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Economy and Banking Sector of France

Withholding Tax

Withholding taxes are imposed at source of income and are often applied to dividends, interest, royalties, rent and similar payments. The rates of withholding tax are often reduced by double taxation agreements.

Withholding Tax Rates in France: 0.0 - 30.0%

Withholding tax rates applied on payments of interest and dividends in France are shown in Table 1.

Dividends Interest
Natural Persons (residents) 21.0 %24.0 %
Natural Persons (non-residents) 30.0 %0.0 %
Table 1. Withholding tax rates in France.

Double Taxation Agreements

Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) is an agreement between two or more countries for the avoidance of double taxation.

DTAs of France: 113 Signed Agreements

France signed DTAs which already came info force with the following jurisdictions (for agreements which came into force after 1 January 2013 the date of coming into force is given in brackets):

AL Albania
DZ Algeria
AR Argentina
AM Armenia
AU Australia
AT Austria
AZ Azerbaijan
BH Bahrain
BD Bangladesh
BE Belgium
BJ Benin
BO Bolivia
BA Bosnia and Herzegovina
BW Botswana
BR Brazil
BG Bulgaria
BF Burkina Faso
CM Cameroon
CA Canada
CF Central African Republic
CL Chile
CN China
CD Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
CI Cote D'Ivoire
HR Croatia
CY Cyprus
CZ Czech Republic
EC Ecuador
EG Egypt
EE Estonia
ET Ethiopia
FI Finland
GA Gabon
GE Georgia
DE Germany
GH Ghana
GR Greece
GN Guinea
HK Hong Kong
HU Hungary
IS Iceland
IN India
ID Indonesia
IR Iran, Islamic Republic of
IE Ireland
IL Israel
IT Italy
JM Jamaica
JP Japan
JO Jordan
KZ Kazakhstan
KR Korea, Republic of
KW Kuwait
LV Latvia
LB Lebanon
LY Libya
LT Lithuania
LU Luxembourg
MK Macedonia
MG Madagascar
MW Malawi
MY Malaysia
ML Mali
MT Malta
MR Mauritania
MU Mauritius
MX Mexico
MC Monaco
MN Mongolia
ME Montenegro
MA Morocco
NA Namibia
NL Netherlands
NZ New Zealand
NE Niger
NG Nigeria
NO Norway
OM Oman
PK Pakistan
PA Panama
PH Philippines
PL Poland
PT Portugal
QA Qatar
RO Romania
RU Russian Federation
SA Saudi Arabia
SN Senegal
RS Serbia
SG Singapore
SK Slovakia
SI Slovenia
ZA South Africa
ES Spain
LK Sri Lanka
SE Sweden
CH Switzerland
SY Syrian Arab Republic
TH Thailand
TG Togo
TT Trinidad and Tobago
TN Tunisia
TR Turkey
UA Ukraine
AE United Arab Emirates
GB United Kingdom
US United States
UZ Uzbekistan
VE Venezuela
VN Vietnam
ZM Zambia
ZW Zimbabwe

There are also several agreements between France and other jurisdictions which were signed but haven't yet come into force (for agreements signed after after 1 January 2013 of signing the agreement is given in brackets):

KE Kenya

Information Exchange

There are 3 ways for jusrisdictions to exchange information on tax matters:

  • spontaneously;
  • on request;
  • automatically.

Spontaneous exchange of information is provision of information that is forseeably relevant to another party without a request being previously sent.

Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) enable exchange of information on request relating to a specific tax investigation, either criminal or civil.

Automatic information exchange allows jurisdictions to exchange information automatically, without having a specific tax investigation.

