A VAT Refund Guide to

France

How to get VAT Refunds from France for your business

Businesses registered in countries outside of France can claim VAT refunds on any costs incurred in France.
The below information details the requirements needed to be eligible for a VAT refund. This includes claimable expense types, France VAT rates, deadlines and claiming periods.
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Where is your company based?

EU

based businesses

VAT-registered businesses in an EU member state are eligible to recover VAT on business costs from France under the EU VAT Refund Directive.

NON-EU

based businesses

VAT-registered businesses outside of the European Union are eligible to recover VAT on business costs from France under the 13th Directive.

Which countries have reciprocity with France?

All countries can claim

For a more detailed explanation on what reciprocity means within the scope of VAT, click here:

What expenses are claimable in France?

ENTERTAINMENT & HOSPITALITY

Entertainment

0%

Hotels & Accommodation

10%

Restaurants

10%

EVENTS

Conferences, Trade Shows & Exhibitions

20%

Training Courses & Seminars

20%

GENERAL EXPENSES

Goods

20%

Inter-company charges

20%

Office Expenses

20%

Marketing Costs

20%

Professional Fees & AP invoices

20%

TRAVEL RELATED

Car Rental

0%

Fuel

20%

Public Transport

0%

Taxis

0%

Additional Information

How far back can your business claim VAT from France?
January to December of the previous year
What’s the foreign VAT deadline in France?
30 June of each year (Within 6 months of the end of the calendar year in which the tax was incurred)
How long does it take to receive a VAT refund from France?
Depending on the complexity of your application and the capacity at the VAT authority, it can take up to 4 months to receive a VAT refund from France

Need help with your VAT refund from France?

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