I have been asked the question “Can I get a discount on my Taxe d’Habitation in France” several times lately by my English clients who have a holiday home in France.

As the exchange rate is not good, they don’t come as often as they used to and wonder if they can get a discount on their French Taxe d’habitation.

The answer is NO, unfortunately.

The taxman has already taken into consideration that your place is a holiday home and not your main residence. At the back of your tax, it says S for ‘Secondaire’.

Do you have a television in your French holiday home? If you don’t, let the tax office know so you won’t get charged for it. It is just under €140.

It is added to the Taxe d’Habitation.

Editor’s Note

Please bear in mind that owners of holiday homes in France must pay the full amount when it comes to their Taxe or Redevance d’Enlèvement des Ordures Ménagères (TEOM) for their refuse collections: they are not entitled to any sort of discount, even if the property is empty most of the time.

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