Import VAT. France has changed its rules as of January 1, 2022. The scheme is mandatory and automatic and all foreign companies are now required to register for VAT in France.
The new VAT rules for intra-Community trade in goods with European consumers (B2C sales) come into force on 1 July 2021. From this date, all sales will be subject to the VAT of the country of arrival of the goods (there is no longer any threshold applicable except for microenterprises). In order to avoid having to register in all European countries, e-traders will be able to use the One-Stop-Shop (OSS) where they can declare and pay the VAT due in other Member States. A single “European VAT return”, so to speak.
When does the presence of your company abroad constitute a permanent establishment for VAT purposes?
The answer is not simple. Many companies find themselves in a “grey zone”, which is generally a source of conflict with the local tax authorities. And no European country is spared, as evidenced by the growing number of court cases on the subject regularly ending up before the European Court of Justice.