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Income Tax in France 2021 (for 2020 income)*
Published: 25 March 2021
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Understand the recent changes to the way you file your tax return in 2021 

2019 marked a significant change in the way tax is collected in France with the launch of at-source taxation - Prélèvement à la Source (PAS).

This significant reform changes the way in which the tax is paid, not how it is calculated, and most people still have to complete a tax return in the spring for the previous year. This year your return will be used to regularise any tax instalments paid in 2020 as well as, where applicable, a tax credit sum you may have received in mid-January 2021 for recurring credits related to, for example, employing a gardener or child care.

Your return will also be used to calculate your new PAS rate applicable from later this year.

Our 80-page guide reviews the rules around PAS, including how France is dealing with foreign income subject to the change.

The guide is available as a digital / PDF download which is immediately accessible on purchase.

What else is covered in the guide?

Primarily aimed at Britons living in France or those in the UK receiving income from France such as from renting out a holiday home here, the Income Tax in France 2021 Help Guide details information needed to make your declaration. It shows declarable income such as pensions, rent, ISAs, shares, savings and interest, with a step-by-step guide to the French forms*.

Contents include:

  • Changes this year (2021), relating to declarations for 2020 income
  • Double tax treaties and Brexit
  • The ways Brexit changes tax (there are some)
  • When do you become a tax resident of France?
  • Income to be declared
  • Prélèvement à la Source (PAS – At source taxation)
  • How to change your rate if circumstances change
  • Tax bands and exchange rates for this year’s declaration
  • How your family situation changes the amount of tax you pay
  • Social charges and their rates and when they are applicable
  • Claiming tax credits
  • Non-residents and French rental income
  • Deadlines for payment
  • Self-employment
  • Ways to lower your tax bill
  • Will Brexit affect rights over French social charges?
  • Airbnb income
  • Declaring foreign bank accounts
  • Treatment of UK state pensions and UK government pensions
  • UK rental income
  • Paper or online declaration options
  • Step-by-step guide to filling in key sections of the printed form/s*
  • Personal allowances in two countries - how does it work?
  • Reader questions and answers
  • Wealth tax: Who has to pay this?

Reader reviews 

'Your Help Guides became an invaluable resource to help us navigate the difficulties of settling in to our chosen country for retirement. In particular, your guide on Taxes helped us understand what we had let ourselves in for! ' JNP

'I always pass a copy on to my local tax officer who finds it incredibly useful dealing with foreign people living here' P.W.

'Thanks to the information you gave about rental property income and social charges, we managed to recover over €3,000 from the French tax office' A.S. 

'Many thanks for the guide. It was wonderfully clear. The chore made much easier' M.D.

When can I access my guide?

The digital / PDF version of the guide is available to view / download from My Account immediately from purchase. 

Note that our printed edition is now SOLD OUT


Please note the guide gives step-by-step guidelines for completing the printed tax forms which many readers often do before making an online declaration. It also includes information on the online process which is obligatory in most cases now. However, because everyone’s online experience is different we can only give an overview of this and not a step-by-step guide to this part. 

We use the latest layout available which is taken from last year’s forms as the French tax authorities do not release any changed forms prior to the opening of the declaration period, so after publication of this guide. 

*The information in this guide is of a general nature, it is not advice which if needed can be sought by instructing a professional on the specifics of your case. All purchases are subject to our terms and conditions.