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New accessibility regulations for public places

Started by Colette Wilkinson. Last reply by Andrew Hearne Mar 24. 6 Replies

HiI received an attachment from the Tourist Board which even when I translated didn't make sense. The DDTM Aude has given out certain dates for compliance of disabled access for all public…Continue

Changing Bank Details & Address

Started by Suzanne Fitzgerald. Last reply by Jemima Winder Mar 23. 18 Replies

Right I've done as I believe I am supposed to...not that any officialdom has told me so as of yet...but I've opened a separate bank account to receive my invoice payments in. Now the next step is to…Continue

Tags: Social, Banking, Charges, Impots, France

Impots - prélèvement libératoire as AE or not?

Started by Angela Nguema. Last reply by Angela Nguema Mar 23. 4 Replies

Hi everybody,Two months into this AE adventure, I noticed I've opted for 'prélèvement libératoire' tax to be paid  monthly with my online declarations, before really beinng aware I had any other…Continue

Not yet resident, "dazed & confused" need clear sequential "To do List'......

Started by HILARY JANE DUNK. Last reply by Jane Williamson Mar 14. 3 Replies

Hello all,I am at the point where I need to start doing something about progressing to living over here in France on a full time basis.I have obviously, been consulting the discussions on this site…Continue

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Comment by Steve YATES on October 12, 2014 at 9:14

When I read the rules for the CESU system thinking I would use it to pay someone to build a veranda for me, I came to the conclusion that it was far too complicated and potentially dangerous if you would be paying the same person on a regular basis. For example, they could ask for an employment contract and holiday pay.  It really does just seem suitable for people doing a few hours for a few different "employers".  

Comment by Robert Scotton on October 11, 2014 at 14:44

From what I gather Veronique cheque emploi is similar to PAYE in the UK. There are rules to be observed, presumably, limits to be applied. Then the social charges to pay on top of course, which is almost double. Then, if you are a taxpayer you can claim some of this back I understand. All sounds like a complete headache to me. Of course I haven't grown up with the system. Plus, they, the ordinary householder has to have an employers insurance as well.

When I ran a PAYE system for the people working for me in the UK I wouldn't call that simple. Much easier just to paye the individual and let them worry about their own tax liabilities as we do in the UK. Unless you are an Employer.

Which system would I far, the UK model.

Comment by Véronique Langlands on October 11, 2014 at 13:52

??? Chèque emploi service is EASY!! What do you mean responsibilities that go with it? Apart from paying social charges as any employer should, there aren't any. It really is simple. There is no 'chèque emploi status' it is just a way of LEGALLY employing somebody to do odd-jobs or one-off bits of work. If you think employing a person legally gives you headaches, try doing it on the black.

Comment by Sharon Went on October 11, 2014 at 13:21

Thanks for the advice, in some ways it has become a little clearer and I think I should be aiming for CDD status but I know that the school is not keen on this (I don't want to jeopardise getting this job).  There is a possibility that I could have a couple of private students as well....that sounds like I'd have to do cheque emploi as well...I agree Robert, it is all rather a mess!!

Comment by Robert Scotton on October 11, 2014 at 12:29

I was going to suggest "cheque emploi" but didn't know exactly the conditions required. What a dreadfully complicated system the french have created for themselves. If I were a private individual there is no way I would want to offer my gardener a cheque emploi status simply because of the responsibilities that go with it. My french neighbour does it for her gardener and I regularly copy all the documents she has to produce. Well, every 3 months anyway?

These are the sort of changes that the government need to look at "post haste" in my opinion. There must be thousands and thousands of people willing to work but can't for one reason or another???

Comment by Véronique Langlands on October 11, 2014 at 12:01

Vacataire status applies only to the public sector (Education Nationale) so you need a CDD stipulating part-time work from the company who have set up the school.

Lots of private companies talk about emplying people with vacataire status but it has no legal basis at all where they are concerned.

Another possibility might be cheque emploi-service but again I'm not sure a commercial entity can pay people that way, just private individuals.

Comment by Katie Osborne on October 11, 2014 at 11:51

sharon you could be asked to be paid as a "vacataire" which is a temporary contract and most language schools offer this to non AE people.  As you also need to be able to invoice at least 2 companies to be an AE - otherwise you are considered as an employee.

Comment by Sharon Went on October 11, 2014 at 11:20

Hi there, I wonder if anyone can advise; I'm due to start running English language classes two days a week and will have to register as an AE in order to invoice the company that have set up the school.  I don't really want to go down this road and someone mentioned to my OH that I can invoice another way, using a 'cheque de something'...sorry to be vague but this wasn't a direct conversation!  Is there any other way apart from AE or ME?

Comment by Louise Doddrell on June 2, 2014 at 10:49

I am in the Centre, the Loiret (45) not far from Orléans and Fontainebleau.

Comment by Rachael Fillatre on June 2, 2014 at 7:56

Hi Louise, I'm in the Gers and you?


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