YOU HAVE A LIAISON OFFICE IN FRANCE :
WHAT IS A LIAISON OFFICE ?
The liaison office is a small, fast to create and low cost structure, which allows to test the French market, to have contact with suppliers and customers, to represent the activities of the overseas headquarters, to ensure communication and advertising.
The office can never sign contracts in the name and on behalf of the headquarters, its purpose is not to carry out a commercial activity. It has only a liaison role, in preparation for the negotiation of trade agreements between the customer and the overseas headquarters. Invoices and contracts must be sent and signed by the headquarters
LEGAL AND FISCAL STATUS OF THE LIAISON OFFICE
The office is not legal body, it is an extension of the overseas company in France.
Income tax: the office is not subject to income tax in France because it does not perform any sales and does not directly provide services to the headquarters’ customers.
VAT: since it performs no sales and exclusively works on behalf of its overseas head office, its activities are not subject to VAT.
The office can however a VAT refund claim for its costs (rent, purchase of equipment and office supplies, furniture, electricity, phone, professional subscriptions, participation in exhibitions …).
Local taxes: the office must pay the property tax for premises used.
Payroll tax: when hiring employees, the office is liable for taxes levied on wages (training tax, vocational training …) in the same way as companies established in France.
RISk of permanent esTABLIShMeNT
The definition of permanent establishment for VAT must be distinguished from that used for corporate income tax.
In a VAT perspective, a permanent establishment is characterized by a sufficient degree of permanence and a structure from a human and technical equipment the point of view to enable:
- either the supply of services by that establishment,
- or the use of services rendered to him by that establishment.
The liaison office of foreign companies or construction sites do not have in principle the establishment character with regard to the supply of services, but may nevertheless be strong enough to constitute permanent establishment with regard to the use of services (permanent establishment as recipient).
In this case, providers must charge their services to the permanent establishment as if it was a French company.
POSTING OR EMPLOYMENT OF EMPLOYEES RESIDENT IN FRANCE
From January 1st 2019, companies that pay wages taxable in France must carry out a wage withholding tax and pay it on a monthly basis to the tax services in accordance with the conditions to be determined according to the place of tax residence of the employee and the place of his liability for social security contributions.Learn more
WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU ?
PREPARE and FILE VAT REFUND CLAIMS,
Ensure the role of CERTIFIED TAX REPRESENTATIVE of companies established outside the European Union (EU) who are liable for the payment of the withholding income tax to their employeees who are fiscal resident in France, or non resident. We also act as a tax agent for companies established in the EU ;
WORK IN COORDINATION WITH THE ACCOUNTING FIRM responsible for the preparation of payrolls, social declarations registration of your employees which are posted or employed in France, in the scope of the witholding tax payment.Learn more
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