We are in the process of selling our residence secondaire in Brittany; l’Acte Authentique currently scheduled for 10 January. Taxe d’habitation demand received today, but with reduced payment options. No cheques over Euros 300, and no immediate RIB option. We’ve never had an impots.gouv.fr account as we had no income of any kind within France; and were always able to pay official bills by cheque or RIB. Whilst I have no objection to having such an account - even to pay what I hope will be our last ever tax bill - I am unable to open one remotely, since documentation has to be provided to my local finance office.
Having read elsewhere that the tax is due even if one is moving on (the principle apparently being that one benefits at the new address from the tax already having been paid on the previous property - not useful to us since we won’t be in France) I’m not sure what my best option is, from the following
- Simply ignore it; (probably not the best idea);
- Pass it on to the buyer of our house; (probably not allowed);
- Wait until we come over for the Acte Authentique and pay in person (i.e. late);
- Send a cheque or RIB with all the references attached and let the Centre des Finances work it out; (the telephone advice line does allow for an RIB option, but requires the attachment of the talon with the pre-printed data - which is not, for the first time that I recall, part of the demand document);
I’m veering towards the last option, but would be grateful for any thoughts/advice forum members may have.