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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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    Tax Con­nect Flash | Up­date fol­low­ing the pub­lic­a­tion...
    Pub­lic Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­port­ing; Tax­pay­er­s' Rights
    Ap­pro­pri­ate Use of Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­ports The OECD has now pub­lished Guid­ance (avail­able here) on the ap­pro­pri­ate use of Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­ports (‘Cb­CRs’) by na­tion­al tax au­thor­it­ies. This is in re­sponse to some val­id MNE con­cerns that tax au­thor­it­ies.
    Lux­em­bourg | Coun­try-by-Coun­try Re­port­ing
    Im­pend­ing UK In­her­it­ance Tax Changes
    In the 2015 Sum­mer Budget, pro­pos­als were an­nounced to change the UK tax re­gime for non-dom­i­ciles. These pro­pos­als were the sub­ject of a con­sulta­tion pa­per which was pub­lished on 19 Au­gust 2016. The new re­gime will take ef­fect as planned from 6 April 2017.
    Trans­fer Pri­cing | A stra­tegic ap­proach for glob­al...
    In­dia Budget 2017 - 2018
    On 1 Feb­ru­ary, Fin­ance Min­is­ter Ar­un Jait­ley presen­ted In­dia’s an­nu­al Uni­on Budget for 2017-2018 (the “Budget”) for the fisc­al year be­gin­ning 1 April 2017. The cent­ral aim in this year’s Budget ap­pears to fo­cus on the most vul­ner­able with in­creased spend­ing.
    Tax Con­nect | In­creas­ing budget re­quire­ments of European...
    BEPS Up­date: Mul­ti­lat­er­al In­stru­ment Pub­lished
    The OECD has now pub­lished the mul­ti­lat­er­al in­stru­ment (“MLI”) that will im­ple­ment cer­tain of the treaty-re­lated pro­pos­als from its pro­ject on tack­ling base erosion and profit shift­ing (“BEPS”).
    Au­tumn State­ment: Re­forms to the tax­a­tion of non-dom­i­ciled in­di­vidu­als
    The UK’s Chan­cel­lor of Ex­chequer de­livered his an­nu­al Au­tumn State­ment today. As pre­vi­ously an­nounced at the 2015 Sum­mer Budget and fol­low­ing the HM Treas­ury con­sulta­tion pub­lished on 19 Au­gust 2016, the gov­ern­ment has con­firmed that from April 2017: .
    European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes Cor­por­ate Tax Re­form Pack­age, re­launch­ing...
    As part of a Cor­por­ate Tax Re­form Pack­age, the EC has pub­lished four pro­pos­als for Coun­cil Dir­ect­ives. 1. Pro­pos­als to re­launch the Com­mon Con­sol­id­ated Cor­por­ate Tax Base First, the European Com­mis­sion (“EC”) has an­nounced that it is re­launch­ing its pro­pos­al.
    Im­pend­ing UK In­her­it­ance Tax Changes
    In the 2015 Sum­mer Budget, pro­pos­als were an­nounced to change the UK tax re­gime for non-dom­i­ciles. These pro­pos­als were the sub­ject of a con­sulta­tion pa­per Re­forms to the Tax­a­tion of Non-dom­i­ciles: fur­ther con­sulta­tion which was pub­lished on 19 Au­gust 2016.
    EU Anti Tax Avoid­ance Dir­ect­ive: Im­pact on In­vest­ment Funds
    EU Mem­ber States re­cently reached an agree­ment on the EU Anti Tax Avoid­ance Dir­ect­ive 2016/0011 (the “Dir­ect­ive”). The Dir­ect­ive is aimed at tax plan­ning prac­tices cur­rently widely used by mul­tina­tion­al com­pan­ies and builds on the OECD's Base Erosion and Profit.