Why France?

The largest country in the European Union, France alone is a market of more than 66 million consumers. With excellent infrastructure and transport links, it’s also an attractive doorway to other European markets.

The French economy is well developed and its dynamic services sector continues to grow. Other important sectors include energy (nuclear), tourism, telecommunications, aerospace, biotechnology, transport, textiles and clothing, food processing, cosmetics, chemicals and agriculture.

Research and development is strongly encouraged, with the government offering a research tax credit and subsidies which can reduce the total cost base of start-up and tech companies by as much as 30% - that’s one of the highest rates in Europe, and these tax credits can even be converted into cash under certain strict conditions.

There are low costs to starting up a company and it takes just a few days. In its 2017 report analysing the ease of doing business in countries around the world, the World Bank ranked France as 29th overall. In the same report, France stood out in top position as the world’s strongest performer in trading across borders.

With a wide range of public universities and ‘grandes écoles’ offering a high standard of education, there is a wealth of highly-skilled and motivated graduates ready to work. French workers are also more productive than most of their European counterparts, with France ranking in the world’s top 10 for hourly labour productivity.

Meanwhile, France is the world’s favourite holiday destination, annually attracting more tourists than any other country. It’s also a popular destination for professionals, with Paris ranked as the number one destination for business conferences (2016).

Our core areas of expertise

TMF France has a strong team of specialists serving clients both locally and internationally. Our multi-language team provides a wide range of services including HR and payroll, accounting and tax (including VAT/IPT), corporate secretarial (including local representation) and domiciliation services ‘agrément (approval) N° DOM 2010051'.

Established in 2002, our team also offers services tailored to specific industries, such as real estate and leasing. Other industries we serve include private equity, retail, renewable energy, financial services, professional services, and the software and technology sectors.

Our full range of services include:

  • Accounting and Tax services: We take care of local statutory bookkeeping, full consolidated accounts and management reporting to relevant local and international standards. We also help you manage your tax and reporting obligations.
  • Global Entity Management services: We provide support at every stage of your business lifecycle. Our multi-disciplinary expertise - in corporate secretarial, regulatory compliance, fiduciary services and more - is your outsourced answer to managing and maintaining entities across borders.
  • Fund services. We work with structures across the full investment spectrum, from private equity and real estate funds, to trade financing, debt and fund of fund structures.
  • HR and Payroll services: We help you to apply and implement international policies in employment contracts and handbooks, and pay your staff in compliance with local law.

Local Services:

Alongside our global portfolio of services, TMF France provides additional support for specific local requirements including local taxes; tax on complementary health insurance (TSA), indirect taxes such as the Eco tax, tax on polluting activities (TGAP) and taxes on packaging.

TMF France provides you with an all-in-one service to reduce your risks, control your costs and simplify your operations. Our experts will guide you through the complex local regulations so that you can concentrate on your core business.

Get in touch with our office in Paris to discuss how to grow your business in France.

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