The French government has announced it will refund tax agents’ fees that UK residents had to pay on the sale of French properties before 1 January 2015.
Before this date, non-French residents who were selling French property were required to appoint a représentant fiscal (tax agent) to calculate how much capital gains tax the seller had to pay.
According to solicitor David Anderson, the necessity of having a tax agent was challenged on the basis that French law differs from EU law and the matter was then taken to the European Court, where the charge was abolished.
Those who are eligible for a refund are advised to make their claim as soon as possible at the French tax office as limitation periods apply. It is advisable to make the claim by the end of the second calendar year following the year that the property was sold. This change in law only applies to EU residents; sellers from outside the EU still have to appoint a tax agent. saplaw.co.uk