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No house . . . but continued taxes d'hab and foncière !

I sold my house at the beginning of November 2017. So I no longer own a property in France. And I have noticed on my French bank account (lucky I kept that going!) that a total of 100 euros has been taken on the 15th of each month since for the usual taxe foncière and taxe d'habitation. 😱

Now, I did think it was up to the notaire to advise the tax office about the sale, but clearly I was wrong.

So I wrote to my erstwhile local tax office on 31 Jan, enclosing the notaire's confirmation of the sale and asking them for a refund. Predictably, there has been no reply to my letter.

But my new bank statement received today shows yet another 68+32 euros going out on 15 Feb.

Should it have been up to the notaire to inform the tax office? I presume my buyers must be delighted to have a "tax holiday"!
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Re: No house . . . but continued taxes d'hab and foncière !

Loiseau wrote : But my new bank statement received today shows yet another 68+32 euros going out on 15 Feb.

If is my belief that it is down to you to tell the tax people and cancel the DD agreement.

Why don't you cancel your direct debit with your bank ? Just ring them then send them a confirmation letter, if they won't accept a private message.
If necessary set up an opposition to the tax people taking a payment - that should wake up the tax office.
Computing - it's another world
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Re: No house . . . but continued taxes d'hab and foncière !

I think it is probably too soon for the tax people to have fully recorded your sale.

I have had very good response from emailing my tax office in similar circumstances.

The email address is on your TdH and TF demands.

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

H. L. Mencken 1880 - 1956

Some may not like his views, but what a prediction!
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Re: No house . . . but continued taxes d'hab and foncière !

I don't think that the tax people will actually be concerned about something as mundane as a cancelled direct debit.  And would just insist that it is taken anyway.

It is my belief that the notaire should have let the appropriate authorities know, but yes, do so yourself.

Have you thought about calling them. I will see if I can dig up a number, as I had to call them a lot.

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Re: No house . . . but continued taxes d'hab and foncière !

I think that the Notaire should have done this but I have two examples which might shed some light.

I left a rented flat and got the certificate from the agents who also sent it to the tax office, but the wrong one.


1 I had demands for the TH for 3 successive years after, not only for that flat but also for two others in the same building, despite going in and seeing the person in the tax office... I finally got that put right 3 years  later  after several more emails
2) I have been wrongly charged for the TV licence for the last two years despite having ticked the box on the tax form.
I have now got last year's back, but they won't reimburse me this year's till  it as been paid from the monthly payments...

In other words you have to keep at them and you may have to wait, but it should come out in the eand..

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell
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Re: No house . . . but continued taxes d'hab and foncière !

Thanks for the input, folks.
I have just found a phone number buried in the small print, so will try that now.

Ha ha, Norman! I rather imagined that scenario with one or other of the services after the sales - which is one of the reasons I have kept some money in the bank account. All the others (FrTelecom, EDF, water board) have been brilliant at stopping their direct debits on the dot, but I knew it was too much to hope I would encounter the same efficiency all round!


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Re: No house . . . but continued taxes d'hab and foncière !

Thanks for the warning, Loiseau, I'm fully expecting the same thing to happen to us. Sale 27th Feb.
We have the mobile no. and email address of our agent at CA and hopefully she'll deal with problems like that.

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Re: No house . . . but continued taxes d'hab and foncière !

With problems of a similar nature, I found that rarest of things....the tax office actually answered my emails and not only that, but when I asked them to respond by email assuring me that they had duly amended my dossier.....they did!
Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.
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