Reader question: Will I get a fine if I do not manage to complete France’s property declaration by the June 30 deadline?
France’s online property declaration has a completion deadline of June 30, 2023, and the French tax code has been amended to include the possibility of a fine of €150 for non declaration.
The law states that this applies per property that is not declared or is wrongly declared and that ignorance of the new obligation is not a valid excuse.
In April, however, the tax official in charge of the new declaration told The Connexion that fines for non-completion by the deadline would not be applied with regard to this year’s declaration.
This is because it is the first year of the requirements and the authorities are keen to give property owners some leeway.
The declaration is made by completing sections within your personal space at impots.gouv.fr under Biens immobiliers.
Should I complete it even if incorrect information is listed about the property?
If you believe that information listed online about your property contains errors readers are advised to submit the form anyway by the deadline as the priority for tax offices this year is to check how properties are used (whether main or second home, rental property etc).
They want to know this, notably, to check whether taxe d’habitation or taxe sur les logements vacants is due on the property.
However, you should nonetheless let the tax offices know as soon as possible if you have queries about the description of the property, for example, the number of rooms or the surface area etc.
This can be done clicking J’ai une question sur le descriptif de mon bien immobilier.
The authorities can change the information at a later date after June 30, hence the recommendation to declare the use of the property as soon as possible.
Note that tax officials have previously clarified why some owners e may have been, wrongly, confused about some of the descriptions used despite the information being accurate (see this article).