Like all European countries, la Grande Nation has its own VAT rates, however, France may have a higher range of different rates. There are different VAT rates for different product types and that varies from county to country.
Antonia KlattLast Updated on 22 October 2021
What ist the VAT and how does it work in France for 2020
The VAT is a broadly-based consumption tax that is assessed to the value that is added to goods and services. The Value Added Tax applies to nearly all goods and services that are bought and sold within the European Union. The aim is to ensure VAT
Naturally, France is also allowed to set its own standard VAT rate (as long as it exceeds 15%) but you will see that this is not the only French VAT rate. Actually there are 5 different ones.
French VAT rates: product categories and the respective rates
VAT rate France: 20% (Standard):
All other taxable goods and services that are not listed below.
French VAT rate: 10% (Reduced):
Some foodstuffs, certain non-alcoholic beverages, some pharmaceutical products, domestic passenger transport, intra-community and international road and inland waterways transport, admission to some cultural services, admission to amusement parks, pay/cable TV, some renovation and repairs of private dwellings, some cleaning in private households, some agricultural supplies, hotel accommodation, restaurants (excluding alcoholic beverages), some domestic waste collection, certain domestic care services, firewood, take away food, bars, cafes and nightclubs, cut flowers, writers and composers, some social housing.
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French VAT rate of 5.5% (Reduced):
Some foodstuffs, some non-alcoholic beverages, school canteens, water supplies, medical equipment for disabled persons, books, some e-books, admission to certain cultural events, some social housing, some renovation and repair of private dwellings, admission to sports events, some domestic care services, cut flowers and plants for food production.
VAT of 2.1% (Reduced):
Some pharmaceutical products, some newspapers and periodicals, public television licence fees, admission to certain cultural events, some livestock intended for use as foodstuff.
Intra-community and international transport.
When is the French VAT due?
Like every European country, France has its own rules on when the VAT is due. Regarding imports, it’s the point of time of importation. For
- goods, it‘s usually the point of transfer of title.
- services, it’s the point of time when the respective service is performed,