Hello all, I’m new to this forum. I’ll bypass all the introductory’s and just get to my question, otherwise this would be a long post (its going to be long anyway).
I’ve tried for a while to find out the principles and guidelines for the taxe d’habitation. Granted, my French stinks…but anything I can find seems to dance around my primary questions. My wife and I are from the US and looking at possibly buying a house. House is not inhabited at the moment (for quite some time). Nor do we intend to inhabit it for a few years as it would be a project for later. My initial questions about the tax are: When does it come into effect? Is it only once the property is started to be lived in? What’s constitutes that? How is the tax calculated (this one baffles me as I’ve found nothing). Does that calculation differ for non French citizens? What about foreigners who have said house as a 2nd property? Does the size/surface of the property factor in? What about owner’s income (I’ve seen small bits about that somehow factoring in)? I’ll stop here…but as you can tell I’ve been able to find very little information. Quite honestly, the prospect of us buying a property probably hinges on this tax and how it would affect our budget and years down the road. This property idea would be for our retirement years, so as you would guess, budget is pretty important.
Sorry for the long post, but I imagine you’ll understand given the topic.