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French nationals living abroad are currently excluded from most tax deductions. All taxpayers resident in France benefit from them. LREM MP Anne Genetet is proposing to extend these benefits to them, and to abolish certain compulsory deductions.

A report submitted to Édouard Philippe on Tuesday proposes measures to improve the situation of French nationals living abroad. The report deplores rules that are "either highly complex or inappropriate, and sometimes even unfair or inequitable".

Prepared by LREM MP for the French abroad Anne Genetet. This report includes a major tax component. In particular, it suggests opening up certain expense deductions and tax credits to "non-residents" living abroad, defending "greater tax justice".

Currently, these non-residents who pay taxes on their income received in France. Are excluded from most of the deductions available to taxpayers residing in France.

The report suggests, for example, to allow them to benefit from deductions related to alimony. To energy renovation or the so-called Pinel scheme. On the condition that the expenses concerned are made in France.

Another proposal. Eliminate the minimum tax rate of 20% for non-residents, which is "profoundly unfair to the lowest incomes". The report also proposes the "abolition of social levies". Such as the CSG on income from real estate assets, which is the subject of a European dispute.

Matignon supports "most" of these tracks

It's time to stop treating non-residents as potential tax exiles. And make them pay for the baseness of a tiny fraction. On the contrary, French people abroad want to be considered as full members of the national community". Anne Genetet points out.

Social security. It also suggests slowing the rise (+4.9% in 2018) in "Cotam", a contribution paid by French retirees abroad to be able to continue to benefit from healthcare reimbursements during their stay in France.

In a press release issued by Édouard Philippe, Matignon expressed its support for "most of the objectives and areas for improvement proposed in the report", particularly with regard to simplification.

He recalls the government's commitment to introducing Internet voting for consular elections and the next legislative elections in 2022.

However, the Prime Minister is more cautious in his support for the tax package: "Some [proposals] may be reflected in the financial laws to be passed at the end of the year, subject to the consultations that the government will be conducting in the coming weeks," states the Matignon press release.

No CSG hike for retirees abroad

Still with this concern for equality between residents and non-residents. Another En Marche MP, Sacha Houlié, proposes, meanwhile, in a note sent to Bercy to remove an advantage enjoyed by French retirees living abroad: exemption from the CSG. "There's a real inequality between retirees in France who have suffered a CSG hike, which we assume, and those who haven't, tax non-residents," believes the Vienne MP, reports the Echoes. To counter this "inequality", he is proposing to increase contributions for pensioners living abroad. This measure is likely to become an amendment.


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