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Setting up a company in France

France is a Western European country known for its culture, history, and business opportunities. Company formation in France is a popular option for businesses looking to incorporate in a jurisdiction with a strong legal system and business-friendly environment.

The most common type of company formed in France is the Société par actions simplifiée (SAS) which is similar to a Limited liability company. An SAS in France requires a minimum of one shareholder and one director and has a minimum share capital of €1. The incorporation process typically takes around 1-2 weeks. To incorporate an SAS in France, the following steps must be taken:

  1. Choose a company name that is not already in use and is not similar to any existing company names.
  2. File articles of association with the Commercial Register.
  3. Appoint at least one director and one shareholder for the company.
  4. Obtain a registered office address in France.
  5. Obtain a VAT number from the Tax Office.
  6. File annual financial statements and pay annual fees to the Commercial Register.

In terms of taxes, France has a corporate income tax rate of 31%, which is higher than the EU average. Additionally, there are various tax incentives and credits available for businesses operating in certain sectors such as research and development, innovation, and environmental protection.

It's important to note that France has strict regulations in place to prevent money laundering and other illegal activities. As a result, all companies formed in France are required to maintain accurate records and provide information to the relevant authorities when requested. Additionally, France has implemented the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) to ensure compliance with international tax regulations.

In summary, France offers a strong legal system and business-friendly environment for company formation, the most common type of company formed in France is the SAS which requires a minimum of one shareholder and one director

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Everyone has questions forming a corporation or LLC. You are not the only one. Therefore we have put together this FAQ page to address the most important issues.

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