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Maribeth replied to the thread Taxation in France on the France forum on August 30, 2015:
Caz15 initially posted:
My partner and I are both British and looking to buy and renovate a property in the Langeudoc Roussilon area. We will be retiring there and not looking for work, we also have private health plans. However, our income is not huge and on discussing our move recently, we were told that foreigners are targetted to pay huge amounts in tax on everything. Can someone who actually lives there give me a true picture of what we can expect. Thank you
Maribeth replied on August 30, 2015 with:
Are you talking about income taxes? I'm sure others may have more to say. My husband is British and as long as he shows his taxes are paid in UK, France does not tax him. BTW, our house is for sale since we spend more time in the US (or can be rented while you house hunt). We are in the Ariege though.
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festayre replied to the thread Retirement to South France on the France forum:
marksi1 initially posted:
We're just beginning to explore retirement overseas and France is most intriguing, along with Spain and Italy. My biggest initial concern is with continuing to receive my Social Security benefits and healthcare. What can you tell me?
festayre replied on August 22, 2015 with:
There is no problem with health cover for british citizens in France however in some cases you may have to pay in advance and get reimbursed. If I go to see my doctor here in France I pay him 23euros directly and that is then automatically reimbursed to me by the Social Security. Phil https://plus.google.com/u/0/105868986381765365636/about
RubyTooz replied on July 07, 2015 with:
Retired Americans can buy into the French "sécurité sociale" after a few months of residency, if their intention is to become permanent residents. The premium amount is approximately 8% of annual income (based on 2 yrs prior, I believe), over the threshold of around 9,000 euros. You still need to have private insurance for the first year to get the visa and to be covered during the application process.
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festayre replied to the thread Health insurance ? on the France forum:
Katharineboyd initially posted:
I'm married to a French citizen. We are moving to France next year. Am I covered by the national system?
festayre replied on August 22, 2015 with:
If your husband is covered then you will be covered under his carte "vitale" Phil https://plus.google.com/u/0/105868986381765365636/about
Lindesu replied on August 14, 2015 with:
And I should also clarify that my daughter has not changed her citizenship. She is still considered an American citizen. I don't know if dual citizenship is even available. But I feel certain that French citizenship is NOT automatically bestowed based upon marriage.
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xantippe replied to the thread Recommended Reading on the France forum:
StationsEnd initially posted:
Hello. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my husband and I have, just recently, started to explore the possibility of retiring outside of the United States. I’m reading the many wonderful posts and articles on this website and have begun reading the book titled “How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad” by Kathleen Peddicord. I also hope to read: “The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget: How to Live Well on $25,000 a Year” by Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher; “Getting Out: Your Guide to Leaving America” by Mark Ehrman and Cletus Nelson; and “I Don't Know Where I Want to Be - But It Isn't Here” by Suzie Hammond. I would appreciate your feedback on any of these books as well as suggestions for additional books, forums, or websites on moving abroad in general or, more specifically, moving to France or Portugal. Thank you.
xantippe replied most recently with:
Check the published dates of the books you are reading, as some are very out of date now. Prices have increased, visa requirements have changed and a number of other things. Be sure to read Culture shock France, very enlightening and will help stop you making some glaring cultural mistakes. Check out Frenchentree.com as well.
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MRW17 posted Job App. in French or English? on the France forum:
Hello, I'm applying for jobs in France. For one job, the job listing is written in English (while the job itself is in France). Do I write my CV in French or English? The company is based in Spain. Thank you!
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Ryn posted Early Retirement Questions on the France forum:
I am exploring the idea of buying and old villa with a git. Questions: 1. I am 50 - do I qualify for the national insurance that I heard is rather affordable after my first year or do I have to be the official retirement age? I do understand I need to buy insurance for year one from a local broker. 2. Is permanent residency difficult to achieve? I am concerned about buying this property and then being denied or finding I can only live there for a few months of the year. 3. Can I run the git as an Expat? I read something that made me think I could not be employed. Thanks!
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Aga Marchewka offers great advice on delving into the French culture in Lyon, France. Find out what you can do in the third biggest city in France... for free! (Continue)
Tigerman55 replied most recently with:
Hi Aga, Thanks for the interesting facts about Lyon. My wife and I enjoyed two weeks staying in an apartment in the old town. We loved Lyon so much we are going back again in September. As you so rightly say Lyon is a truely wonderful place to visit. To all who have not been there, I recommend you do.
sarakhan replied recently with:
very nice and authentic.
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frabound replied to the thread Cost of private health insurance on the France forum:
StationsEnd initially posted:
Hello. My husband and I have, just recently, started to explore the possibility of retiring outside of the United States and are currently focusing our attention on Portugal and France. Our monthly income will be limited, but the estimated expenses that have been presented on this and other forums as well as many online articles are very encouraging. I’m concerned, however, that the cost of private health insurance may kill the dream before it has a chance to come into focus. I read that one couple, over the age of 65, was quoted a cost of $25,000 to $35,000 per year for the two of them. It is my understanding that Medicare does not cover medical expenses incurred outside of the United States. It is also my understanding that proof of health insurance is a Visa requirement in many, if not all, countries. I would appreciate any information that you have to offer on this topic.
frabound replied most recently with:
Sorry, also on Facebook is group called Americans in France - very nice group, always willing to "lend a hand."
frabound replied most recently with:
I too am planning to retire in France. AARO (Association of Americans Retired Overseas) is an excellent source for referrals - I contacted them some time back re health insurance and they were most helpful; ACA (American Citizens Abroad) may well be helpful too. Both are on Facebook, so you might wish to join those groups. While I don't immediately recall specific costs as I am 2 years out, I do remember thinking that it was surprisingly reasonable.
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I have a question for those of you who have made the move to a new country. After you found your new, permanent residence: (1) What belongings did you have moved to your new home? (2) What was the approximate cost and year of your move? (3) Knowing what you know now, what, if anything, would you do differently? Thank you.
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