
Note that these are the usual dates. In a few cases, notably for second-home owners, deadlines for local property taxes may be later - if so, this will be indicated on your avis d’impôt tax statement, which you should by now have received in the post and/or your online space at impots.gouv.fr.
October 15 (or 20)
This Friday, October 15, is the deadline to pay your taxe foncière (property owner tax) if you do not pay by monthly instalments, do not plan to pay online, and have not set up a prélèvement à l’échéance direct debit.
This deadline relates to paying, for example, by cheque to the Trésor Public sent to your tax office, or by dating and signing the TIP slip included on your avis d’impôt and sending this back, by bank card at one of the tabacs that offers the paiement de proximité service, or by cash at the tax office.
October 20 is the date if you wish to use online payments to settle your bill by direct online payment or using the impots.gouv smartphone app and scanning the QR code from your bill. The payment will be taken from your account on October 25.
October 15 is also the date of the 10th monthly instalment payment for local taxes if you are set up for this system, as well as for the 10th monthly instalment of at-source tax if you have regular incomes that cannot be directly taxed at source, such as income from renting out property.
If your income tax paid at source for 2020 did not cover your full actual income tax bill for 2020 income as now assessed on your new avis d’impôt, an instalment may be taken on this day.
This will apply, following a first instalment on September 27, where you had an outstanding amount of more than €300 to pay.
If this applies, other instalments will also follow on November 25 and December 27.
This is likely to concern you if you had new or one-off sources of income in 2020 compared to 2019, or if your regular incomes rose in 2020 and you did not update your at-source tax details in your online space.
If you are still eligible to pay the taxe d’habitation local property tax and have not been paying by instalments, this is the last date to sign up to pay by the prélèvement à l’échéance direct debit system.
This is also combined with the bill for the French television licence fee, which is €138 this year.
This payment method is suitable for those who do not pay in regular instalments and want to make sure they do not forget the payment date. It sets up a direct debit which will be taken 10 days after the initial deadline, which is to say for most people November 25.
You must have a bank account in France or Monaco.
You can set this up online with details from your avis d’impôt tax statement, via the smartphone app under Mes contrats de paiement, or by phone or email to your tax office.