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  1. Maybe they understand it all too well.

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  2. Yes, but not too bad. But I was able to bypass the numpties in the call center who read from a script and are instructed not to pass issues up the line. Some one who i had had dealings with over years at the bank followed it up and she said it was difficult. But i had only recently left the UK, so for you it might be easier. They do try and push you to offshore accounts where they can charge higher fees. Calm obstinate persistence are the order of the day. After all the form exists for a reason, that you are entitled to receive interest gross in certain circumstances.

    rgds

    JFB

  3. R105 is the one I used. Lodged it with the bank who eventually accepted it and paid interest gross.

    JFB

  4. Same here Bixy. Having worked in or had dealings with Fiscs of many countries, i have never come across one which allows the goose to decide who will pluck it. However having worked with the Dutch extensively I know they are always right. So when one tells me that I just shrug and smile. Eventually the French Fisc will wake up I suppose.

    JFB

    PS: Maybe the Dutch are right as usual.

  5. WJT. Its the otherway round, oysters are best eaten in a month with an R. Must admit I am very very partial to a good oyster, especially with a glass of good champagne.

    JFB

  6. Oh yes you can'ish. I have a copy of Blay Foldex Atlas de  Region for the Midi-Pyren' it has many town maps as good as A-Z. Pricey tho. But i like maps more than GPS.More tactile.

    JFB

  7. Le particulier is a subscription publication published monthlu for ten months with two or three specific guides one of which is the tax guide. That can be bought at a good news agent or even Carrefour et al, as can the other guide i mentioned. The tax guides are usually available about March/April, tho you might still find 2010. The particulier has a website and like which covers a number of subjects mainly in the tax/finance/rents areas. Tho it also does subjects like telephone contracts. I found it thanks to a mention from Parsnips probably on this site.

    rgds JFB

  8. Yes i use Le particulier. They publish a guide each year though i am not sure it will give you what you want. You need to read each revenue type where it gives you the reference to where it goes on the form. The french is not too densly administrative. 1st time round i used that together with a guide called 'Guide Practique du Contribuable' which had the forms  cross referenced to section numbers in the text. Unfortunately the french is very administrative. Even the Tax officer i spoke said he preferred using Le Particulier, which i understood as even as a near bilingual i struggled with the text in the latter guide. But the cross referencing was useful. Each only costs about €7 anyway.

    rgds

    JFB

  9. There are several lycee francais arround London at least and some UK schools have also taken on the BAC as an alternative to GCSE. Not sure where you look tho.

    JFB

  10. Yes i thought about downloading, but there is a little matter of he Hadopi law, think i got the name right, 3 strikes and your out. I know that no one thinks its enforceable but i just do not want the agro. Besides its winter what better way to pass it than listening to all your old music and reliving the memories.

    JFB

  11. Am currently looking into this myself with the addition of transfering my vinyl to digital. Not at the play back stage yet but have bought Easy Roxio LP to MP3which also handles CD's. Can't answer your question but will be interested in your experiences.

    How did you 'rip' the CD's, and in what file format did you save them for play back. Did you use windows media player?

    Sorry for barrage of questions.

    JFB

  12. Try this:

    http://www.electys.com/animations-fiches/DCL.php

    Rgds JFB

  13. I understood it exactly as you explained, one chargeable use every 90 days to maintain existing credit till used up. I tend to loose the will to live reading T&Cs but will go back and read them again on Sunday when we have been promised rain.

    jfb

  14. Yes its in theirv terms, there has to be a chargeable event every 90 days otherwise the use of the phone is suspended.

    JFB

  15. You should also consider selling your ISA investments and repurchasing them before you get to France as the profit on disposal for capitalgains is calculated from the purchase date even if that is before you become french resident. So if you realise any profit while still in the uk it will be free of capital gains and you can reinvest while still covered by ISA.

    rgds jfb

  16. You do not have to close an ISA if you become non resident, but you can not add a new one and will be taxed on income in France. If you think you will ever return to UK best to keep them.

    JFB

  17. The larger french banks, BNP et al, will open online an external account for a foreign resident. I had one with BNP before coming to France while living in the UK. It came with a carte bleu very useful. That was in 2007, and don't believe the regs have changed.

    rgds

    JFB

  18. Hi

    Had the same problem with form 2042c, tax credits and charges. Each of those two sections have an abbreviated list of boxes with an additional box to tick if you want to open out to all boxes. Took me awhile b4 i twigged that to get to box TA.

    Rgds JFB

  19. Tony F. Are you sure. I thought the French church was in Prince Charles street, Leicester Sq. It is tucked away in this small street but is exceptional inside being round with an unusal tapestry behind the alter. I was baptised there, and went to the Kindergarden attached to the church.

    JFB

    Edit Got confused now called Leicester Place, Price Charles cinema is next to the curch.

  20. Currenntly based in Cahors looking for a 1-2 year rental within the Cahors - Montauban - Soulliac/Goudron triangle. Edge of town 1/2 km of basic shops would be nice. T3/4 dep accom+garage. Single no kids / pets. Open to suggestions.

    JFB

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