Exchange on Request: 29 Signed Agreements

France signed TIEAs which already came info force with the following jurisdictions (for agreements which came into force after 1 January 2013 the date of coming into force is given in brackets):

AD Andorra
AI Anguilla
AG Antigua and Barbuda
AW Aruba (Apr 2013)
BS Bahamas
BZ Belize
BM Bermuda
VG British Virgin Islands
KY Cayman Islands
CK Cook Islands
CR Costa Rica
CW Curacao
DM Dominica
GI Gibraltar
GD Grenada
GG Guernsey
IM Isle of Man
JE Jersey
LR Liberia
LI Liechtenstein
KN Saint Kitts and Nevis
LC Saint Lucia
VC Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
SM San Marino
SX Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
TC Turks and Caicos Islands
UY Uruguay
VU Vanuatu

There are also several agreements between France and other jurisdictions which was signed but haven't yet come into force (for agreements signed after 1 January 2013 of signing the agreement is given in brackets):

BN Brunei Darussalam

Automatic Exchange: Starts in September 2017

France signed the automatic information exchange agreement on 29 October 2014 and committed to start the automatic information exchange in September 2017.

Automatic Excnange: 57 Bilateral Agreements to Receive Information

France has signed bilateral agreements with 57 jurisdictions to automatically receive information:

AD Andorra
AR Argentina
AU Australia
AT Austria
BE Belgium
BQ Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
BR Brazil
BG Bulgaria
CA Canada
CN China
CO Colombia
HR Croatia
CY Cyprus
CZ Czech Republic
DK Denmark
EE Estonia
FO Faroe Islands
FI Finland
DE Germany
GI Gibraltar
GR Greece
GL Greenland
GG Guernsey
HU Hungary
IS Iceland
IN India
IE Ireland
IM Isle of Man
IT Italy
JP Japan
JE Jersey
KR Korea, Republic of
LV Latvia
LI Liechtenstein
LT Lithuania
LU Luxembourg
MY Malaysia
MT Malta
MU Mauritius
MX Mexico
MC Monaco
NL Netherlands
NZ New Zealand
NO Norway
PL Poland
PT Portugal
RO Romania
SM San Marino
SC Seychelles
SK Slovakia
SI Slovenia
ZA South Africa
ES Spain
SE Sweden
CH Switzerland
GB United Kingdom
UY Uruguay

Automatic Excnange: 69 Bilateral Agreements to Send Information

France has signed bilateral agreements with 69 jurisdictions to automatically send information:

AD Andorra
AI Anguilla
AR Argentina
AU Australia
AT Austria
BE Belgium
BZ Belize
BM Bermuda
BQ Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
BR Brazil
VG British Virgin Islands
BG Bulgaria
CA Canada
KY Cayman Islands
CN China
CO Colombia
CR Costa Rica
HR Croatia
CY Cyprus
CZ Czech Republic
DK Denmark
EE Estonia
FO Faroe Islands
FI Finland
DE Germany
GI Gibraltar
GR Greece
GL Greenland
GG Guernsey
HU Hungary
IS Iceland
IN India
ID Indonesia
IE Ireland
IM Isle of Man
IT Italy
JP Japan
JE Jersey
KR Korea, Republic of
LV Latvia
LI Liechtenstein
LT Lithuania
LU Luxembourg
MY Malaysia
MT Malta
MU Mauritius
MX Mexico
MC Monaco
MS Montserrat
NL Netherlands
NZ New Zealand
NO Norway
PL Poland
PT Portugal
RO Romania
LC Saint Lucia
VC Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
WS Samoa
SM San Marino
SC Seychelles
SK Slovakia
SI Slovenia
ZA South Africa
ES Spain
SE Sweden
CH Switzerland
TC Turks and Caicos Islands
GB United Kingdom
UY Uruguay

Further Information

FATCA

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) which became law in the United States in March 2010, focuses on reporting made by foreign financial institutions about financial accounts held by US taxpayers or foreign entities in which US taxpayers hold a substantial ownership interest. The FATCA-reporting is facilitated by Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs).

FATCA Status in France
IGA in effect since 14 November 2013, Model 1

France has FATCA agreement with the U.S. in effect since 14 November 2013 (Intergovernmental Agreement Model 1). Financial institutions operating in France are required to identify U.S. taxpayers by January 1, 2017 and to report the information for 2017 and the subsequent years. The agreement is reciprocal: French financial accounts hold in U.S. financial institutions will be reported to French authorities.

Further Information