It is mandatory for your company to apply for VAT registration with the French tax authorities before starting your activities. Financial penalties may apply if the application for registration is submitted late.
Your company has activities in France and you want to know whether or not you need to apply for a French VAT number?
Two situations should be compared:
The Expert's eye
Companies established in another Member State of the European Union and certain countries outside the European Union are not obliged to appoint a tax representative in France. To facilitate your relations with the French administration, you can nevertheless appoint an agent or proxyholder who will carry out the formalities on your behalf under your responsibility.
Our advice ? If your knowledge of the French language is incomplete and/or if you have never been confronted with a French civil servant during your life, then do not hesitate: appointing a professional agent is undoubtedly the safest option for managing your company's VAT obligations in France.
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