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How to make things easier for your family and heirs

Tue Dec 03 2019 Eleanor Moore 0 Tax and Finance

Many people avoid discussing the practical implications of their death, but if your affairs are not in order, your family may face unnecessary costs and delays during that difficult time.

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What are your UK pension options in France today?

Tue Oct 08 2019 Eleanor Moore 0 Tax and Finance

Pensions are often the key to long-term financial security, so take care to review your options.

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The French tax considerations of owning property

Mon Apr 01 2019 System Administrator 0 French Life Tax and Finance

It is always important to understand the various tax implications when buying property, particularly where a foreign tax regime is involved and/or you have liabilities in more than one country. Be particularly careful with a second (effectively investment) property that will not be regarded as your principal private residence, as you generally lose the main home reliefs and may have other tax considerations.

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Relocation to France

Tue Jan 15 2019 System Administrator 0 French Life Tax and Finance

Sally Stone relocated to France in 2002 and set up 'Les Bons Voisins', a successful property management business that Sally franchises across France. But it hasn’t all been easy. Here, in an interview French Entrée, she tells her story...

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Succession Law in France

Fri Dec 07 2018 System Administrator 0 French Life Tax and Finance

Succession law is probably one of the most contentious rules for the British moving to France, as it seemingly infringes on our civil liberty to leave our money to whomsoever we please.

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Should You Make the Move to France

Tue Nov 20 2018 System Administrator 0 French Life Tax and Finance

Whether you’re looking for a [holiday home](http://www.frenchpropertyportal.com) or a place to retire with a slower pace of life, moving to France might be the right choice for you. However, with sterling still below pre-Brexit vote levels, is it still an affordable option? And what are the financial options for retirees?

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Property Wealth Tax in France

Tue Nov 20 2018 System Administrator 0 French Life Tax and Finance

‘Impôts sur le fortune immobilière’ (IFI) is an evolution of wealth tax, which was one of the largest obstacles to moving to France for many people with significant assets. The good news is that this tax, as from 1st January 2018, is only applied to property, though it may also be applied to funds investing in property.**

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Capital Gains Tax in France

Tue Nov 13 2018 System Administrator 0 French Life Tax and Finance

The capital gain is equal to the difference between the sale price (less costs to sell and the amount of VAT paid) and the purchase price (including premium actually paid registration fees when buying or a flat rate of 7.5% of the purchase price) or the declared value when the property was received by gift or inheritance (plus actual expenses and any inheritance rights if they were supported by the donee or ' heir ).

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Council tax: The 55 French towns where bills are going up in 2018

Tue Oct 30 2018 System Administrator 0 French Life Tax and Finance

The French government announced earlier in the year that council tax (taxe d'habitation) was set to drop for 80 percent of France's households in 2018 - but despite this some people will actually end up paying more. These are the 55 towns where bills are going up. The French government is aiming to abolish council tax (or taxe d'habitation in French) by 2021 and as part of the phasing out period this year, 22 million French households should have seen their council tax go down by 30 percent.

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Buying in France with a French Mortgage – a quick overview.

Tue Oct 30 2018 System Administrator 0 French Life Tax and Finance

When deciding to purchase a property in France, there comes a moment when you decide how you are going to finance your property. Do you release equity in the UK? Use your savings? Take a French mortgage? An important factor to consider when making this decision is that you can’t just release equity or put a mortgage on a French property once you have purchased*, so whatever money you put into the property will remain locked in it until you sell. When considering this point, most buyers prefer to use a mortgage for the maximum leverage possible against the property in France so to keep their cash and equity free for other projects.

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