How much tax to pay in France for foreign earnings/dividends?
Thread poster: veratek

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Mar 20, 2011


If you are a resident in France, but own a limited company in another country, say England, you can pay yourself through a salary or dividends.

I would like to know how much tax you need to pay the French government in either case.

I found on the Internet one source saying that if you are paid a salary as director of the foreign company, but you reside in France, you will need to pay all normal social charges for this salary in France, independently of whatever social charges you were obliged to pay in the UK. Is this correct?

If you pay yourself through dividends (after the deducted 21% UK corporate tax), you will have to pay the French government annual taxes as an individual using this formula:

Ces revenus sont (sauf option pour le prélèvement libératoire) soumis à l’impôt au barème progressif après déduction d’un abattement de 40% puis application d’un abattement forfaitaire annuel de 1.525 € pour un célibataire ou de 3.050 € pour un couple. Vous bénéficiez également d’un crédit d’impôt de 50 % des revenus distribués plafonné à 115 € pour un célibataire ou à 230 € pour un couple.

My question is: basically you apply the same "barème progressif" for the remaining 60% that you would apply if had earned this salary from a French company?

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