Tax questions, boiler grants, May changes: 5 French practical updates

Our round-up of practical articles you may have missed

We also look at how to cope with bereavement when in France
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Free help with tax declaration

Deadlines to declare for income tax begin this month, with the first – for those filling out paper versions of the form – coming on May 21. 

We look at ways to get free tax advice from professionals in France, including local tax officers. 

Read more: How to get free help with your tax declaration in France

Window of opportunity for cheaper boilers 

Changes coming into force on May 15 will make it easier – and cheaper – to access financial aid for a boiler change. 

Funding to change your boiler to a more energy efficient one through the MaPrimeRénov’ scheme no longer requires an energy audit (DPE) as part of the application process. 

As well as making the application easier, this could save property owners up to €250.

The change will remain in place until January 2025 so you will have to act soon to take advantage. 

Read more: Planning to replace your boiler at home in France? Now is a good time

English-speaking help in your time of grief 

This article provides an overview of English-language services available during the bereavement process. 

From finding a funeral director to support groups to help cope in the aftermath of a loved one’s death, we look at help available in English in France. 

We also provide general tips for how to cope and take care of yourself during this difficult time.

Read more: Advice for the newly bereaved in France and English-speaking help

Questions on EU’s new digital borders 

Tree articles covering the EU’s new digital border scheme – EES (Entry/Exit System) – featured on The Connexion this week. 

The first covers seven questions about the borders from our readers, including how land border crossings work, and how the rules apply to mixed EU and non-EU families.

Read more: 7 reader questions on new France/UK border checks answered

In addition, we looked in more detail at which countries within the EU will have their borders altered by the policy. 

Read more: Which countries will use the digital border checks for non-EU nationals?

Finally, we reviewed how different residency cards will affect the crossings. 

Read more: New UK/France border checks: visas, residency cards and which queues?

Key dates and changes 

Finally, with the start of a new month, we published our usual articles covering dates and changes in the month. 

Read more: Museums, mothers and muguet: key dates to note in May in France

Read more: Medical fees, eco-grants, gas prices: 5 changes this May in France

Read more: Stay up-to-date: 20 recent and upcoming changes in France