French 'Fake Residents' being hunted again
French and Geneva authorities are relaunching their hunt for ‘false residents’. These are people who live in neighbouring France but keep their official address in Switzerland.
Local French communes reckon fake residents cost Eur 40m a year in lost tax revenue. The current deal is frontaliers who work in Geneva are taxed at source and a third of that is sent to their French commune.
Those residents who don’t own up to living in France are getting all French services for free.
A new campaign is being launched to persuade fake residents to come clean this year – and there will be no punishment. But next year anyone found to be living in France without declaring their residence could face a hefty fine.