My wife and I are planning to retire in France towards the end of the year and are currently conducting a comprehensive feasibility study. Of course, the two biggest issues to address are taxation and public health care. To date we have received a broad range of advice on each issue, however, much of it is conflicting and we have some difficulty with the authority of the sources.
We have determined that the most reliable information will come “from the horse’s mouth” so, to that end, we are going to France in May/June to speak with relevant and appropriate “horses”. My reason in contacting the SF forum is to ask if anyone can provide us with the names and contact information of expert comptables_ and notaires who will be able to provide us with sound, reliable advice. Ideally, they will be English-speaking as, although my wife speaks French, we don’t want to risk misinterpretation of any advice given. The perfect contacts (and this will be a stretch!) will also have experience in advising Australian expats.
As we are led to believe that French tax laws are interpreted at a regional level, we need to speak with expert comptables and notaires in both Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie, regions within which we intend to settle.
I sincerely hope that some SF members can advise accordingly as, given the gravity of relocating from Australia to France, we need to be sure that our ducks are perfectly aligned!
Thanking you in anticipation…