14/12/2021

Changes to French import VAT

It has been brought to our attention that there are changes impacting the French import VAT system from 1 January 2022 if you wish to import goods into France.

Please see the following link: https://www.douane.gouv.fr/actualites/partir-du-1er-janvier-2022-autoliquider-sa-tva-limportation-devient-obligatoire-et

From the 1 January 2022 VAT on imports in France will no longer be collected by the customs authorities but rather will be automatically reverse-charged on the importer’s French VAT returns. This means it will not be possible to import goods into France without a France VAT number as all companies acting as importers of record in France will need to have a valid French VAT number and file VAT declarations. Foreign companies can register for VAT in France even if they are not established in France or elsewhere in the EU.

The UK Government’s DIT France will be partnering with RM Boulanger, a company specialised in cross-border formalities and tax matters, for a webinar on these changes on the 16 December.

You can find more information and register for the webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8316387843455/WN_yaH16vpkSuywtaYhtpV0_Q

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