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French tax calendar 2023: What are the deadlines for payment?

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French tax calendar 2023: What are the deadlines for payment?
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From paying property taxes to making the annual income tax declaration, here are the French tax deadlines for 2023.

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People who live in France or own property here generally have to pay at least some tax as - in return for its robust welfare state -  France is among the most highly taxed countries in Europe. 

The big one is the annual déclaration des revenues. Almost everyone who lives in France has to fill in the annual declaration and non-residents may have to if they have an income in France.

Second-home owners usually won't have to do the annual declaration but they are liable for property taxes, and this year have to fill in the one-off property tax declaration - full details on that HERE

Find out HERE who has to make the declaration, how to do it and some handy vocab to use.

EXPLAINED: Who has to make a tax declaration in France?

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These are the key dates to keep in mind;

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April 13th - opening of the property tax declaration - this refers to income from 2022. If you moved to France after January 1st 2023, you will not have to make a declaration until next year.

May 22nd, 11.59pm – If you are unable to file the declaration online, you can use a paper declaration. This must be mailed by Monday, May 22nd prior to 11:59pm.

May 25th, 11.59pm – closing date for online tax declarations for inhabitants of départements 1 to 19, as well as people who live outside France

June 1st, 11.59pm – closing date for online tax declarations for inhabitants of départements 20 to 54

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June 8th, 11.59pm – closing date for online tax declarations for inhabitants of départements 55 to 96, and France's overseas départements

July 31st - deadline for the property tax declaration. This applies to anyone who owns property in France (including second-home owners resident in another country), tenants can ignore it. This is entirely separate to the income tax declaration, it's a new requirement for 2023 and only has to be completed once - full details here.

READ ALSO What the French government doesn't tell you about filing taxes

People who own property in France also pay property taxes. Bills for the taxe foncière (property owners' tax) and taxe d'habitation arrive in the autumn.

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October 16th/21st - deadline to pay tax foncière, the tax paid by all property owners in France. Bills are sent out between mid August and late September, depending on whether you have online or paper billing. October 21st is the deadline to have either paid or set up a direct debit if you are paying online. If you want to pay by phone or by cheque, you have until October 16th.

November 7th/20th - bills for taxe d'habitation are available. This year only second-home owners will pay this tax, and the bills will be made available via the tax website from November 7th, or from November 20th for those who are signed up to a monthly payment plan. In some communes, a local charge for waste collection will be added to the taxe d'habitation bill. The annual TV licence payment, which used to come out at the same time as the taxe d'habitation, has been scrapped.

December 7th - the deadline to correct errors in your online income tax declaration. Thinking back to that declaration you made in April/May - if you have forgotten to add something or made a mistake in your calculations in your declaration you can go online and correct it without attracting a penalty.

December 15th - deadline to have either paid the taxe d'habitation or set up a monthly payment plan.

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