French VAT rates and returns updates

Fri 16th Jan 2015

France has issued a number of decrees modifying the French VAT regime. The changes, effective on 1 January 2015, include:

French VAT rates

  • The VAT rate on construction services provided in designated areas of deprivation has been reduced to 5.5%
  • Imports of works of art or antiques will now be subject to 5.5% instead of 10%.
  • Tickets for sporting events have been reclassified from nil VAT to 5.5%

French VAT returns

  • Withdrawal of the requirement to submit two duplicate annual returns for the simplified VAT regime
  • VAT remittances for the simplified VAT regime have been changed to twice annually

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