I hope someone can assist me with something.
We have self-employment income here in France and are currently looking into filing our US tax return. As the US and France have an agreement to avoid double taxation (Totalization Agreement) we do not have to pay Social Security and Medicare in the US, however - and it's a big however - we need to provide a 'Certificate of Coverage' from our French Social Security caisse (URSAAF, RSI, RAM) with our tax return. We pay Cotisations regularly and always file French taxes.
We've been told by IRS to ask for form SE 404, the Dual Language Totalization Certificate of Coverage, but our local URSAAF does not seem to be 100% familiar with it. They have heard of it but don't thoroughly understand, yet - we're working on it - that we are expatriated and do not have a domicile in the US.
Has anyone here had to request a form SE-404, and if so, can you tell me what it is like? Is it a formatted form to fill in? Or do you just request an attestation from your French caisse that you are paying in and have it translated?
Any information would be very welcome!!
Thanks in advance, Robin