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Taxation of trusts in France

Friday 07/09/2018 Back

The fraudulent concealment of assets in trusts, brought out into the open by the dispute between the widow of Daniel Wildenstein and her two stepsons in connection with the settlement in France of the estate of the well-known deceased art dealer, led French lawmakers to institute a tax framework in France for assets placed in trusts set up abroad.

Case law concerning trusts, which were hitherto not recognized by French law, fully accepted their provisions in France without ever considering them as contrary to French international public policy, unless their effects infringed the reserved share under public policy in domestic law if they concerned real estate assets located in France covered by the French law of succession. 

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Actualite title - Taxation of trusts in France