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When Expatriates Become Impatriates

According to a press release dated December 11, 2003, the French Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, organized a meeting among the other government ministers to discuss taking measures towards ‘enhancing the appeal of France’ among foreigners. Though initially sounding a bit vague, this statement quickly led to the dawning of a new French policy; heretofore considering EXpatriates as IMpatriates. This small lexical change demonstrates their willingness to adapt and modify their laws to better serve the needs of our IMpatriate friends.

Natalia Eklund, Assistant in International Development Audit de France-SODIP, an international partner with Ironbridge Group, analyzed the initiatives for us in a form we could digest:

“The first priorities are threefold: attracting skills, international investment, and targeting key sectors for development. These goals present a large benefit for international business relations in particular. For those impatriates working in France with their company, life just became a bit easier. In their effort to attract skills, the French government decided on ‘radical improvement in conditions of entry and residence for impatriate managers and their families.'”

These changes in the law will be detailed further by Natalia in today’s issue of French Property Insider and discussed at length at the Living and Investing in France Conference by our immigration experts, attorneys and particularly by John Gosch, CPA Partner of Irongbridge Group. John will be presenting information on the U.S. and French tax filing responsibilities of U.S. citizens abroad, an overview of French tax exposure, how the French/U.S. Treaty benefits us, offering hypothetical situations (e.g. U.S. taxpayer with a certain profile and what the tax liability would be) and making a comparison of retiring in France vs the Good Ol’ U.S. of A.

One of the most important changes to affect us is that “some tax rules have been adapted for impatriates. Under French law, an individual will be considered a French-resident if he or she has his or her home (including family), principal residence (183-day rule), professional activity, or center of economic interests in France. That said, individuals considered French-residents are taxed on their worldwide income, while non-residents are taxed only on their French-source income and assets.”

“These measures are among over forty others, concerning this new French policy. Their changes should be put in place during the first quarter of 2004, but more changes are to come, since a second government seminar has been set for the summer of 2004. We can look forward not only to changes benefiting the working expatriate, but also benefiting the student, researcher, artist, and filmmaker; and most especially, the NGO, finance center, R&D, and business entrepreneur.”

“What a difference a lexical change can make.”

Natalia Eklund
for Parler Paris

A la prochaine…


Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
E-mail: [email protected]

P.S. February 15th is the deadline for conference registrations entitled to the Early Bird Discount of $100. If you are at all thinking of joining us in San Francisco, please contact Schuyler Hoffman as soon as possible Toll Free in the U.S. at 1-877-457-2747 or by Email: [email protected]

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Charles Hobson, Producer, working with Arté and NHK (Japan), is producing a PBS/French film about the Jazz scene in Paris between the two world wars. It will look at how African-Americans and later French jazz musicians helped to create an important cultural legacy. The film is being made for “Great Performances” perhaps the most important performing arts program on television. The film will actually end in 1953 and we are looking for scholars, photographs and people who were or had family in Paris during this period.

If you have any information to assist him, email Charles Hobson at Parler_Paris_Reader_Jazz_Paris


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