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VAT in France

Updated on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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VAT-in-FranceAll countries in Europe impose the value added tax (VAT), which is an indirect tax. In France, the VAT applies on all the goods and services provided by companies and are comprised in the final price. The VAT is paid by the consumer at various rates. Because it is charged by companies, VAT registration is required when opening a company in France. It is also important to know that VAT registration in France is different from tax registration.

Our French company formation consultants can assist foreign investors in opening companies here.

Value added tax rates in France

The VAT is imposed by French companies at a standard rate or at special lower rates depending in the products or services sold. The standard VAT rate in France is 20%, while the reduced rates are:

  • -          10% for certain food products, medicines, public transportation, cultural activities, renovation on private property, supply of certain agricultural products; tourism accommodation and restaurant services;
  • -          5.5% for certain food products, certain cultural activities, books and medical devices;
  • -          2.1% for certain medicines, newspapers and the TV license.

There are also certain products French companies offer VAT exemptions for. Among these are:

  • -          export in the EU Community;
  • -          certain operations related to real estate property;
  • -          certain imported products;
  • -          education-related activities;
  • -          various activities undertaken by non-profit organization.

Our company registration agents in France can assist foreign investors setting up companies here to register for VAT.

VAT for companies in France

All companies in France are required to file monthly or quarterly financial returns which will include all VAT payments. The Government has enabled a simplified VAT payment system for small and medium-sized companies in France in order to help them. Both companies and individual may apply for VAT refunds in France. Foreign companies with subsidiaries or branch offices in France may also apply for VAT refunds. The VAT number for companies in France will be comprised of the country code FR followed by 11 digits.

For complete information about how the VAT is levied in France, do not hesitate to contact us. Our French company incorporation agents can also help you register for taxation purposes with the tax authorities.



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