Want to Research My Girlfriend Out of Her Catch 22
June 23, 2011 2:00 PM Subscribe
TLDR: Are there any in-depth, English-language guides to the French tax system?
posted by pollex to work & money (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend works in France, running her own business as a nurse. She tells me that when she started working, the government did not charge the normal income taxes (not sure if it was part or all) for the first two years, but that she is required to pay income taxes for two years after she stops working--and those taxes will be based on her final years of work (so if she pays 20,000 Euros in taxes the last year she works, she'll have to pay 20,000 Euros the next two years).
She would like to not work in France starting ASAP, but if she stops working now, she'll pay a lot of taxes--this requires her to save the equivalent of about one year's take-home pay. But how do you save that much money without working more and incurring a higher tax burden for the next year? arg!
I've urged her to seek out a way to defer this requirement (because how else could people go back to school or go raise their kids or whatever?), but even though she hasn't spoken with her accountant or the tax officials, she insists there's no way to do so.
My question is: How can I research this myself? Cursory searching has led me only to basic overviews of the French system in English, and nothing on this topic. Part of the problem is that I don't speak French fluently (though I can read it decently) and don't know the terms of art in French.
Thanks for any help you can provide!