Taxe foncière bills arrive - small rises reported

Most households should see only limited rises in their taxe foncière

Taxe foncière bills are now going out to French households – and for the most part the bills should be only slightly higher than last year.

Any rises in the property owners’ tax have been on average only very moderate, according to Forum pour la gestion des villes which carries out an annual survery.

The average rise in the rate applied in French towns is just 0.3% (this relates to the percentage rate applied by local authorities to half of the theoretical rental value of a property so as to arrive at the taxe foncière bill).

In many towns the percentage rates have not risen at all, however taxpayers in such areas can still expect to pay fractionally more than last year due to an annual nationwide adjustment of the rental values on which the rates are applied.

As usual however a few places are the exception to the rule, such as Rennes (2.2% increase to the rate applied), Le Mans (3.6%), Metz (4%) and Limoges (6.5%).

Taxe foncière has to be paid by October 16, or October 21 at midnight if you pay online.

For more about France’s local property taxes see our Local taxes in France 2017 helpguide, priced €7.90: at this link.

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