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Do I have to register for VAT in France?

Generally, a taxable person not established in France (i.e. who does not have a permanent establishment in France) must apply for a French VAT number when he carries out, in France, taxable transactions for which he must collect VAT.

If your company is based in France, you need to register for VAT in France if you comply with these conditions:

  • You sell goods that you store in France to consumers based in France;
  • Your sales exceed France domestic VAT threshold of €82,200 tax excl; or
  • If you sell services and your turnover exceeds 33,200€ tax excl.

Please note that you may also need to register for VAT separately in other EU countries if you sell goods to consumers in other EU countries.

If your company is based in a different country in the European Union, you need to register for VAT in France if you comply with these conditions:

  • You sell to French-based consumers your goods that are stored in France.
  • Your sales exceed France distance selling VAT threshold of €35,000 tax excl. 

If your company is based in a different country outside the EU, you need to register for VAT in France if, you sell goods that are stored in France to customers based in the EU.

Please note that you may also need to register for VAT in other EU countries in addition to your registration in France, if you sell goods to consumers that are stored in other EU countries.

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