I’m retired, living in Caen, receiving UK state pension directly into my bank account here. Haven’t worked since arriving here last summer, and haven’t yet told the French tax authority that I’m here. (My income has been below the UK tax threshold and HMRC told me I don’t need to do a tax return).
Carte vitale comes courtesy of the UK health form (forgotten the name). The health system also lists me as chronic sick – ALD - which means the mutuelle doesn’t have to pay much for my long, long list of meds and treatments.
In the New Year I’m hoping to start some consultancy work (marketing and PR) for friends and former colleagues in Southampton.
Most of the project will be done by a UK based TV production co, who also have a co in France. One of the directors (colleague of mine for 30 years) who used to live and work here suggests that they employ me from the London office, either on PAYE or on a simple monthly fee freelance basis. They obviously use many freelances and report payments to HMRC [not sure how / when].
My only expenses will be about £250-300 a month for ferry and hotel. Phone calls to the UK are all free with my Orange Fibre deal (or, technically, all in the price) and I pay about £50 a month for various internet subs. I’m happy to wrap these into my monthly fee or wage rate if I go on PAYE.
“That will be a lot simpler than setting up as a microentrepreneur in France. As far as we’re concerned we will be paying for work you do in the Uk on your regular visits to. We could employ you in our Paris studio but I think that will also be complicated,” he said.
So… do I just go back to HMRC and say “some earnings coming in, please put me back in the system” to pay UK tax? And then in the fullness of time tell some branch of the French govt that I have earned £xx in the UK on which I have paid UK tax?
Any and all advice grat rec.