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France Phasing Out 'Tax Stamps'

By Fernand Gagnier, for ExpatBriefing.com
04 March, 2015


France is to modernize the method of payment for certain official applications.

Daily life for expats in France is set to become a little simpler with the modernization of the archaic timbres fiscales – or tax stamp – system. Residents receive stamps on official documentation following payment of administrative fees, and the system covers:

  • Proof of accommodation (attestation d'accueil), required for temporary visitors staying with relatives;
  • Long-stay visas;
  • Naturalization applications; and
  • Passport or identity card applications.

They are also used for more prosaic applications, such as for boat licenses and the payment of parking tickets.

Previously, these tax stamps could only be purchased in person from a government office or certain tobacconists. The Ministry of the Interior has now announced that it will be possible to make these payments online, which will simplify the process considerably. Previously only timbres for passports could be paid for this way.

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