At the beginning of May, the French Government released a document revealing new measures to encourage employment which will also include tax breaks for local and foreign investors. The Government also declared the French income tax will not be merged with the social security, as this measure would only lead to an increase of the tax burden on the citizens.
France and Germany have recently revealed that they support a common basic corporation tax among the EU member states. The plans are just being debated by EU officials, however even in this early stage the proposal has created some important reactions from British officials who believe that this would result in higher taxes for British companies. Our French lawyers are ready to help you understand the implications of such a decision.
Certain exceptional measures have been proposed by the French Prime Minister for businesses operating and engaging in commercial activities in France. One of these measures will be the bonus annual depreciation for certain investments, primarily equipment bought by the companies. The measures are intended to encourage investments in France and need to be approved by the French parliament in order to become applicable.
Second home owners in France can benefit from a special tax exemption from an applicable surcharge, only if they are unable to let or sell the property and according to certain circumstances. Our French lawyers can help you sell or let a property in France and we can also help you if you are a buyer who’s trying to find a property in France.
The capital gains tax was substantially reduced for individuals who are residents of countries outside of the European Economic Area. The larger tax has been ruled out because it was considered to be discriminatory and also illegal. Until this measure, non-EU residents working in France had to comply with different capital gains taxes. If you are such a citizen working in France, our French lawyers can help you with tax compliance.
The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, is committed to economic and fiscal reforms based on tax breaks in order to encourage local and foreign investors and to increase the employment rate. The first step of the program implies a five-year plan consisting of 2.5 billion euros tax breaks.
The French tax administration has recently published an updated list of practices or arrangements that are considered abusive. They were identified in tax audits and they include certain practices related to the value added tax (VAT) in France. The list includes issues like undeclared VAT on remote sales and the penalties that may apply in this case. Our French attorneys can help you comply with any tax and audit requirements, so that your company does not have to deal with the consequences of any fraudulent practices.
The French Government has changed the applicable tax thresholds this year. The lowest tax rate has been removed and the tax rates that will be used to calculate the income tax for 2014 have different tax bands. Our French law firm can help you calculate the amount of due taxes applicable for your income produced in France in 2014.
The most recent forecasts released by the French Government predict that the country’s economy will grow faster than anticipated. The estimates are made for 2015 and are based on the most recent figures that indicate a much faster growth than anticipated. This new wave of optimism could encourage investments and help bring more foreign direct investments in the country.
At the beginning of 2015, France has brought few changes to its value added tax (VAT). The first change refers to the scope of the VAT rates and the second one was made to the reporting regime. Starting 1st of January 2015, France introduces a simplified VAT reporting regime.
The industrial production in France, in January, surpassed any predictions made for the first month of the year. The total amount of production rose by 0.4%, compared to December 2014. Although analysts expected this financial sector to drop, French companies in the industrial sector have shown signs of recovery.
France is making efforts to improve its economic situation and has prepared a revolutionary economic reform bill. While some of the changes may encourage consumer spending and even foreign investments, some of François Hollande’s measures attracted skepticism.
French shops in certain touristic areas are going through an important change. A legislative measure, proposed by France’s Economy Minster, allows shops to stay open on Sundays. This unprecedented measure could boost sales and please tourists. However, the main goal is to make France more business friendly and more attractive for foreign investors.
Foreign investors who want to open a company in France should know that the country has adopted a sustainable development strategy and also has a functioning environment charter. Companies in France need to comply with various environmental issues, like water management, waste management and if, applicable, hazardous waste disposal regulations.
The latest predictions for 2015 regarding France’s economic situation show that the country is on its way to economic growth, as the lower oil prices and a weaker euro seem to be the main ingredients that will boost the country’s economy this year. This is good news for foreign entrepreneurs willing to invest in the country.
France is a country with a rich history and its people value their heritage and culture. Whenever foreign investors do business in France or open a company in this country, they should consider the specific cultural and corporate customs in France. We have gathered some of the most important elements that can be referred to as business etiquette in France.
When we think about entrepreneurs in France, we tend to believe that they are high-risk takers because starting a new business will inevitably present its own particular risks. But as it turns out, it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. And recent findings show that in France, a country that has one of the largest economies in the EU, entrepreneurs make calculated risks and entrepreneurship is based partly on government sources.
France and other European countries plan to introduce a financial transactions tax that could reduce speculation in global markets. The French President recently declared that the tax should apply on all financial products that are at a low rate. France has dropped its demands regarding the inclusion criteria for certain types of transactions that would have been an exception for this transaction tax.
France cancelled the wealth tax and businesses in France will no longer have to pay the contributions that imposed a high rate on earnings over 1 million euros. The tax was initially imposed as a measure that would help the country escape the effects of the global economic crisis, but the measure soon brought a lot of opponents and protests. However, starting February 2015, large companies in France and high-income individuals will no longer have to repatriate profits or use various wealth management measures to avoid the "supertax".
French President Francois Hollande and Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron are planning to integrate a set of controversial measures meant to unlock the country’s stagnating economy. The measures include longer working hours during Sundays for shops, which could prove beneficial for some French business owners, opening up national bus routes and making traditionally close professions in France more accessible. All these are meant to ease the existent economic rigidity.
France’s Finance Minister Michel Sapin said that France’s public deficit will manage to drop below the European Union target of 3.0 percent until 2017. The predictions were made after a recalculation proved that the deficit for 2015 will be lower than previously thought. If France manages to keep this promise, business owners will see an improvement in the overall investment situation in the country.
The French government has made it clear that it will not support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US, if certain changes are not made to the document. The trade deal would mark the beginning of a historic collaboration between Europe and the United States and it could boost import and export activities in France, as well as create new business opportunities for foreign investors. However, the deal remains uncertain as other counties in Europe, like Germany and the UK, remain skeptical.