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France B2B e-invoicing 2023

  • Nov 12, 2020 | Richard Asquith

The French Finance Bill 2021 was amended last week to include the roll out of e-invoicing from 1 January 2023. This will cover domestic B2B invoices initially. France imposed electronic invoicing on B2G transactions starting in 2017 in a phased approach.

Additionally, domestic B2C and cross-border sales invoicing transactional data will have to be reported (‘e-reporting’) to the French tax authorities.

Both requirements will be rolled out as follows:

  • Jan 2023 – large enterprises
  • Jan 2024 – mid-sized companies
  • Jan 2025 – small companies

France is likely to follow the Italian SdI e-invoice model, with the requirement for live submission and approval of the sales invoices to the tax authority's Chorus Pro portal. But it is not clear if this existing B2G platform will scale, and if France adopts the EU-wide PEPPOL format. France would require a derogation from the EU VAT Directive to switch to e-invoices and withdraw the option of paper-invoices. But this should not be a blocker.


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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.
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