I will start again - I lost my question half way through -I don't think you got it.
We rent out our French property as a holiday home in the summer. For the first time, with a new Council, we have been asked to register with our local commune to pay the 'Taxe de Sejour' ie a small amount per night for everyone who stays in our property.
This is a local tax, requested by the commune. What we need to know is: if we register locally to pay this taxe de sejour, will this automatically mean that the main French tax authorities will then know abaout our rental and ask us to pay tax in France on our rental income?
We submit accounts in the UK for our French rental income, all received in the UK, and pay tax in the UK where there is any little profit made, but we have not registered to pay tax on the rental in France as well.
I look forward to your response.
Thank you for that. If we do approach the French tax authorities as you advise will there be any penalty to pay on the years that we have rented our house prior to registering with them, and if so how far back can they penalize us?
Many thanks - but just before I leave and happily rate your answer, how do you suggest I keep your replies so that I can access them in the future?
Thank you for your advice. I have left a rating for excellent service. We will try to get some local advice as well to make sure that if we do approach the French general tax authorities we do it properly.