Understanding French VAT
Classroom: £229 +VAT per person
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.
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.