Contact

News & Insights

CSG Changes for Expats in France

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.

Calculating liability

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

Blacktower Financial Management can help you with your expat wealth management, including expat tax planning in France, to help you ensure that your investment, pensions and rental income is optimised to your best possible benefit.

Contact us today for information and advice.

This communication is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice, investment recommendations or investment research. You should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in this communication is correct, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions.

Other News

The importance of proper retirement planning

Money in pilesRecently, the Financial Conduct Authority released its Financial Lives Survey 2017, which suggests that many savers lack understanding of how their pensions work. The survey gathered responses from just under 13,000 UK consumers and aimed to gain an insight into their experiences of retail financial products and services.

The FCA was concerned by some of the responses to its survey because they illustrated a distinct lack of knowledge among savers. For instance, around 13% of UK adults did not know whether they were paying into a defined benefit pension or a defined contribution pension.

Read More

Discretionary Fund Management – The Choice of the Savvy Investor

Blackboard with business planning ideasDiscretionary fund management (DFM) is an increasingly important component of the expat financial advice offering.

There are many reasons for this; from the way it frees time for the adviser to focus on wealth management, to the flexible, bespoke and client-focused level of service offered by the DFM firm. It is all about providing solutions that work for the client, and by allowing a trusted, expert third-party to make decisions related to asset allocation and fund selection, clients can have increased confidence that they will achieve their financial goals.

Read More

Select your country

Please select your country of residence so we can provide you with the most relevant information:

You are currently viewing the Blacktower Financial Management EU website.

You may be looking for the Blacktower United States website.

Blacktower United States > X Stay on this site

Or choose your country.