From January 2020, France will require online marketplaces like Amazon to verify the VAT (Value-Added-Tax) status of foreign online sellers that are selling on their platforms. This verification of the VAT status also includes verifying the sellers’ VAT numbers.
Why these new changes?
The aim is to ensure that all sellers are registered properly and monetary losses for the government due to tax fraud can be avoided. Further, the tax authorities will notify the marketplace platform of any potential VAT fraud by an online seller. Sellers without a valid tax registration will be blocked from the marketplace immediately.
Note: Non-EU sellers will need to appoint a French local fiscal representative.
These new rules are similar to the latest changes in the UK, Italy and Germany. E.g. the German F22 VAT Certificate has quite the same purpose in Germany as these new changes have in France.
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