TAPIF Tip / Lecteur Lesson: All You Need to Know About the Taxe d’Habitation

What is the Taxe d’Habitation?

The Taxe d’Habitation is a property tax required to be paid each year by all residents in France.

As an assistant or lecteur, am I required to pay the Taxe d’Habitation?

Yes. As an assistant or lecteur, this includes you.

I have heard that the only exception is if you are living in university student housing (CROUS) or at a lycée or foyer (as it’s government sponsored housing). If you are unsure, check with your landlord/school/renter! Additionally, it shouldn’t apply to you if your rent is under the table (but then… No CAF either!)

When is the Taxe d’Habitation sent out?

It is sent out in October and paid in November (at the latest). Alas, many of you will have already left France. So, arrange accordingly! Perhaps keep your bank accounts open, stay in contact with your colocs / landlord, and have an account with Transferwise!

How does the French Government determine how much one pays for the Taxe d’Habitation?

The government determines the amount you owe for the Taxe d’Habitation based on where you are living on January 1st of that year. So, even if you move on January 2nd, you will still be required to pay the Taxe d’Habitation for your January 1st residence.

How much will I have to pay?

That depends on a number of things, notably your income, where you live, how many roommates you have, and how many square meters your area of residence is. Additionally, if you have a TV declared on your lease/in your house, you will automatically be required to pay an additional 136,00 euros.

For reference, our taxe d’habitation for 2015 was 362 euros (226 euros for the taxe and 136 euros for the TV.)

TV tax? What!? How do I avoid this?

If you do not have a TV in your house, be sure when filling out your tax forms to tick the box stating that there is no TV in your house. Otherwise, the French TV tax is 136,00 euros per household per year.

How does this work if I live in a colocation?

Depending on if you or your colocs filed French income taxes, alI of your names may or may not appear on the bill. However, if you live in a colocation, you are required to split the taxe d’habitation amongst your flatmates. Either, each flatmate needs to pay an equal share, or if flatmates come and go quite frequently, divide the taxe by the number of people in the house, and then by 12– each person is then required to pay the number of months they were in the house.

This year, I pay a bit more money each month directly to the landlord, which goes directly to the taxe d’habitation. Verify with your landlords if there is such an arrangement.

Overall, be open, clear, and flexible with your landlords and flatmates. Do not be afraid to work out a contract amongst you so that there are no surprises or arguments! Don’t live with people you believe will try to screw you over.

What if one of my flatmates refuses to pay the Taxe d’Habitation?

Talk with your landlords. You may be able to report them to the tax office, and have a separate bill sent to them. If you can, try to avoid this problem by talking out (and perhaps signing!) an agreement or arrangement right away.

What if I refuse to pay the Taxe d’Habitation?

Then you are an asshole. I hope the tax office (or karma) catches up with you one day.

How do I pay the Taxe d’Habitation?

There are many ways to pay it, including via the Smartphone app Impots.gouv, online at impots.gouv.fr, or via bank withdraw with your RIB.

I have left France and never received anything about a Taxe d’Habitation, either from my flatmates, landlords, or French government. What do I do/whom do I contact?

Honestly, no one. You beat the system.

Any other questions about the Taxe d’Habitation? Leave me a comment.



23 thoughts on “TAPIF Tip / Lecteur Lesson: All You Need to Know About the Taxe d’Habitation

  1. Hi there! I love your blog, it has helped me out so much this year as an assistant! Anyway, I have a quick question about the taxe d’habitation. I know I will be required to pay it even though I won’t be in France anymore. So, my question is would it be worth it for me to file French taxes in an attempt to reduce the amount I would owe for the taxe d’habitation? I’m not sure what to do since I’m not renewing my contract or planning to stay in France at all. Thanks!

    1. Hi Chelsea! Thanks for your comment! usually the taxe d’habitation is paid in the fall, and you will be required to pay it. However, it is completely separate from filing taxes. I’d say talk to your landlord/landlady and see what he or she recommends– usually there’s some sort of system in place, but it can be tricky from situation to situation! Hope it helps!

  2. I really like your response to “What if I don’t pay the taxe?” lol! We just paid our taxe this month – it was 103 euros. I wonder, what do the French do with this tax money? In the U.S. (depending on states/counties), this type of tax is used to fund public schools.

  3. I have yet to pay the taxe d’habitation because I was in soulocation for my first two years in France. The first time I had my name on a lease was last year… and they didn’t even let me have the CAF 😦 Our taxe d’habitation that I’ll have to pay soon (…but I haven’t heard anything about it, come to think of it…) is about a month of rent. Ouch!! I did NOT know the TV tax was so expensive! We have a TV that literally just sits there for decoration, we never ever watch it because we can’t get Netflix on it.

    Sending bad karma to the assholes who skipped out on their taxe d’habitation.

    1. I got my taxe in the mail about a month ago… I think the only reason I was the only one on the bill was because I filed taxes (so I could get the prime). LAME you didn’t get CAF, wtf?? I’m SO lucky with CAF and hoping I won’t get cut off once I turn 26… lol! I know! We didn’t even ask for a TV, next time I won’t hesitate to turn it away… you CAN buy an HDMI cable and hook your computer to the tv… hence Netflix 🙂 🙂 🙂

      If you never hear anything about your tax… don’t worry too much 😉

      Thanks for the bad karma! Hopefully it will go to this person’s way!

      1. Yeah, and I don’t know why!!! It might be because I’m over 26, but they’re also just really stingy with the CAF in the first arrondissement apparently, which seems silly to me. (Also, I did the simulation, filled out all the paperwork, brought in copies of my titre de sejour and passport, and THEN they told me I was ineligible. Just to make things more fun.) The lady said my lectrice salary + the 1st arrondissement + my reasonable rent made me ineligible, but I was expecting it to be based on my income the previous year (which should DEFINITELY have made me super eligible).

        Oh that’s right, we did hook up Netflix to the TV with an adaptor cable, but then I needed it for teaching and so I unhooked it. But I had forgotten about that and I was wondering why Netflix no longer worked on the TV #brainfail

      2. I think it definitely helped that I was under 26 and claimed my assistant salary first (with “no income” for the previous two years). I hate that CAF is so ridiculous and unfair… We’ll see what happens when I turn 26 in a few months… For now I’ll just enjoy it for a few more months

  4. This sounds like taxation without representation to me. I’ve known peoples to stage uprrisings for less. Foreigners in France, unite for the right to vote! 😉

    1. Ha, yes! I agree!

      It just sucks when it’s only your name on the bill and one of your former flat mates refuses to contribute the fair share (hence the motivation for this post!) santé !

      1. I never paid when living at my lycee (also didn’t file taxes…. back filed though). I think if it’s a government foyer aka CROUS or jeune travailleurs, you don’t pay as it’s government funded and based on financial need.

  5. Just one important note: university student housing does not pay a taxe d’habitation (unless the law has changed in the past few years), so if you’re housed by the CROUS, you’re off the hook.

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