Real estate taxation

In the field of real estate taxation, the AlterTax Avocats tax law firm advises its clients, whether individuals or companies, at every stage of the development of their real estate projects and their taxation, taking into account both French and international tax implications.

Real estate taxation and investment

Understanding real estate taxation:

Real estate taxation encompasses all taxes and duties related to the ownership, purchase, sale and rental of real estate. This includes property taxes, taxes on rental income and capital gains taxes. The complexity of real estate taxation varies according to several factors, such as the type of property, its use, and its location. For real estate investors, understanding this tax system is essential to optimizing their return on investment and complying with legal obligations.

Real estate taxation: implications for various players

Real estate taxation encompasses various tax aspects that affect companies, micro-businesses and individuals. Each investor category has unique tax considerations that influence the management of their real estate properties and investments.

Property taxation: Companies

Companies have to navigate a complex set of tax rules relating to their real estate. This includes VAT management on real estate transactions, tax optimization of rental income and minimizing capital gains tax on the sale of properties. Companies should also be aware of the tax implications of owning and managing real estate under different tax regimes.

Property taxation: Micro-businesses

Micro-businesses, often subject to simplified tax regimes, need to manage their real estate tax obligations efficiently. This can include understanding income thresholds for rentals, possible exemptions and strategies for maximizing tax deductions. Real estate taxation for these small entities requires special attention to stay within the limits of specific tax regimes while optimizing returns on investment.

Property taxation: Individuals

Individuals investing in real estate must take into account taxes on rental income, property taxes and capital gains taxes. Understanding the various tax exemptions and deductions, such as those relating to primary or secondary residences, is crucial. For private individuals, real estate taxation can also include considerations of wealth transfer and the tax implications of real estate inheritances.

The role of a tax lawyer in real estate investment

A tax lawyer plays a crucial role in advising and managing the tax aspects of real estate. This includes strategic tax planning to minimize tax burdens, managing tax returns, and optimizing the tax benefits associated with real estate investments. The lawyer can also help navigate the complexities of tax regulations and respond effectively in the event of disputes or tax audits.

AlterTax: Your partner in real estate taxation

The tax lawyers at AlterTax Avocats have developed a global approach, surrounding themselves with experts with complementary knowledge and know-how, to better understand each of your real estate transactions in its entirety. Backed by more than 25 years’ experience and close ties with the players in the real estate market, our team of tax lawyers can provide you with pragmatic, tailored solutions.


Our team is particularly involved in :


  • Transfer of private assets (Pacte Dutreil, dismemberment of ownership)
  • Donations and inheritance
  • National and international management of your real estate companies, SCI, asset restructuring, tax regularization (LMNP)
  • Managing your rental investments
  • Assessing the tax risks of your private assets, wealth studies
  • Tax breaks and tax-free schemes (SME investment tax credit, Pinel, Duflot, Girardin, etc.)

As tax experts, our role is to advise private individuals on the management of their private assets, particularly real estate and property investments. Real estate taxation is highly complex, which is why the services of an expert tax lawyer are essential to ensure the success of any real estate transaction, and to secure transactions and prevent any disputes with the tax authorities.

AlterTax Avocats
not only advises you on your projects, but also assists and represents you before the courts in litigation and contentious proceedings.


Cyril Maucour, tax lawyer with AlterTax

Cyril Maucour your real estate tax expert

I’m Cyril Maucour, Managing Partner of AlterTax, with over 20 years’ experience in real estate taxation. I specialize in assistance with tax audits and litigation, offering my services to a varied international clientele, including entrepreneurs, SMEs and ETIs in various sectors such as industry, new technologies and pharmaceuticals. My multi-sector expertise enables me to provide effective advice to any company in need of an expert real estate tax lawyer.

It’s good to be informed, but it’s even better to be accompanied by an expert tax lawyer. Let’s get in touch.

FAQ on real estate taxation

Here are some frequently asked questions about real estate taxation and investment:

What types of taxes are associated with real estate ownership?

Taxes related to real estate ownership generally include property tax, taxes on rental income, and capital gains tax in the event of sale. The nature and amount of these taxes may vary according to local legislation.

How is capital gain taxed?

Capital gains tax is the tax paid on the difference between the sale price and the purchase price of a property. Exemptions or allowances may apply depending on the length of time the property has been held and other factors.

What tax deductions are available for property owners?

Tax deductions for property owners can include loan interest, renovation work, co-ownership charges, and other expenses related to the management and maintenance of the property.

How can a tax lawyer help with real estate?

A tax lawyer can help you understand the tax implications of buying, selling or renting a property, optimize your tax burden and make sure you meet all your tax obligations.

What are the tax considerations for international real estate investments?

For international real estate investments, it’s important to understand the tax laws of the country concerned, and how they interact with the tax laws of your country of residence. This includes taxes on transactions, rental income and capital gains, as well as potential double taxation treaties.