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What the "F" is FAF (Fonds d'assurance formation)

Started by Patsie Fear. Last reply by Brian Milne Apr 13. 6 Replies

I have received a letter from RSI with regard to this (is it a scam one thinks).  I believe it is asking me for money 25.21 with regard to my contributions exercised in 2013.  This is for training…Continue

Can two people be registered on same Siret number

Started by Jason Plant. Last reply by Tracy Thurling Mar 29. 8 Replies

I am currently registered as an AE and doing the markets, and have been for many years, and in the past my wife has aided me, although she has been mainly looking after the children.Now my wife works…Continue

How do we register to be a Gardener now????? Urgent Help...Required...

Started by Christine Kavanagh. Last reply by mark beale Mar 28. 16 Replies

Hi - getting more frustrated with the new AE rules by the minute.   Nicholas is wanting to do a gardening/handyman business - and we've tried to look for it on the AE site - but it doesn't exist -…Continue

AE in two fields?

Started by Lyn Kingsmill. Last reply by Brian Milne Mar 20. 2 Replies

I am registered as an AE prof particulier. Someone has asked me to do some translation for him. Can I bill him using my Existing AE or do I need to register as A translator? Can I be registered in…Continue

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Comment by elaine brett on March 20, 2014 at 9:38
Thank you Alex I will read your blog now.
Comment by Alex Crowe on March 20, 2014 at 9:28

Hi Elaine - If you've been living here a while, you'll know it's unnecessarily complicated and no one actually knows for sure. But my current feeling is, if you do a declaration simple (or write a letter saying you're going to do it) by Dec 31, you're good to go the following year. At least, this is what my mayor thinks and what we did, eventually. (I've written a whole blog about our glampsite in France experience, which you can read here at some point.)

The best thing would be to go ahead and do it. Set-up costs should pay back in the first two years - tent, floor, furnishings. And you may need to replace the cover every couple of years, or buy a more long-lasting polycotton and take the tent(s) down over the winter and store in a mouse-proof place. The blog covers most things, but the rules change every second Thursday and I don't have the time to keep up to date with that - we've got a glampsite to run...

Comment by elaine brett on March 20, 2014 at 9:20
I don't intend it to be major just one tent using the facilities of the house and I am an artist so that will be my primary activity. But you never know how things could develop so will check first with mairie for clarity.
Comment by Andrew Hearne on March 20, 2014 at 8:38

you may need planning permission if you're going to be taking money/if it's a business. Best check at la mairie ;-)

Comment by elaine brett on March 19, 2014 at 22:48
Would this apply if you wanted to pitch a couple of bell tents for seasonal 'clamping' declare at Mairie/tourist office?
Comment by Brian English on March 19, 2014 at 21:08

Maybe a post to the Gite owners group would help in this matter? My recollection was the scheme was linked to the chamber of tourism or similar organisation. Again, sorry for the lack of detail but I definitely recollect it being discussed on this service as I passed the name if the regime on to a friend at the time (who cant remember either). It was about a year ago

Comment by David Mollett on March 19, 2014 at 20:27

I THINK if you're just doing a couple of rooms and only for a few months a year, you declare at the Mairie and local tourist office and just put it on your annual tax return.  That's how it was in 2010 anyway!

As it's not your main business and is seasonal the AE thing shouldn't apply.  Obviously if you're turning your whole house into Chambres d'Hote it probably would count as a business.

Comment by Elaine Rogers on March 19, 2014 at 20:08
Yes, something about simply declaring your B&B or Gite to either chamber of commerce or tourist office, I cannot remember exactly, but is definitely something other than AE for a small tourism business like accommodation. Less taxes, as far as I can remember.
I would also love to know the proper stance on this...
Comment by Brian English on March 19, 2014 at 17:27

Sorry this is a bit vague but I  seem to recall from earlier discussions there is an alternative to AE for B & Bs / Gites which has a lower tax liability. Anyone else recall this? Something linked with tourism if my poor memory serves me well.

Comment by Christine Kavanagh on March 19, 2014 at 15:58

right on your form - when you become an AE - does it tell you how much they are going to take off you ie the percentage - for me B & B we are expecting it to be 14% & the percentage for income tax  is that right


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