A New Year is often regarded as synonymous with new beginnings. However, one thing that is unlikely to change much in 2020 is the enduring popularity of France as a place for independent professionals from around the world to contract.
Associated with the finest in cuisine, fashion and the arts, France remains a sought-after contracting destination, even putting aside the merits of the professional opportunities that contractors may be offered in the country.
So, what are some of the less ‘glamorous’ aspects of life as a contractor in France that you should be mindful of before committing to a move to this part of Europe?
Your need for a visa or work permit
The good news is that if you are a national of a country in the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you do not require a work permit in order to take advantage of professional openings in France. Otherwise, it is likely that you will need to formally seek a visa and work permit, as our own contractor accountants in France can advise you on.
Your tax obligations
The tax rates and bands to which you are subject in France will depend on your earnings level and marital or family status. Income tax rates in the country in 2019, for example, ranged from 0% for those earning up to €9,964, right up to more than 40% for workers with incomes of €73,779 upwards.
Your travel plans beyond France
Will your line of work as a contractor in France necessitate you crossing national borders? If so, our contractor accountants in France would remind you that as the country is a signatory of the Schengen Treaty, alongside such other nations as Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Italy, you will be able to travel freely throughout the Schengen zone.
Your healthcare needs
France is noted for the quality and accessibility of its healthcare system, even for those coming from overseas. Temporary visitors to the country from the EU, EEA or Switzerland are able to access public healthcare if they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), while foreigners can enjoy state healthcare through the Protection Universelle Maladie (PUMA) system if they have resided in the country for longer than three months.
Your employment status
If you are looking to work in this culturally diverse and rewarding country on a contract basis in 2020, don’t hesitate to speak to our contractor accountants in France here at Link Global Management. There’s much that you will need to pay close attention to if you are to minimize your tax and social security liabilities here, while remaining on the right side of French legislation. Partner with us, and we will help you to achieve precisely this, while also taking care of your French tax return every year.
Few organizations are as renowned as ours when it comes to keeping track of ever-evolving requirements in relation to tax and payroll for contractors around the globe – so why contact any other firm to request such specialized expertise?
Call +44 (0)203 829 7221 or send our team an email to discuss your most specific requirements for your contracting activities in 2020, and how we could best serve you in meeting them.