Our specialist fields

VAT – Customs – Excises

Consultancy, audit, representation in tax and legal proceedings related to indirect taxation across all business sectors.

We place our expertise at your disposal, bringing clarity on the fiscal issues related to your activities in France or abroad, and identifying the actions which will enable you to assure and optimise the management of potential tax liabilities, while achieving full compliance with your statutory obligations in relation to filing tax returns and paying taxes.

a few examples of intervention

Assurance and Optimisation

VAT can give rise to costs whose origin and extent will vary according to a range of factors, such as the business sector in which the company operates, the way it is organised, its area of activity, and the complexity of its operations, etc.

The same is true of customs and excise duties and indirect taxation.

During our initial contact, we offer to do an overview of your activities so as to discover the sources of potential tax costs and identify the levers for optimisation through cost reduction and improvement in margins.

We can also conduct an in-depth audit of your activities and advise on the measures you can take to assure and optimise tax treatment.

Assistance with tax audits and legal proceedings

At best, tax audits are experienced as a necessary evil, and they may lead to certain disappointment if insufficiently prepared when facing one.

We support you by establishing the basis for constructive dialogue with the tax authorities, so as to maximise the opportunities to assert your rights and to win the argument, or at least find common ground.

It is sometimes necessary to pursue contested tax proceedings through the courts, even though experience shows that the process is often lengthy and its outcome far from certain.


We offer training on subjects likely to be of interest to you, such as:

  • The 5 key questions to determine the VAT treatment of an activity. Theory and practice (7 hours);
  • Management of VAT and payroll tax deduction rights in holding companies (3 hours);
  • VAT and financial activities (3 hours);
  • VAT and buildings (3 hours);
  • Management of VAT risks in international trade (7 hours);
  • Electronic billing (3 hours);
  • Reporting obligations relating to VAT (3 hours);
  • Customs issues related to international goods trafficking;
  • Services provided electronically and VAT
  • etc

Organisation of tax departments within the company

Tax departments should be organised in a manner that enables them to respond in the best possible way to the different challenges which the company may encounter, depending on its business sector, area of activity, the complexity of its operations and organisation, etc.

This means aligning technical and human resources in a way that is appropriate to identify objectives in relation to risk management, cost reduction, process improvement etc.

We support you through each stage of project management relating to indirect taxation, working closely with your staff and your partners.


Tax representation

Working closely with our partners outside France, we advise companies on requirements for reporting, payment and refunds of VAT, excise duties and other taxes in countries in which the companies do not have an establishment.

We also act as a tax representative in France for companies not established here.

One Stop Shop

We advise you on the reporting obligations, payment and reimbursement of VAT, when your activities are eligible at the One Stop Shop, allowing you to consolidate in a single Member State of the European Union all your reporting and payment obligations VAT regardless of the location of your operations.

VAT and E-business

The emergence of E-business has given rise to new practices and even completely new models of business operation, which need to be carefully analysed from a legal perspective in order to determine the appropriate tax treatment.

We help you describe your activities from a legal perspective and determine their tax treatment in relation to VAT rules in France and elsewhere

Electronic invoicing

Review and introduction of contracts and specifications for the roll-out of a process to introduce paper-free invoices for suppliers and customers. This involves electronic invoicing secured by an electronic signature, using EDI and/or linked to a control process allowing the establishment of a reliable audit trail between the invoices and delivery of goods and services.