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Refund deadline at end of month

There is a chance that non-residents can reclaim social charges on holiday home sales in 2012 – but time is running out

IF YOU are not resident in France and you sold a French holiday home in 2012 you may be able to claim a substantial refund – but time is running out.

Lawyers think it looks increasingly likely that the application of the French social contributions to non-residents’ property capital gains will be overturned.

However for a chance to have them refunded for sales in 2012 they say claims would have to be made by the end of 2014, as we explain in the December issue on page 23.

The policy of levying these charges on non-residents, in place since 2012, has been highly controversial. Historically the social contributions, like CSG and CRDS, had not been levied on non-residents because they do not benefit from the French social security system.

You can find December’s Connexion in newsagents, or as a PDF download from our Back issues page.

If you do make a claim we would be interested to hear what response you receive, on news[at]

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