We recently received a wonderfully expensive Christmas gift from the Taxe office in Albi, Tarn: a Taxe Fonciere bill of over four times what we have been paying until now!
We bought our house almost exactly 3 years ago and naturally checked out, in advance, what we would be paying in taxes for the house. At the time, the figure was €630 p.a. Which we have duly been paying monthly.
It is now €2660!!!!!
Last September we were sent a form to complete for the Cadastre office - how many rooms/how many loos/how much land etc etc. We didn't receive this. They sent another one in February, which I did complete and send off. They didn't receive it.
So they sent us a letter saying they had made an estimation on the house themselves and the bill would be €3200!! I went to the office, in horror, to ask what the increase was about and they said that as we hadn't responded (or they hadn't received the form I sent), they had just made this figure up to scare us into action (they did actually admit to doing this!
We then had a man come and measure up the house to establish officially how big it is etc etc and it was reduced to €2660.
In going through the old files on our house at the Cadastre office, it was discovered that the Taxe Fonciere for our house was based on a form completed in 1970!!! We know the French ex-owner and he says that he can't possibly understand how it can have increased so much. He had the house for the previous 17 years and while he did improve it internally, he didn't add anything - ie bathrooms/central heating. And he was never sent any forms to update information.
Why hasn't anyone from the Cadastre office visited the house for the past 40 years to ensure their records are up to date? Which has meant that we are now obliged to pay a huge amount more (we probably wouldn't have bought the house had we known the correct level of tax).
Has anyone had a similar situation? And what dod you do? Is it worth trying to fight it?