Insurance in France
Thread poster: MandyT
MandyT  Identity Verified
English to German
Aug 8, 2004


I recently went to the Ursaaf and am now officially registered as freelance translator in France. Now I get all these letters from insurance companies. Can anyone give me some advice on what is the best for freelance translators? I really have no idea what to go for.

Thanks in advance


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Lakshmi Iyer  Identity Verified
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Urssaf Aug 10, 2004

As far as I know you have three options as a freelance translator in France: URSSAF, AGESSA or what's called "portage salarial". You only sign up with AGESSA is if you mainly do literary translations. "Portage salarial" refers to billing companies that invoice and pay your social charges for you and keep a percentage of your earnings.

But you mentioned you've already registered with URSSAF. They (or rather an institute called the INSEE) will have sent you a SIRET number, which you include on your invoices to French clients. You pay social charges to three different organisations: two charges to URSSAF, medical insurance charges to the freelance professionals' health insurance centre and obligatory retirement charges to CNAPVL, which pays out freelancers' pensions. These charges are calculated as a percentage of a pre-fixed amount in your first and second year as a freelance (it's about 6,500 euros for Year 1 and 9,000 euros for Year 2). From the third year on, you pay a percentage of what you actually earned the previous year.

You'll receive lots of mail asking you to sign up for "complementary" retirement plans, which you can safely chuck in the bin.

What you should do is go down to your local URSSAF and ask them to explain the system to you - show them the letters you've received and check what you really need to pay. I understand you don't need to charge VAT if you earn less than 27,000 euros a year, and if you spend over 180 days a year in France you need to pay your taxes here.

Hope this helps.

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MandyT  Identity Verified
English to German
thank you Aug 11, 2004

Thank you very much for your help


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