Managing a remote house is not easy. You have bills coming in at your foreign address as well as in your mailbox at home. All of them are in French which makes it even harder to handle. Apart from that, the system is totally different. Tax for this, tax for that, national tax, local tax. And so on and so forth.
To get an idea… France does have much the same taxes as other countries. However, there are three main differences between France and many other countries:
- In most countries income tax and social taxes are calculated on an individual basis. In France, they are calculated on a family basis. This means that the income for all family members is added up and then divided by the number of people in the family.
- Tax rates in France are different and generally higher than most other countries.
- There are a number of tax loopholes and exemptions specific to France.
Here you can read the complete explanation of the French tax system.
But the French are truly something… this weekend the village secretary visited us twice. The first time we didn’t know it was him. We heard a loud banging on wood at 8 in the morning. We were still in bed and kept quiet thinking it must have been somewhere else.
On his second visit on Sunday he found us in the garden. He came to tell us we still had a bill unpaid from 2010. We forgot to pay the Water. The bill got lost in the paper work. He came to tell us in person that we really had to pay the 32 euro bill. He came to warn us that our water will be closed off if we don’t pay in time. C’est frais.
Welcome to the French Country side. Please don’t tell us the French are cold. They are sweet… really sweet.