Final deadline looms for French tax returns

Midnight on Thursday marks the final deadline for the majority of people in France to file their annual tax declaration.

Final deadline looms for French tax returns
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Deadlines for completing the annual tax declaration are staggered depending on the areas where you live and began last week on June 4th. Midnight on Thursday, June 11th marks the last deadline for online returns, and applies to everybody living in the greater Paris area.

Everyone who has their main residence in France, or who earns income in France through businesses such as holiday rentals, is obliged to fill in the annual declaration.


Retirees or others who do not earn an income in France need to fill in the declaration too, and all your income and assets – whether earned in France or elsewhere – must be declared, although most countries have double taxation agreements with France which means you will not be taxed twice on the same income.

Two weeks before the final deadline, Public Accounts Minister Gérald Darmanin told France 2: “We already have 15 million taxpayers who have filed their income tax returns and there are still about 10 million taxpayers who have not yet fulfilled this obligation.”
Tax declarations are made by household in France.
Due to the lockdown, French authorities have extended the original deadlines, so the new deadlines are; 
  • For départements 1 to 19: Thursday June 4th, 2020 at 11.59pm
  • For départements 20 to 54: Monday June 8th, 2020 at 11.59pm
  • For départements 55 to 976: Thursday June 11th, 2020 at 11.59pm

Those filing their taxes on paper have until June 12th, but only certain groups are exempt from the online declaration only rule – these include the elderly and people who live in zones blanches without internet access.

The French tax system is undergoing a change and from January 2019 salaried employees have had their income taxes deducted directly from their wages, meaning that many will have nothing to pay after filing the declaration.

However most employees still have to fill in the declaration, although this too is expected to change in the upcoming years.

This year round 12 million employees whose circumstances have remained unchanged since last year are exempt from the declaration – these people have already been contacted by the tax office to tell them they do not need to file.

If this is the first year you have filled in a tax declaration, you first need to request a numéro fiscale (tax number) to allow you to create an online account.

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France offers grants up to €1,500 to replace oil-fired boilers

Financial aid of up to €1,500 is temporarily available to households looking to replace oil-fired boilers with a more environmentally friendly heating systems. 

France offers grants up to €1,500 to replace oil-fired boilers

The temporary ‘coup de boost’ aims to encourage households to replace their oil-fired heating systems (chauffauge au fioul) and is in addition to the ‘coup de pouce chauffage’ (heating helping hand) scheme that is already underway to help under the energy saving certificates scheme (CEE).

All households that are primary residences – this aid is not available to second-home owners – equipped with an oil-fired boiler can benefit, with the amount for which they are eligible means-tested according to household resources and the replacement system chosen. 

Households with modest incomes benefit from a higher premium.

To benefit from the new temporary bonus, households must replace their individual oil-fired boiler with a more environmentally friendly heating system:

  • heat pump (air/water or hybrid);
  • combined solar system;
  • biomass boiler (wood or pellets);
  • connection to a heating network supplied mainly by renewable or recovered energy.

The total amount of financial help from the two schemes is €4,000 to €5,000 for low-income households; and from €2,500 to €4,000 for middle and high-income households.

For the connection of an individual house to a heating network, the amount of the bonus increases from €700 to €1,000 for low-income households; and from €450 to €900 for middle and high income households.

Estimates for the replacement of an oil-fired boiler must be accepted between October 29th, 2022, and June 30th, 2023, and work must be completed by December 31st, 2023.

The Coup de boost fioul aid can also be combined with MaPrimeRénov to replace an oil-fired boiler, meaning the least well-off households in France can benefit from aid of up to €16,000 to replace an oil-fired boiler with a pellet boiler or a combined solar system.

Since mid-April 2022, MaPrimeRénov’ financial aid has increased by an additional €1,000 for the installation of a renewable energy boiler. This can now reach €11,000 for the most efficient boilers (pellet boiler, combined solar system) and for households with modest incomes.

It must be noted that the installation of a very high energy performance gas boiler will no longer be eligible for MaPrimeRénov’ as of January 1st, 2023.

Find more details on the scheme HERE.