VAT Compliance in France

Foreign companies that perform in France either VAT taxable transactions (sales / imports of goods or supplies of services) or VAT-exempt transactions (exports, intra-Community deliveries, financial transactions, etc.) in France, despite not being established there, must meet certain declarative obligations : VAT return and  Intrastat / EC sales list (Déclaration d’Echanges de Biens or DEB).

                                                                                    GALILEO AVOCATS can assist these companies in a number of ways:

Companies not established in the European Union must designate a fiscal representative in France, and GALILEO AVOCATS can fulfil this role.  When appointed as a tax representative, we will prepare and submit the necessary declarations on the company’s behalf.

As for companies established in the European Union, GALILEO AVOCATS can either help them prepare their VAT declarations, or be appointed by them to submit, as an agent, declarations in the name and on behalf of their company.
Lastly, in our capacity as a representative, agent, we will put all our expertise into representing and defending the interests of foreign companies when dealing with the French authorities’ requests for information or audits.

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VAT refund in France and the EU

At GALILEO AVOCATS, we can also help our clients request a refund of VAT which has been paid in France.
Foreign companies that conduct no transactions in France but nonetheless pay French VAT on some of their expenses are entitled to seek assistance from GALILEO AVOCATS within the scope of the refunding procedures laid down by 13th EU directive.
In accordance with French regulations and as per the 13th directive, companies not established in the European Union may appoint GALILEO AVOCATS as their tax representative in France, thus authorising us to submit the refund requests on their behalf. To this end, our company has been accredited by the French tax authorities (Centre for non-residents) to act as a tax representative.
Through our contacts abroad, we can also help French companies obtain a refund of the VAT they have paid in other EU countries.



 If the company’s staff (notably in financial / accounting or logistics departments) needs help in order to better manage the issues relating to indirect taxation and import /export regulations, then GALILEO AVOCATS can provide training either as part of a prior audit of the company’s activities, a consulting assignment, or on an ad hoc basis.

We can either put together specific modules developed specially for your company using information you supply beforehand, or the training can take the form of impromptu questions and answers.

We may bring value to your organisation by setting up training sessions based on our practical experience derived from the daily management of the files of our clients and enable the attendees to have access to the knowledge of professionals who are fully specialized in VAT, customs and international trade regulations.