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Articles French estate planning February 1, 2018

The new French Wealth Tax: IFI replaces ISF

Following the financial law 2018 which came into force in France on the 1st January 2018, the former French Wealth Tax (Impȏt de solidarité sur la fortune or ISF) has been repealed and replaced by the new Real Estate Wealth Tax (Impȏt sur la fortune Immobilière or IFI). What is the main difference? Its title […]

Articles French property law January 2, 2018

The France Show 2018

Francophile Legal Consulting will be exhibiting at the France Show Exhibition at Olympia (London), stand P213, between 26-28 January 2018. The France Show Exhibition is the UK’s largest event dedicated to France. During the three-day exhibition, visitors can discover travel ideas, local gastronomy and look for their dream property. It is the highly recommended to attend event in […]

Articles French Tax December 12, 2017

French Property Law and Tax: Latest News

Capital Gains Tax Leaving France and selling your main home If you are residing in France and are considering selling your main home and move to another country, you should sell your home before your departure to be exempt from French capital gains tax. According to the French tax code, the sale of a main […]

Articles French Tax October 17, 2017

French Finance Bill for 2018

On 27 September 2017, the French government presented its Finance Bill for 2018 (projet de loi de finances pour 2018) (the Bill). The Bill has been submitted to the National Assembly, where it will be discussed in the coming weeks before being sent to the Senate. The key measures of the Bill are summarized below. […]

Articles French estate planning October 16, 2017

The French Supreme Court applies a Foreign law despite the French forced heirship rules

Since the EU Regulation no 650/2012, which came into force on 17th August 2015, it has been possible for a testator to elect in his Will his national law to govern the future devolution of his assets located in the 18 signatory countries (France, Spain, Italy…) to this EU regulation. A British testator can therefore […]

Articles French probate August 8, 2017

Case Study: International Probate and French Joint Bank Account

The following case study shows the difficulties encountered in French probate matters when the estate includes a French joint bank account. Question: Having bought a second home in Normandy 10 years ago, my husband and I had a joint bank account with a French bank.  Sadly, my husband died six months ago and I began […]

Buy to let furnished property in France: la SARL de famille

When reading articles on French property, the société civile immobilière (SCI) is very often referred as a traditional special purpose vehicle (SPV) to purchase a property in France between friends or members of a family. However, the SCI is not recommended when buying-to-let a furnished property in France as the company would automatically be subject to corporation […]

Articles French Tax May 16, 2017

Final call to claim a refund of your French social charges!

Over the past two years, we wrote a few articles on the case law De Ruyter [2015] (case C-623-13-Mr De Ruyter), where the European Court of Justice ruled that taxing French social charges on source property income for foreign tax residents was against EU law. Since that ruling, foreign tax residents, whether residing in or […]

Articles French property law March 10, 2017

Buying a French property via a foreign company

When it comes to advising on a suitable property purchase structure in France, there is no “silver bullet”. It all depends on the buyer’s personal circumstances (finances, family, nationality, country of residency) and the type of property he will be buying (residential, buy to let, furnished or unfurnished). It is therefore important to take professional […]

Articles French property law December 21, 2016

The France Show 2017

Francophile Legal Consulting will be exhibiting at the France Show Exhibition at Olympia (London), stand P213, between 27-29 January 2017. The France Show Exhibition  is the UK’s largest event dedicated to France. During the three-day exhibition, visitors can discover travel ideas, local gastronomy and look for their dream property. It is the highly recommended to attend event in […]

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