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Preparing invoices (factures) in France

As part of how series of How to’s for expats wanting to live and work in France here are our top tips when invoicing clients as an auto-entrepreneur in France

The facts

devis is an estimate and a facture is an invoice. You must include the following information on your invoices in France:

  • Date of invoice.
  • Date of service or sale.
  • Description of service or sale.
  • Price, any discounts.
  • Total amount.
  • You cannot charge VAT (TVA) so all invoices must include the words ‘TVA non applicable, article 293 B du CGI’.
  • Client name and address.
  • Your company name and if relevant, your professional qualifications.
  • SIREN number.
  • If a tradesperson, then details of the mandatory 10-year insurance (dates of validity, geographical area, insurer).

Legal payment terms are 30 days from the receipt of the goods or service.

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