Tuesday, 2 November 2010

The taxe d'habitation is due soon!

Now the taxe foncière has just been paid, the taxe d'habitation has just arrived in my letterbox in France.

How can I pay my taxe d'habitation?

The Taxe d'habitation has to be paid by 15th November 2010 for French residents (15th December for holiday homes). If you own a house in France, unless you bought it this year (2010), you will receive this tax directly.

It is paid in arrears which means you pay in November 2010 for the year 2010.

!!! If you don't send your payment on time, you will get a reminder with an extra 10% to pay!

How to pay your Taxe d'habitation?

You can pay the tax online prior to 20th November or December for holiday homes. See on your tax (avis d'imposition) the different reference numbers (numéro fiscal, Référence de l'avis, etc) and the tax office web site. It is rather straight-forward. See this link here to find out how to pay French taxes online.

You can also send a cheque made payable to the Trésor Public. (lucky him!)

A TIP is another solution. Send the bottom slip after dating and signing it together with a RIB (bank details) in the provided envelope before 15th November 2010.

To make life easier for next year, you can set up a monthly direct debit. You will pay the tax in 11 installments from January to November. So when you receive the tax, it is already paid for.

I have been paying my taxes that way for a couple of years and I can assure you it is a great peace of mind.

For the ones who have not paid yet, there are only 13 days left before the deadline!

If you require assistance with paying your tax online or setting up a direct debit, please contact me here. I will be pleased to help.


  1. Thank you so much for the clear information. I have been searching online for over an hour on how to pay (what to do with the slip etc.) just to make sure I do it right as we don't live in France. You answered all my questions in two minutes!
    Thank you.

  2. You are very welcome. Thank you for taking the time to put a comment. I get a lot of hits but I don't know how useful my entries are!

    1. Hi,
      Our Taxe d'habitation is due on 17th December (Avis d'impot 2012). Unfortunately gite bookings haven't materialised so we don't have the money to pay it. I understand we can set up payment by monthly instalments, which would help tremendously. But; are we too late for that for this bill? In other words, if we set up instalment payments now, will the payments taken be in respect of 2013's bill, leaving us with our present predicament unsolved?!
      Many thanks

  3. Thank you for your message.
    Indeed if you set up monthly instalments, it will be for next year’s tax.
    If you don’t pay your taxe d’habitation on time, the tax man will charge you an extra 10% for late payment from 18th December 2012.
    If you don’t pay your tax, you will get a reminder then if the tax is still not paid, the tax man can seize your French bank account..

    1. Thank you for your reply, Rachel. Will have to go to the tax office in the morning to see if they will accept a delay in payment till perhaps the end of January.