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Indirect taxation, VAT, customs duties lawyers

With over 70 years’ experience in matters relating to turnover tax and indirect taxation, our firm takes pride in its expert reputation, which is widely recognised in both national and international markets. This recognition has its foundations in our teams’ highly-specialised knowledge. Our success in litigation before domestic and European courts cements both our firm’s position as a leader in the field of indirect taxation and our reputation for excellence.
This expertise centres on three main areas: VAT and payroll tax, indirect taxation and customs duties.

Their expert knowledge of issues involving VAT and similar taxes enables our specialist lawyers offer advice and assistance on the full range of matters in play (VAT, reporting requirements and legal obligations, invoicing rules, VAT-related taxes, payroll tax), both in France and abroad. This means that, regardless of the nature of your business or where you operate, we can work alongside you to fulfil your needs for assistance, auditing, advice and litigation in the following domains: property transactions; capital operations, structuring and restructuring; banking, financial and insurance transactions; cross-border transactions (both within and outside the EU), transactions conducted by public legal entities or by non-profit organisations. We can also help you with issues of compliance with your VAT-related legal obligations.

Our lawyers can also help you with any matters involving indirect contributions, VAT-related taxes and other taxes on turnover (such as compliance with existing legal standards, management of reporting requirements, litigation, etc.), financial transactions, both from the legal perspective and in terms of implementation. Furthermore, we offer assistance with any problems relating to the French contribution sociale de solidarité des sociétés (corporate social solidarity contribution, or C3S).

In a world of increasing globalisation, where digital technology is gathering momentum, much is being done to harmonise indirect taxation, which has a direct impact on the free movement of goods and the freedom to provide services, particularly with the new Union Customs Code coming into effect. Designed to adapt European customs legislation to developments in international trade, with the dual aims of preventing tax evasion and eliminating double taxation, these provisions are also intended to modernise, simplify and optimise customs procedures (e.g. by introducing mandatory electronic invoicing). This creates restrictions, or even risks, for your company, as you have to constantly ensure compliance with these changing regulations, but indirect taxation also offers you the potential to get the best out of your cash-flow and your supply chain.

In all these areas, our lawyers work in close collaboration with the firm’s other teams and draw upon our international network to offer you pragmatic and sustainable solutions that are tailored to your individual circumstances and goals. Our know-how, widely recognised by the tax authorities, means that we are able to best serve your interests, whilst providing you with the utmost legal certainty.

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Anne Grousset
Anne Grousset
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Anne Grousset specialises in VAT and Indirect Taxation. A lawyer at CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats since 1983, and partner since 1998, she co-manages the VAT team and the European VAT team. Anne ...
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Ariane Beetschen
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Ariane Beetschen deals with VAT matters and other indirect taxes, in all activity areas, with an industrial and commercial dominance. She advises companies and private or public bodies in order to...
Gaëtan Berger-Picq
Gaëtan Berger-Picq
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Gaëtan Berger-Picq joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1997 and became a partner in 2008.Gaëtan specializes in VAT planning and consultancy, particularly in real-estate VAT.
Elisabeth Ashworth
Elisabeth Ashworth
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Elisabeth Ashworth joined the Tax Intelligence Department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in May 2008. She works closely with the VAT units which are made up of about 30 lawyers, of which seven...
Danis Patrick
Patrick Danis
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Patrick Danis joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1984 and became a partner in 1998. He provides VAT advice and handles disputes for commercial enterprises, banks and insurance companies. Specific ...
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Henri Bitar
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Henri Bitar joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1999 and became a partner in 2008. Henri specialises in VAT planning and consultancy, intra-EU trade, exports, commercial property rental and ...
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Philippe Tournes
Part­ner
Member of the Supervisory Board
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Philippe is a partner in the VAT department at CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats. He joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1997. Philippe advises major property and banking companies on VAT...
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Armelle Abadie
Coun­sel
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Armelle Abadie  joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2006. Armelle specialises in VAT planning and consultancy, tax audits and VAT litigation. Her practice encompasses primarily the industrial, ...
Yann Leclerc
Yann Leclerc
Coun­sel
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Yann Leclerc joined the VAT Department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1981 as a tax advisor. He holds a specialist qualification in tax and customs law and is an expert in tax law.
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Marie-Odile Duparc
Coun­sel
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Marie-Odile works on cases involving VAT, other indirect taxes and salary taxes in all business sectors, but mainly in the industrial and commercial sectors, advising companies, assisting them with...