13 avril 2024


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                                  Patrick MICHAUD
                              AVOCAT  PARIS 75008
                    National school of public finances - HEC CPA
                   patrickmichaud@orange.fr    33 (0)6 07269708
You are a non-resident and you wish is to invest in France by buying a property or a villa, either with a financial objective of profitability, or with an objective of pleasure for you and your family.  

Real estate is subject to a large  range of taxes in France  during acquisition with registration fees, annually with property tax, wealth tax and income tax or capital gains tax. and with very high inheritance taxation *

You must be be very concern with the questions of inheritance taxes ;the definition of your residence can be different  for income tax ans inheritance tax:ie you canbe a non resident in france for income BUT resident fot inheritances taxes

For these reasons it is essential, before an acquisition, to pay particular attention to how the purchase should be structured.

I can give informations to your legal advisor

The choice of form and financing is very wide. 

your investment can be made
-in your own name with or not your wife or husband
-through a French company, such as a societe civile immobiliere -in my opinion the best way, or 
- a foreign company or a trust
 your advisor can contact me to find out
about the tax implications. 
 1st Recommandation
France, like almost all other countries, imposes total transparency on the final beneficiaries, both fiscally and financially.
In particular, banks and notaries have a strong duty of vigilance regarding the origin of funds and the beneficial owner of the property. 
It is no longer possible to make an investment without disclosing the identity of the final owners 
Failing this, there is a 3% tax on the property's market value - without deducting loans - payable annually. 
Your advice should take into account 
 A Taxation of income in kind in the case of free occupancy 
 please note that the tax residence for inheritance tax purposes is usually different from that stipulated in income tax treaties.