Latest information for small businesses in France


Pension rights for auto-entrepreneur businesses in France

We're all concerned about our pension and as a auto-entrepreneur in France you're entitled to one as well. However, you need to meet certain turnover thresholds. Here's a question about auto-entrepreneur business pension ...

By Valérie Aston · 4 May 2014


Deadlines to complete your 2013 French income tax form

All paper declarations have to be sent back by 20th May 2013 at midnight. For online declarations the deadlines to return your French income tax are: 27th May for departments 01 to 19. 3rd June for departments 20 to 49 ...

By Valérie Aston · 1 May 2014


How to complete your 2013 French income tax form 2042 CK PRO

You have to complete a French income tax form, Impôt sur le revenu, if you were a French resident in 2013 or if you had income from a French source in 2013, such as property rental, dividends, business income. ...

By Valérie Aston · 28 Apr 2014


7 Tips to start a business in France

Market research is essential if your business is to succeed and meet your expectations. First thing to check is demand for you product or service, especially if you’re aiming local. Investigate competitor pricing, on and ...

By Valérie Aston · 31 Mar 2014


Auto-entrepreneurs get an unexpected social charges increase

Last Friday FEDAE warned auto-entrepreneurs about an unexpected social charges increase that was passed in the 2013 Loi de Finance. This text was approved by decree on 27 December and published on 31 December. The ...

By Valérie Aston · 12 Jan 2014



Summary of key changes for French businesses in 2014

The standard rate of 19,6% for most goods and services will increase to 20% on 1st January 2014. The reduced rate of 7% will increase to 10%. The reduced rate of 5.5% applicable to certain goods and services ...

By Valérie Aston · 27 Dec 2013


How to complete Cotisation Fonciere des Entreprises form 1447-C-K

If you have recently registered your business and received a Cotisation Fonciere des Entreprises form from Impots, you maybe wondering if you need to complete and return it. I'm afraid the answer is yes. Impots needs the ...

By Valérie Aston · 15 Dec 2013


What is Contribution Fonciere des Entreprises (CFE)?

Contribution Fonciere des Entreprises (CFE) is a small tax paid by businesses to local authorities (Chambre de Metiers / Chambre de Commerce / Town hall). It used to be called Taxe Professionnelle and can cost between ...

By Valérie Aston · 6 Dec 2013


Your Extrait Kbis now includes more information

The business identity card, Extrait Kbis, now includes more information than before. An Extrait Kbis card is established for each business registered with the Chambre de Commerce or Chambre de Metiers. ...

By Valérie Aston · 25 Nov 2013


New TVA rates applicable on 1st January 2014

French households will pay almost 6.4 billion euros more in 2014, without realising it, due to the new TVA rates applicable next year. On 1st January 2014, TVA rates will increase significantly, to fund the competitive ...

By Valérie Aston · 18 Nov 2013


How to avoid social charges / RSI scams

Beware of the numerous RSI scams! Given the resurgence of fake calls for social charges appels de cotisations from companies using RSI homonyms, Regime Social des Independents - the real RSI - calls for vigilance for all ...

By Valérie Aston · 15 Nov 2013


A new auto-entrepreneur email scam

A new scam is being sent by email to auto-entrepreneurs, warning them that they have paid too much income tax and that they will be reimbursed 187.80 euros. The link listed in the email takes you to a site designed to ...

By Valérie Aston · 28 Oct 2013


CFE exoneration for all auto-entrepreneurs in 2013

FEDAE, the auto-entrepreneurs' federation, has confirmed that all auto-entrepreneurs will benefit from a CFE tax exoneration in 2013. Contribution Foncière des Entreprises (CFE), formerly called taxe professionnelle, is ...

By Valérie Aston · 23 Sep 2013


Auto-entrepreneur turnover limits in a nutshell

It's something that's come up in the forum a few times recently, so I thought I'd make a quick post on when an auto-entrepreneur has to switch regime, e.g. to reel simplifie, because turnover limits have been exceeded. ...

By Valérie Aston · 9 Sep 2013