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As local and international tax regulations become more prescriptive, dealing with them in a cross-border context presents you with a significant challenge. The number and complexity of tax investigations conducted by authorities is rapidly escalating and the need for tax adjustments is rising accordingly. Our 180 tax lawyers are supported by strong technical back up teams that identify developments in tax law and policy affecting your business. This multidisciplinary approach helps you develop robust structures that maximise tax effectiveness in alignment with your commercial strategy.

Whether you are a financial institution, multinational, fund, investor or high net worth individual, we understand your business and the tax pressures you face. Our teams work together across Europe in the key areas affecting your business including VAT, transfer pricing, e-commerce, investment funds, tax planning and financing. The right tax advice can make a material difference to transaction costs and, in some cases, avert serious consequences. If you are involved in a dispute, we can undertake a high level intervention with tax authorities, ensuring the best outcome for your business.

Quotes from clients :"CMS has taken the time to get to know our business and gives us advice that fits our circumstances; the lawyers are the best." "Very efficient, especially when negotiations arise." "The number one French tax law firm."Chambers Europe 2015 ;

"The reference firm for tax in Paris." "The lawyers are practical and honest; they will tell you how it is, rather than what you want to hear." "A firm that's well respected by the authorities, not just in France but externally also."Chambers Europe 2014

CMS is arguably ‘the best tax law firm’ in France; advice is ‘consistently excellent and given to the highest of standards- Legal 500 EMEA 2015

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    African Taxation

    We advise and assist our clients in their business dealings with Africa in all legal an tax areas

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    We provide advice to all types of companies carrying on international trade (ioffshoring, mports, exports, etc.) ranging from SMEs to large groups in business sectors as diverse as spirits, textiles, high technology waste or pharmaceutics

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    Direct Taxation

    This is the firm's largest department, comprising more than 70 specialized attorneys. It works close collaboration with the firm's other practice groups

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    Electronic Invoicing

    In the scope of each project, we provide our clients with teams of lawyers specialised in the relevant fields of taxation including VAT, contract law, industry & commerce regulations, and information technology taxation

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    Evaluating companies and assets

    Our team, comprising economists and tax specialists who have experience in multiple industries and specialise in valuation techniques, is here to help you reorganise your company and transfer your assets in accordance with local and international tax rules and recommendations.

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    International Taxation

    As business becomes more global, taxation has become an increasingly complex issue in all countries. Taxation is now a core consideration in the corporate decision-making process, and companies must establish a concrete international strategy that addresses both direct and indirect taxes. These trends concern individuals as well as corporations

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    Local Taxes

    We provide a local, personal service, whether for advice on a one-off situation, or assistance in devising legal schemes or restructuring. Our services cover three key areas: tax advice, disputes and audit

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    Registration Fees & Wealth Tax

    CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre has a number of practitioners specialising in the full range of issues concerning duties and related taxes, including the wealth tax  

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    Transfer Pricing

    Our team is comprised of both economists and tax lawyers in order to provide you with a complete range of services, from legal assistance (tax audits, court proceedings, negotiating advance pricing agreements, etc.) to complete economic studies (benchmarking, financial evaluation, etc.)

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    Our VAT team assists you in matters relating to French and international law through our assistance, auditing, advisory and dispute settlement services in all business sectors

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    The social contribution paid by companies

    The tax base is established with reference to the turnover declared to the tax authorities for most companies and with reference to the added value of credit institutions. It is therefore vital to check the effects that other taxes levied on turnover and the organisation of trade relationships can have on C3S.

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    Payroll tax

    We advise you in determining legal and tax solutions, taking into account the impact of payroll tax

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    Financial Transaction Tax

    Understanding FTT – which transactions are liable and which are exempt, its territoriality and unusual payment methods – represents a significant challenge for operators. It is important to consider the French FTT from the perspective of the introduction of a European financial transaction tax which is currently discussed by the Member States

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    VAT-related taxes and other taxes on turnover

    Companies may be obliged to declare and pay one or more of approximately thirty additional taxes based on turnover that are collected and controlled under the same conditions as VAT. These taxes must be declared with VAT on the periodic “CA3” return. They increase in number every year, are levied on a wide range of sectors.

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