Details of the changes to the charges were made by President Emmanuel Macron during a television address that was designed to pacify the anger of protesters in the country. Macron said that proposed increases to the contribution sociale généralisée (CSG) rate would be shelved for any person living on less than €22,850 a year.
As result only 30% of retirees will now have to pay the increased rate of CSG.
Expats and pensions exemptions
Furthermore, any expat living in France who carries an ‘E’ form, S1 health certificate, or who receives a government service pension will be exempt from additional charges as they qualify for 100% relief against the social charges on their pension income – any additional pension income will be subject to the charge unless additional exemptions apply.
The amount of charges applicable to an expat will depend on their total taxable income – i.e. pension income, investment income and salary income.
Spouses are subject to a common rate. This is true regardless of whether one spouse could have claimed an exemption or different rate.
However, expats who are hoping to enjoy the more preferential rates will have to wait until the summer, following the submission of their 2018 tax return, at which point they may receive a rebate for any money they have overpaid in social charges since January 2019 (the date at which the new CSG charges took effect).
Prélèvement de Solidarité – different dates for different income
If an expat does not receive French state healthcare and instead receives it from another EU or EEA country, they will be subject to a flat rate 7.5% tax under the Prélèvement de Solidarité system.
Prélèvement de Solidarité does not apply to all types of income from the same date. Investment and passive income are only eligible for the tax from 1st January 2019; in contrast most capital gains and rental income from unfurnished properties are eligible from 1st January 2018.
Expat wealth management in France
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