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.