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The reverse charge of import VAT

The reverse charge of import VAT: obligation to register for VAT in France

All companies that act as the importers of records in France are liable for VAT on import and will have to obtain a valid VAT French number, issued by the French Tax Authorities (DGFiP), and will have to file VAT filings. VAT will not any longer be collected by customs authorities on imports, reverse charge of VAT to importation (also known as "Postponed VAT Accounting" in the UK) becomes the rule for all taxpayers who must declare the amounts on their VAT filings.

Our conclusion:

This reverse charge mechanism will allow all companies to avoid heavy and costly pre-funding of import VAT.

RMB can help you in these steps and take care of the VAT registration formalities for you. Thus, you will facilitate your administrative procedures, save time and money! Please note that the average time for VAT registration in France is 2 to 3 months. We therefore advise you not to delay if you want to be ready for January 1st 2022.

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Reverse charge of import VAT

10 / 2021

France has decided to make all importers benefit from the reverse charge of import VAT. This measure, which is of great interest to businesses for obvious reasons of cash flow gains, will apply to all operators, whether they are established in France or abroad.

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FAQ tax consequences Brexit

11 / 2020

Republication of FAQ on the tax consequences in France following Brexit

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Paperless process for the "13th Directive" refund procedure

10 / 2021

The next applications must be submitted electronically and be accompanied by a summary table including, for each invoice or import document, the following information:

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Brexit Webinar NFI & Unsworth

06 / 2021

We are proud to present the video of our webinar together with Nord France Invest & Unsworth, and would like to thank everyone who made this wonderful event possible.

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