Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

8 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expat secret bank accounts being investigated by Portuguese taxman

The Portuguese taxman is investigating overseas accounts held by foreign national residents as well as non-residents and accounts held by Portuguese nationals. Recent reports in local media revealed Portugal’s tax authority is investigating a million so-called ‘secret accounts’ held offshore by both foreign residents and non-residents as well as by Portuguese nationals. It’s claimed the accounts surfaced after an information-sharing move including 50 countries worldwide was put into place. Apparently, the owners of some 71 per...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Where next for the world’s mega-banks and expat financiers post-Brexit?

Dublin wins out over European cities for luring London-based financial services firms. The question over which European city will gain the most financial services companies fleeing the UK to avoid Brexit’s consequences has now been answered. Out of some 332 financial services firms who’ve moved out of the UK, 115 have chosen the Republic of Ireland’s capital, Dublin. Luxembourg gained second place with 71 and Paris attracted 69, whilst Frankfurt’s 45 and Amsterdam’s 40 making up the total in losses to the UK economy....
14 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats urged to protect against new-build deposit loss

British expats living overseas and investing in a new-build UK property are being warned they may lose their deposits. Whether the purchase is for investment purposes or because the buyer is returning to the UK after living overseas, expats are at risk of losing their initial deposits if they’ve decided on a new-build property. Typically, developers will expect a 10 per cent deposit linked to strict rules as to how or even if the deposit can be redeemed should the sale not go ahead. Nowadays, increasing numbers of would-be expat...
2 Oct at 6 PM 2019

French company to dump Brit expat employees without residency permits

A France-based major employer of expats is demanding all its British staff produce the French carte de sejour residency certification within six months of the UK’s leaving the EU. The order came after French lawmakers decided to allow British citizens a full year’s grace period in order to secure their futures in the country. The company concerned employs a large number of British expats in France, including many working from home or part-time, all of whom who’ve received an email ordering them to submit their residency permits...
23 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in EU call discrimination over post-Brexit free heathcare

Protesting British expats are saying the Spanish government has done more to help them to help them than has the UK government . During an anti-Brexit demonstration in Malaga held by British expats, one protestor told reporters Spain had done far more for Brits than has the UK, a sentiment echoed by UK expatriates in Germany and France. Given that retired Britons over the age of 65 make up one third of all UK citizens living in Spain, expats’ major concern is losing access to the country’s free healthcare. In spite of endless...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Is renouncing US citizenship the only way expats can fight FATCA?

It’s official – more than 20 per cent of American expats are planning on giving up their US citizenship and quoting FATCA as the reason. The disclosure came as a result of an expat survey by a major USA tax consultancy firm and reaffirms what every American expat believes – double taxation is a burden which needs to be cancelled outright. Citizenship renunciation is a hard decision to make, but complying with FATCA’s onerous laws is even harder and certainly more expensive in the long run. Most believe change is necessary, but...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Expats in French village terrified over no deal Brexit

Expats in a charming French village are living in fear of a no deal Brexit. British expats make up a quarter of the population of the quaint French village of Gouarec, and are becoming more and more anxious about their futures as the clock winds down to October 31. Their fears are focused on access to French healthcare and their pension entitlements, as well as losing their rights to free movement as many have family and friends back in the UK. As has been the case since the 2016 referendum, they’ve been unable to get concrete...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Health and environmental concerns now as important for expats as salaries

Nowadays, emigration isn’t just about high salaries and a luxury lifestyle, as health, wellbeing and the environment feature ever more strongly in would-be expats’ destination choices. Perhaps because of the scary changes in world weather, the looming threat of global warning has raised environmental consciousness and how climate can affect health and wellbeing, especially when choices are being made as regards expat professional destinations. The rise of poor air quality in mega-cities as well as in favourite retirement locations...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

British government gives £3 million to help UK expats in EU get residency

The British government is setting up a £3 million fund aimed at helping UK citizens living in the EU prepare for Brexit. The money will be distributed to voluntary organisations and charities and will be focused on those having problems filling out the necessary forms for residency. Those helped will include the disabled, pensioners, Britons living in remote areas and those who need assistance with translations. It’s not known how many of the estimated 1.3 million British expats living in the European Union will need assistance,...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Retired Brit expats in EU to get state pension upgrade of £200 for three years

Retired British expats living in EU member state are being promised an annual £200 pension increase for three years following a no-deal Brexit. In a move aimed at quashing scare tactics suggesting British expat pensioners in the EU would lose out after a no-deal Brexit, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has guaranteed the increase for British retirees in the EU, including those in Cyprus, Spain, Portugal and France. The current British state pension is £168 a week, with the triple lock-based increase amounting to £16.66 a...