Bank account – Taxes

For information, most shops do not accept 500€ notes.

Opening a bank account

It is very difficult to open a bank account in France from abroad. You can ask your usual bank if they have a branch or partner bank in France and start the procedure.

Otherwise, once you have arrived, we will give you our local contacts in different banks that can welcome you in English.

Income tax


Since January 1st 2019, income tax is now deducted from your salary each month. However all incomes have to be declared in May each year. We inform you about a month before the deadline for submitting your tax report with an updated guide (see below). If needed, we can also help you filling it in.

Remain vigilant when the period of incomes declaration starts in May, as it ‘s a mandatory administrative step.

-> IF YOU ARRIVED IN FRANCE IN 2022 or BEFORE : you must do a tax declaration.

Here is what you need to read if you have worked in France and you have received some income/grant in 2022.

  • If in April-May 2023, you are about to fill your FIRST tax declaration : download the form “Formulaire 2042: Déclaration de revenus” (Millésime 2023) available here. Fill this PAPER version of the form according to informations presented in the document above. THE PAPER DECLARATION MUST BE SENT by post BY MAY 22nd 2023 at the latest !

  • If in April-May 2023, you are about to fill a tax declaration for the second or more time: ONLINE declaration is mandatory. You can not submit a paper version. Go online here to process the online declaration. DEADLINE FOR ONLINE DECLARATION IS JUNE 1St 2023


The only formality you need to take care by the end of the year is to request your personal tax number to the Tax Administration. To do so, you need to fill in the Cerfa form N°2043.

Tax number is required to :

– ask for a personalized withholding tax rate, to avoid overpayment from your salary each month by the tax Office.

– open your personal account online on the official page here, manage your taxes and declare your incomes online in May each year, from the 2nd year (first declaration has to be done paper version).

More information about income tax here (in French).