VATLive > Blog > France > France will not require Brexit UK fiscal representative

France will not require Brexit UK fiscal representative

  • Jun 28, 2020 | Richard Asquith

The French office for foreign VAT registration has indicated that it will no oblige UK businesses with a French VAT registration to appoint a French Fiscal Representative following Brexit.

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. It remains in the EU VAT regime until 31 December 2020 under the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. After this time, the UK is viewed as a non-EU, third country for VAT, customs and all other EU rules.

This could mean that up to 19 of the EU27 state would oblige UK businesses with a VAT registration to appoint a local fiscal representative to represent them, and oversee their VAT reporting. This is often a costly exercise since the fiscal representative may require a bank deposit or guarantee.

Explore more content like this in our Get ready for Brexit hub


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.

Need help with your French VAT compliance?


Researching French VAT legislation is the first step to understanding your VAT compliance needs. Avalara has a range of solutions that can help your business depending on where and how you trade. 

Latest French news


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.
VATlive newsletter

Sign up for our free newsletter stay up-to-date with the latest tax news.

VAT Voice Webinars


Stay ahead of the curve, sign-up to VAT Voice, our essential monthly round-up of VAT, GST and legislation news