Following the judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Conseil d’État ruling of 27 July 2015 on the de Ruyter case has called into question the levying of social security contributions on capital income arising in France of individuals insured under a social security scheme in another Member State of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) or in Switzerland, since the proceeds of these levies are intended to fund benefits to which only individuals insured under the French social security scheme are entitled.
It is therefore possible to appeal against such levies subject to the conditions set out by the Directorate General of Public Finance (DGFIP).
No automatic refund will be made without a formal claim from the taxpayer.
These rulings apply to individuals insured under a social security scheme in Switzerland or an EU or EEA country other than France:
For individuals domiciled in France: Social security contributions on all capital income taxable in France (investment income and income from assets) that are allocated to the budget for social security agencies.
Social security contributions are : CSG, CRDS, social levy, additional contribution to social levy and solidarity levy (=15,5%). It should be noticed that the 2% solidarity levy payable prior to 1 January 2015 is not affected by the de Ruyter ruling inasmuch as it does not fund any branches of social security. Consequently, it cannot be refunded.
For taxpayers who have not yet applied to the tax authority, appeals submitted in 2016 will be admissible for the following periods:
For taxpayers who applied to the tax authority in 2015, claims will be admissible for the following periods:
ILIADE can assist you as your attorney and claim on your behalf the social security charges yu paid in France from 2013 to 2015.
You can also do it on your own following the procedure described hereunder.
If they have not yet done so, they can now submit their appeals to the département directorate of public finance (Direction départementale des finances publiques) where their contributions were registered.
They can submit their appeals to their local tax department (the individual tax department (service des impôts des particuliers) shown on the notice of assessment for residents in France or the individual tax department of the Directorate for Residents Abroad and General Services (DRESG) for non-residents). Appeals relating to 2014 income can be submitted once the 2015 notice of assessment has been received.
These appeals can be submitted through the ‘Particuliers’ (‘Individuals’) section on the Impots.gouv.fr website, under the heading ‘Réclamer’ (‘Appeals’), or by post, attaching all the necessary documents.
In every case the appeal must be accompanied by proof of the amount of social security contributions in question, together with proof of the taxpayer’s membership of a social security scheme in an EU or EEA country other than France or in Switzerland.
Moreover, for the purpose of checking whether the social security contributions in question were levied on income whose recipient was insured outside France, the appeal must include every piece of information enabling this recipient to be identified (individual property belonging to the person not insured under a French social security scheme, applicants’ matrimonial property regime, property held in common by individuals insured and not insured in France, etc.).
Social security contributions withheld at source on investment income, for example by credit institutions or insurance companies (savings accounts and passbooks paying regulated interest rates; dividends, interest, life insurance policies, etc.): The procedure for submitting appeals is currently being established and will be made public shortly.
For further information, taxpayers (residents and non-residents) can contact Impôts Service, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays), on +33 (0)8 12 04 00 95 (normal rate + €0.06/min).