Income tax in France (2010 rates)

Further to several enquiries from property investors, we have decided to clarify the French income tax for people investing in France or who currently have a French income.

The total net income is subjected to several band rates (like for the PAYE in the UK). It applies only on the income realised in France if you aren’t a French resident.

1. The total net income is divided by the number of family tax quota (1 for a single person, 2 for a married couple).
2.  A different rate is applied for each tax band.
3. The total amount obtained is multiplied by the number of tax quotas.

Example 1: a married couple without children (=2 shares) has a total net income of 100,000 euros. They have a shared income of 50,000 euros each.

Each of their shared income is imposed by band according to the scale below (valid for 2010 tax year):
arrow2 Up to 5,875 euros: 0%
arrow2 From 5,875 to 11,720: 5.50%
arrow2 From 11,720 to 26,030: 14.00%
arrow2 From 26,030 to 69,783: 30.00%
arrow2 Beyond 69,783 euros: 40.00%

They will pay less taxes than a single income person earning 100,000 euros per year because he will have to pay 40% taxes while their individual incomes are lower than 69,783 euros each so they will pay only 30% saving 10% taxes.

Example 2: the total taxable income of a single person is 35,926 euros. He will pay:
arrow2 0% on the band lower than 5,875 euros
arrow2 5.50% on the income bracket ranging between 5,875 and 11,720. That is to say 5.50% X (11,720 – 5,875) = 5.50% X 5,845 = 321 euros
arrow2 14% on the income bracket ranging between 11,720 and 26,030. That is to say 14% X (26,030 – 11,720) = 14% X 14,310 = 2,003 euros..
arrow2 30% on the income bracket higher than 26,030. That is to say 30% X (35,926 – 26,030) = 30% X 9,896 = 2969

So the total tax income to be paid by this single person will be: 321 + 2,003 + 2,969 = 5,293 euros.

Example 3 for property investor: Mr. Smith (UK resident) owns a French property investment with an annual rental income of 8,000 euros and has an interest only mortgage which cost 3,000 euros/year. He can deduct the interests from his French income: 8,000 – 3,000 = 5,000 euros per year. It is below 5,875 euros which is the lower tax band at 0%. Thus he does not pay income tax on his investment.


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