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France VAT invoice compliance rules tighten

  • Jun 7, 2013 | Richard Asquith

France VAT invoice compliance rules tighten

The French Supreme Court has imposed tighter rules for foreign companies processing French VAT invoices.

In a recent court decision, a French VAT registered business was ruled as not being able to recover the VAT on an input invoice because the date was not correctly shown.  This is a basic EU VAT invoice requirement in France and other EU member states.  The appellant had asserted that  the invoice date was contained within the invoice number, this has held as insufficient.

Whilst appearing draconian, this case underlines the increasing strictness being applied by French and European VAT authorities on observance of the VAT Directive and local laws.


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.