Top French tax myths debunked

Being the month of April (poisson d’avril), Connexion asked me to write about tax myths and misconceptions. As I don’t have 50 pages of space to elaborate, I’ll stick to the point and debunk myths, abridged style!

Defining your residency of France by using foreign UK law

This is an interesting one as it is so incredibly common. I would say eight out of 10 British people moving to France say they understand all the HMRC rules on residency – or maybe they are following them as they prefer them!

Unsurprisingly, the French fisc do not care at all about the UK’s statutory residence test (SRT) rules, though they have to care about the tax treaty between France and the UK, since it has been in force and working well since 1968.

It has precious little in common with UK residency rules but, in fact, quite a lot in common with French residency rules. It works on a series of tests. I ...

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