7. Social Charges/Contributions in France

  1. Basic Rules
  2. Employers and Employees
  3. Self-Employed
  4. Retired Persons
  5. Early Retirees
  6. Social Charges (CSG/CRDS)

7.5. Early Retirees

If you are early retired to France you will not be liable for the full gamut of social security contributions on your early retirement pension, although there will be some liability.

The position is a complicated one, and is the subject of frequent articles in our monthly Newsletter.

Whatever your circumstances you will be liable for specific social charges on investment and rental income, as well as capital gains.

You will also be liable for social charges on your early retirement pension, although here there are are number of exceptions:

i. You are in receipt of a government service pension taxed in the UK;

ii. You are covered for health by a private health insurance policy;

iii. Low income that grants you an entitlement to exemption from the taxe d'habitation.

If any of these circumstances apply you will not be liable for the social charges on your early retirement pension.

You can read about health contributions in our guide to the French Health System.


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