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Given the low rates of tax in certain countries, people can underestimate the importance of tax in higher-tax jurisdictions like France. This can be an expensive mistake, as the French tax environment is very complex and anything but benign.

This is particularly true for purchases of French residential property. As with other assets, the tax efficiency of the acquisition structure on such a purchase must be considered at an early stage, and preferably before signing any pre-sale contract. Failure to adopt the right structure at the outset can have costly tax consequences.

We deliver comprehensive French tax and legal advice to private clients from all around the world. Our clientele is made of high and ultra high net worth individuals and families, trust companies and single and multi family offices.

Our expertise includes:

  • assisting individuals changing their residence, whether moving to or from France, with both general advice and in relation to any resulting litigation
  • advising private clients, both French and overseas, on the restructuring of their assets, company disposals, reinvestments, succession issues and establishment of real estate management companies
  • advising private clients and trust companies on the French tax legislation applicable to trusts and assisting with the reporting obligations
  • advising and assisting with the acquisition of French residential properties including agricultural real estate such as vineyards and stud farms
  • advising clients and executors on French estate and tax planning
  • general French tax advice and planning (e.g. wealth tax, capital gains tax and income tax)
  • tax litigation relating to wealth tax, gift tax and inheritance tax, the 3% tax etc

The French tax team of Gowling WLG, Paris comprises three partners specialising in all aspects of French tax including real estate tax, corporate tax and tax disputes, in addition to personal tax and wealth management.

Do you own, or plan to buy, a French residential property in 2016? If so, our experts have compiled a brochure that will help to guide you through the key tax aspects and most recent tax changes. The brochure also considers important trusts and French tax residence issues which may be relevant to you as the purchaser.

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