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Tax Advice / Accoutant

Posted by Murfyg - Created: 3 years ago
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Posted by kervéor - 3 years ago

Because alot of accountants here are specialists it is difficult to answer your question , a farm accountant does nothingbutfarm accounts .Others will help with routine enquiries into anything before passing you on.

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Posted by countrydweller - 3 years ago

Just trying to save people several hundred euros thats all

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Posted by Harry Dresden - 3 years ago

It is beyond me why people recommend a visit to the SIP or SIE?

Most of the staff do not understand the DTA nor the UK tax system and rarely care anyway.It is not their responsibilty to give out advice and there is no come-back for them if they do so. I have even come accross some who think it a big joke to put people in erroneous situations.

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Posted by John Rodney - 3 years ago

Blimey.

Muffyg and me only asked a simple question.

As much as I appreciate your imput nobody actualy answered the question.  You all seemed to have your own personal agendas.

Lets try again;  Can anyone recommend an accountant in the 22 area?

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Posted by countrydweller - 3 years ago

Yes I agree that the tax office is a brilliant place the staff are helpful and want you to get it right unlike the HMRC in the UK Also of course there are numerous organisations that can help you set up a business and give advice so I was suggesting that if a person had a query we could point him/her in the right direction or give simple help such as which pensions are taxed where as many newbies are not aware of the tax treaties etc

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Posted by Reveuse-918439 - 3 years ago

Yes you could be right Kervéor.

Even so, personally I think it's better to get the chambre de commerce to explain the different business structures, advise you which ones would be suitable and why and leave you to decide. Your accountant isn't going to run your business for you, you're the one making the decisions, and how are you going to make the most profitable decisions unless you understand the potential fiscal advantages of your particular business structure and how to exploit them, likewise the potential disadvantages and how to avoid them. That's one of the differences between a business that makes it and a business that doesn't.

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Posted by kervéor - 3 years ago

Whole heartedly agree with you about accountants but at this time of year maybe it is that type of advice they are after  setting up companies and tax implications maybe ?

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Posted by Reveuse-918439 - 3 years ago

Whatever queries they have, if it's to do with tax, I'd suggest they (a) google it to see what they think the answer should be; all the info is there online; and then (b) go to their tax office, ask them the question and see if the tax office give the same answer. If so, job done. If not, come back on here and start another discussion.

The people at the tax office are helpful and will give advice for free. And compared to trying to understand the incomprehensible info that HMRC puts out in quantities too vast to ever get through, French tax is relatively simple.

Accountants by and large are good for number crunching and signing off your business accounts but pretty hopeless as tax consultants, especially if it's something outside the box, or with an international dimension.

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Posted by kervéor - 3 years ago

The relevant forms for income tax should have been filled in months ago ,maybe it is another query the two OP's have 

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Posted by countrydweller - 3 years ago

There are plenty of people on here who can tell you who not to go to.

Likewise there are plenty of people who have lived here for years and understand the tax treaties etc and how to fill in your french tax form so if you have a specific query post it and you will get help which could save you a lot of money and/or grief!