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French Corporate VAT Registration and VAT Compliance for Non-EU Based Companies

French legislation recently approved will change rules for a range of foreign companies. This concerns foreign companies selling products and services into France from outside [distance selling]. It applies to conventional and online sales.

Both EU-based and Non-EU based companies stand to be impacted.

The new regime came into effect as of January 1, 2016.

New Rules for Non-EU Based Companies

New legislation will impact a range of Non-EU Based Companies engaged in selling products into France. Currently Non-EU Based companies selling into France are required to register in all cases i.e. whatever their turnover annually.

However, Non-EU Based companies often opt to sell products into France indirectly via an EU country. Companies following that course will now be required to register where their turnover in respect of French sales exceeds 35 K Euros, instead of 100 K Euros previously.

The new legislation came into effect as of January 1, 2016.

Fiscal Representation

Non-EU Based Companies must mandatorily designate a fiscal representative in respect of their French sales activity.

The French fiscal representative can afford substsantial value:

·      Helps ensure compliance with law and rules

·      Helps with correct and timely preparation of necessary documentation

·      Enhances understanding of the process to be used

·      Keeps companies aware and abreast of on-going changes

·      Provides representations needed or desirable

·      Provides support across the full range of administrative actions entailed in compliance

·      Helps ensure self-confidence in corporate good standing

Elitax VAT Registration Service

Elitax has developed expertise and a solid track record in assisting companies in this regard

Elitax can:

·      Ensure your company complies with the relevant French VAT law and regulations

·      Facilitate the initial step of your VAT registration

·      Manage your relations, submissions and correspondence with the relevant French national and local administrations

What Compliance Entails

Compliance for Non-EU-Based companies entails:

  • After registration for VAT in France in made by a tax representative on their behalf, the VAT charged on their sales is due in France, while the VAT.
  • They must submit monthly VAT Declaration forms when the total of their annual VAT payable in France is over 15 000 €.
  • If below, then they are allowed to file quarterly.
  • They must also pay monthly or quarterly VAT to the French Tax Administration

Elitax VAT Compliance Service

Elitax has developed expertise and a solid track record in assisting companies in this regard,

Elitax can:

·      Ensure your company complies with the relevant French VAT law and regulations

·      Coordinate and process all your VAT returns – monthly or quarterly VAT returns and make sure that the VAT amount is paid on due time (to avoid not fines and interest of arrears)

·      Manage your relations, submissions and correspondence with the relevant French national and local administrations

·      Handle all communications from these authorities to your company in respect of VAT , including tax audits

Elitax VAT registration Service Fees

Our Fees for VAT registration are designed to be affordable. Adapted to small and medium size enterprises as well as MNCs.

Contingent upon volume and scope of sales into France.

Package deals for full-service of compliance spectrum.

Engaging Elitax – Getting Started

Elitax is currently welcoming indications of interest from companies in retaining us to assist in compliance with the new French tax regime:

·      The first step is signing a fiscal representation (agent) contract with us

·      The following step is submit VAT registration for a company

·      To do so, we need at a minimum an expression of interest, preferably in written form, to Elitax:

·      Email can be sent to Elitax vat@elitax.com

·      Alternatively phone calls can be made to 00 33 (0)1 43 71 10 05

·      Mail can also be addressed to Elitax – 19 Quai de la Seine 75019 Paris, France.

·      To help us gain a better appreciation of your situation, please fill out this form Contact Us Today

Timing

The VAT registration process requires 3 weeks to 5 weeks, depending on the tax authorities’ rhythm. Please contact us as soon as possible.

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