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Payroll in France

Updated on Thursday 27th April 2023

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Payroll in France
Payroll in France can be complex and time-consuming, and there are many regulations and requirements that employers must follow. Hiring payroll experts who are knowledgeable about these regulations and requirements can help employers ensure that they are compliant and avoid any potential legal issues. If you are interested, please get in touch with our accountants in France. They can help you comply with payroll regulations and taxes in France.

Payroll regulations in France

Please note that payroll regulations may change over time and it is important to consult with an expert or official sources for up-to-date information. You are welcome to get in touch with our French accountants for any assistance regarding payroll in France.
In France,employers are required to follow strict payroll regulations that govern howthey pay their employees. These regulations include:
  • - Minimum wage: Employers must pay their employees at least the minimum wage set by the government at €1,709.3 per month;
  • - Social security contributions: Employers must contribute to social security on behalf of their employees. These contributions cover various benefits, such as healthcare and retirement;
  • - Income tax withholding: Employers are required to withhold income tax from their employee's wages and remit it to the government;
  • - Workweek limitations: In France, the standard workweek is 35 hours. Employers must comply with this limit and pay their employees for any additional hours worked;
  • - Paid leave: Employees are entitled to paid vacation time, sick leave, and other types of paid leave under French law. Employers must provide these benefits to their employees;
  • - Termination requirements: Employers must follow specific procedures when firing an employee, including providing notice and following established legal requirements.
These arejust a few of the many payroll regulations that apply to employers in France.Employers must ensure that they comply with all relevant laws. As an employer,if you need any help regarding the regulations of payroll in France, our company incorporation specialists can assist you.
Besides this, if you are new and interested in setting up a company or buy a shelf company, the services of our company formation agents in France are at your disposal.

Payroll taxes for employers in France

In France, employers are required to pay various payroll taxes in addition to their employees' salaries. For instance, employers are required to contribute to the French social security system on behalf of their employees. These contributions cover various benefits, such as healthcare, retirement, disability, and family allowances. The rate of social security contributions depends on the type of business and the employee's salary. Employers must also pay unemployment insurance contributions, which provide benefits to employees who have lost their jobs. The rate of these contributions depends on the employer's industry and the employee's salary.
Besides this, employers must pay a training tax, which funds training programs for employees. The rate of this tax is based on the employer's payroll. There are some additional taxes that employers pay including: apprenticeship tax, the vocational training tax, and the employee savings plan tax.
It is important for employers to properly calculate and remit these French payroll taxes to avoid penalties and legal issues. Employers should consult with an expert or official sources for up-to-date information on payroll taxes in France. You are welcome to interact with our company formation specialists in France. They will not only guide you about the French payroll system, but also help you to comply with payroll taxes as employer in France.
Besides guiding you about employer payroll taxes in France, our agents can also offer you other services. For instance; if you have a company and seeking the services of an accountant in France, the services of our CPA are at your disposal.

Payroll services by our agents in France

Hiring payroll experts can bring ease to employers in France. Our experts can provide a wide range of payroll services in France, including:
  • - Calculating and processing payroll: Our payroll agents can calculate and process payroll for employees, including taxes, deductions, and other withholdings;
  • - Handling tax filings: Our payroll experts can handle tax filings on behalf of employers, including social security contributions, unemployment insurance contributions, and other payroll taxes;
  • -  Managing employee benefits: Our experts can manage employee benefits, such as healthcare, retirement, and other benefits, and ensure that they are compliant with regulations;
  • - Providing HR support: Our specialists can provide HR support, including managing employee records, handling employee inquiries, and assisting with compliance issues.
Hiring payroll experts and employers in France can save time and effort and reduce the riskof errors and non-compliance.

Which companies do not need to publish their annual accounts?

In France, companies are required to submit their annual accounts at the Court of the Chamber of Commerce. This submission needs to be done within one month of their approval. However, if a company meets any two of the following thresholds, it can request a leave from accounts submission:
  • - If a company does not have more than 10 employees;
  • - If the company’s net sales do not exceed € 700,000;
  • - If the company’s total assets do not exceed € 350,000.
Please contact our French company incorporation agents for any services. They can guide you in detail about employer payroll taxes in France.
Besides assistance with payroll in France, if you are planning to open a branch office in France, the services of our agents are at your disposal. 

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