Our specialist fields: VAT, Customs, Excise duties

Consultancy, audit, representation in tax and legal proceedings related to indirect taxation… a few examples

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.

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.

Management of VAT deduction rights

Banks, insurance companies, holding companies, non-profit organisations, some public bodies and others exercising activities (partially) exempt from VAT are limited in the ways that they may deduct VAT on their expenditure.

We advise you on how to determine the VAT deduction coefficients appropriate to each item of expenditure and to put in place the tools necessary for following up the annual revisions of VAT deductions.

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.

Mergers, demergers and restructuring

We advise businesses on the consequences for VAT and other indirect taxes of company mergers, demergers and restructuring, and propose ways of minimising tax consequences.

Promotional activities and VAT

Promotional activities should be designed and managed in a way that avoids unfavourable tax consequences, particularly in relation to the deduction of the VAT burden on promotional materials such as gifts.

We help you to identify pitfalls to be avoided and to structure the legal aspects of your operations in a way that best suits your objectives.

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.

Training

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.

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.