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France raises VAT registration threshold

  • Feb 13, 2017 | Richard Asquith

France raises VAT registration threshold

France has increased the annual VAT registration threshold to €33,200 from €32,600 per annum.  The new threshold applies from 1 January 2017.

This applies only to resident companies.  Non-resident companies have a nil threshold, and must register, if required, as soon as they make taxable supplies.  The exception to this is distance selling, whereby B2C sellers of goods have a registration threshold of €35,000 for France.


Need a fiscal representative in France?

Non-EU businesses selling in France will need to appoint a fiscal representative alongside completing VAT registration and returns.
Fiscal representatives are responsible for the accurate VAT submissions of their non-EU clients.
Avalara offers a Fiscal Representative Service as part of its international VAT and GST Registration and Returns Service.

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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 2019 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.