Quelle surprise! Inheritance in France is a mixed blessing

France levies tax of 55 per cent on inheritance over €8,000 threshold

In France and Ireland – but not the UK – inheritance tax is levied on the beneficiary and not on the estate.

In France and Ireland – but not the UK – inheritance tax is levied on the beneficiary and not on the estate.

To my enormous surprise, my Irish aunt has left me €35,000 (€18,000 of which has just landed in my French bank account). I live in France and pay French taxes but have also maintained an Irish bank account and Irish nationality.

Would you possibly know if there is any way I can benefit from the more generous (niece-aunt relationship) allowance in Ireland rather than the very restrictive one in France?

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