13. Tax Inspections in France
- Levels of Tax Control
- Tax Penalties & Sanctions
- Recovery of Unpaid French Taxes
- French Tax Claims
- Determination of Tax Status
13.3. Unpaid Taxes in France - Time Limits for Recovery
As a general rule the tax authority can go back three years for the recovery of underpaid taxes.
So, for amounts due in 2018, the tax authority have until the end of 2021.
In the case of local taxes and rates the recovery period is one year.
If tax authority themselves make an error then they can recover underpaid tax for up to a further year following submission of tax return, which may be increased to a further two years in the case of inheritance tax or where there is evidence of fraud.
However, in all cases where there has been non declaration, in gift or inheritance tax cases, or where legal proceedings are taken, then the recovery period is up to 10 years.
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