Since 1st January 2020, all suppliers or subcontractors eligible for direct payment of contracts with the French State, local authorities and institutions (B2G) must send their invoices in electronic form. The 2020 Finance Act has provided for an extension to electronic invoicing regulations for business-to-business (B2B) transactions. The entry into force of these measures, initially...
On August 13th 2021, the French tax authorities updated the Official Public Finance Bulletin (BOFIP) to reflect the changes brought about by the One Stop Shop reform, which came into effect on July 1st 2021. This update provides practical clarifications on implementing the reform as well as details and specific local regulations. For more information...
On 17th May 2021, the “State Action at Sea” division of the French Maritime Authorities for the Mediterranean published prefectural order n°094/2021 which, in article 1, provides for the removal of the measures inserted in article 4 of prefectural order n°238/2020 on 30th November 2020. This article provided in particular that foreign ships, flying flags...
France has recently updated the list of countries outside the EU that do not have to have a fiscal reprensentative in France when a taxable person established in the country carries out taxable transactions in France. The countries added are: – Antigua and Barbuda; – Armenia; – Bosnia and Herzegovina; – Cape Verde; – Cook...
Due to the current health crisis (COVID-19), the activity of commercial vessels in 2020 is not representative of reality and some vessels were not able to pass the 70% navigation outside French waters threshhold, a condition of the FCE (French Commercial Exemption). To compensate for this, the tax authorities exceptionally authorise vessels to assess compliance...
The tax authorities have recently announced that taxable companies established in the UK, who carry out taxable transactions in France and are required to register for VAT in France, will not be required to appoint a Fiscal Representative in France.
The French customs authorities recently announced that from January 2021, the threshold for individuals residing outside the European Union to claim VAT refunds on purchases made in France is EUR 100, instead of the current threshold of EUR 175.
For ship rental and charter contracts concluded by 31st October 2020: Short-term leasing of ships (less than 90 days) to a taxable or non-taxable person was taxable in France as long as the ship was made available to the lessee in France (Article 259 A 1° a) of the General Tax Code). Rentals were taxable...
The list of French airlines deemed to meet the conditions of Article 262 II 4° who are exempt from presenting supplier certificates to benefit from VAT exemption has been published. Under Article 262 II 4° of the General Tax Code the supply, processing, repair, maintenance, chartering and rental of aircraft used by French or foreign...
Online operators who bring people together by electronic means for the purpose of selling goods or providing a service must comply with the obliations of article 242 bis of the General Tax Code. These obligations include submitting a summary document, no later than 31st January of the following year, detailing any transactions subject to VAT...
From 1st January 2022, France will abolish all requirements for businesses wishing to benefit from the reverse charge mechanism for import VAT. This scheme allows VAT-registered businesses to apply to the French tax authorities for authorisation to use the reverse charge mechanism on imports. Once accepted, there is no obligation to pay import VAT when...
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