Thursday, 23 June 2011

New holiday home tax scrapped!

Great news!

The new tax that was being planned by the French government has been scrapped.

The decision to abandon the idea was taken over the weekend at a meeting between President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Minister of Budget, Fran├žois Baroin.

The meeting was also attended by a group of senators representing French nationals living abroad, who would also be caught by the new tax.

The actual cost to home owners would have only been a few hundred Euros a year, but it is a great relief to home owners who are already struggling with the increased costs in running a second home.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Fed up with toll queues when travelling through France?

Have you ever noticed this sign when waiting to pay at French tolls, and then seeing other vehicles drive up to the barrier and without stopping the barrier lifts and away they go?

Well, if you are a regular traveller through France then you may be interested in signing up to the scheme which will allow you to automatically pay for the tolls without having to fiddle about with cash or credit cards.

Sanef have recently started to advertise their transponders to UK residents which allows you to pay for the tolls through a direct debit scheme.

I have been using one of these boxes for about four years now and they really are fantastic. Although we tend to travel out of the summer season we still beat the toll queues and save plenty of time on our journey.