Invoicing and Tax regulation in France

Invoicing Regulation

In France, enforcing invoice regulations is a legal requirement for both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions. All invoices must contain specific details such as identity of parties, description of products/services, and date & place of payment etc. The French Commercial Code imposes fines for non-compliance.

Real-time Reporting / Fiscalization

Real-time reporting or fiscalization isn't a mandatory requirement in France. However, it's beneficial as it provides the tax administration with an information tool for audit and control from the transaction recording source. This helps in tackling tax evasion and enhancing VAT/GST collection.


E-invoicing is not mandatory in France, but it’s highly recommended. As of 2023, e-invoicing will become mandatory for all business-to-business (B2B) transactions. For business-to-government (B2G) transactions, it has been mandatory to use the Chorus Pro portal (a government run e-invoicing portal) for all tax related correspondence since 2017.

VAT / GST / Tax Compliance

Tax compliance in France is mandatory and requires careful attention. The standard VAT rate in France is 20%, with reduced rates of 5.5% and 10% for certain goods and services. Certain goods and services may also be exempt from VAT. It's important for businesses to stay up-to-date about tax changes to avoid penalties and ensure compliance with the country's tax regulations.

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