New French Capital Gains Tax to encourage speculation

A new method of calculation of Capital Gains Tax announced by French Prime Minister, Francois Fillon last week, which may well give rise to an increase in transactions and property speculation by both French and non-resident buyers of French property.

Previously French the CGT rate applied to any capital gains made on French property would have reduced by 10% annually after the fifth year of ownership until there was effectively a zero rate applied in year 15. This 10% reduction after year five has now been scrapped in favor of an alternative calculation which instead allows sellers of French property to deduct the official amount of inflation during the period of ownership from any capital gain before the flat rate of tax is applied.

Example of Non French resident from the EU with a 19% rate