If you sold your French property before 1 January 2015 as a non European Economic Area (EEA) national, you probably paid extremely high Capital Gains tax of 33.3%. This is way above the customary 19% paid by French and EEA citizens.
You'll be happy to hear a recent court ruling harmonised the rate at 19% for all sellers of French real estate, irrespective of nationality (it came into effect on 1 Jan 2015) and offers an opportunity to apply for a reimbursement of the Capital Gains tax in excess of the 19% which you paid.
While the French government initially sought to limit the claim period to 31 December of the year following the Capital Gains tax payment, this decision has been overruled by the Conseil d’État, French Supreme Administrative Court, and the claim period for reimbursement of excess Capital Gains tax is fixed at two years.
If you are a non-EEA national who sold properties in France a few years ago, use this unique opportunity to claim the excess amount of Capital Gains tax you've paid. For any help needed let us know. We'll be happy to point you in the right direction.
A French court has ruled that the claim period for reimbursement of overpaid capital gains taxes by non-EEA nationals is two years, not one year as the government had claimed.