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Understanding French VAT

New Half-day course

£229 +VAT per person

£229 +VAT
per person

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Understanding French VAT

Half-day course

Course prices:

Classroom: £229 +VAT per person

Course overview

UK companies that trade with French companies need to understand the French system of VAT as there are many rules in France that a UK business could readily overlook, leading to costly mistakes.

This half-day course will guide you through everything that you need to know about the French system of VAT. It defines the French VAT Territory and highlights the many factors that need considering when dealing with French companies, including issues regarding registration. It will highlight situations where a UK business would not charge its French customers output VAT while identifying those elements of French input VAT that cannot be recovered. 

The course will examine the VAT reporting obligations in France, including the method of completing VAT returns and registering for the French online system. It also covers the DEB and DES returns, which replace the ECSL and Intrastat usually required in other EU countries. It will also explain the circumstances where the French Tax Authority will require you to apply the reverse charge mechanism, which would not be the case in other EU countries.

What will you learn?

  • Which supplies are zero rated, reduced rated and exempt in France?
  • What simplifications does the French tax authority operate for a non-French business to avoid registering for VAT in France?
  • How is the 'reverse charge mechanism' applied in France and in what situations is it different to the UK and other countries?
  • Do you need to register for VAT when selling consignment stock?
  • What are the due dates for French VAT Returns and what are the methods of payment?
  • How should you complete and submit a French VAT Return?
  • What are the DEB and DES returns?
  • How do you complete and submit the DEB and DES returns?
  • In France, when are you required to apply the reverse charge?
  • If you incur French input VAT and you are not registered for VAT in France how can you get it refunded?

Extra benefits

  • A course pack containing the information presented on the day
  • A detailed VAT manual
  • A certificate of attendance

Course presenters

  • Ruth Corkin

    Ruth is National Technical Chair of the VAT Practitioners Group and a member of the Joint VAT Consultative Committee, both of which mean that she regularly communicates with HMRC at a high level.

    Ruth has over 20 years experience of VAT and has worked at HMRC, large global accountancy firms and also mid-tier firms.  This wide ranging experience has meant that Ruth has had significant exposure to the many VAT issues facing businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

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