What are the French tax obligations when you decide to rent out furnished property in France?

You own property in France and you have decided to rent it out furnished? Let us guide you through the administrative process step by step!

1. Choose your income tax « régime » wisely

As a furnished property landlord, you have the choice between two very different income tax regimes for the taxation of profits from furnished property:

The Micro-BIC regime : 50% lump sum allowance on your annual turnover
You are de facto eligible for Micro-BIC if your gross revenue does not exceed 70.000€

The réel simplifié : you can deduct your annual charges and amortization of the property and furniture. This is usually the most attractive régime in 85% of all cases as it allows landlords to pay less taxes on this revenue, if any.

If your eligible costs and amortization exceed 50% of your gross revenues, then the best choice is the régime réel. Here is a list of the main expenses you can deduct :
– furniture
– notary and agency fees if the purchase is a property investment and you haven’t lived in it.
– renovation works
– property insurance
– local property taxes
– common area maintenance charges
– rental management costs (agency fees)
– loan interests and fees associated with said loan
– loan insurance
– depreciation of the property
– depreciation of the furniture

To find out in 1 minute which régime suits you, you can use our free simulator (if you are not a resident of France, your tax rate is 20% on all your french income + 17,2% of social security déductions).

2. Register your activity

The first step however, wether you choose the micro-BIC or Réel, is to register your business with the P0i form, to the commercial court administrative service of the town where the property is located.

On this form you have to check the chosen régime and point out the date your activity started. It could be the date you bought it, which will help you deduce the purchasing charges, or the day the rental began if you lived in the property before or if it was rented out unfurnished. Here is the link to fill out the form.

You will then receive a SIRET number which will help you fill out the Tax Return (liasse fiscale 2031-2033) and send it to the financial administrator.

3. The tax return

The Micro-BIC regime : All you have to do here is declare your gross revenues on the annexe 2042 CPro of the regular tax return 2042 in the micro-BIC box.
The deadline to send it to the financial administrator is late may/early june.

The réel simplifié : Under the régime réel, a special tax return called 2031-2033 is necessary. It’s the equivalent of the balance sheet and income statement for this activity.
The deadline is on the second working day in May.
You then have to copy the fiscal result on the annexe 2042 CPro of the regular tax return 2042 in the réel box.

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