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Wise Persons Group on Challenges Facing the Customs Union

Wise Persons Group on Challenges Facing the Customs Union (WPG) was established to generate innovative ideas and concepts that contribute to the ongoing debate about the future of the Customs Union.

The Customs Union, within the European Union (EU), is the largest trading block globally, accounting for over 15% of world trade. In recent years, the Customs Union has faced various challenges, including the rise of e-commerce and increased workload due to the departure of the United Kingdom from the EU Customs Union. Read more

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Import Control System 2 – Release 2

There is new information on how to organize the migration to ICS2 version 2!


Postal operators, express and airlines and freight forwarders.


The second release will enter into force on 1 March 2023. Read more about the ICS2 Release 2 procedure for entrepreneurs here.
You can also find more information about migrating from ICS2 version 1 to version 2 here. Read more

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Ecofin: Updated EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes

On February 14, 2023, EU Member States reached an agreement to update the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. The latest update consists of 16 jurisdictions that lack commitment to improving their tax good governance or have made no progress towards their previous commitments, and are therefore included in Annex I of the EU list. These countries include American Samoa, Anguilla, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Fiji, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Panama, Russia, Samoa, Trinidad & Tobago, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the US Virgin Islands, and Vanuatu. Read more

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Fair taxation: agreement on minimum taxation for multinationals

The Czech Presidency of the EU Council has announced its unanimous agreement with the Commission’s proposal for a Directive, which ensures that large multinational groups pay a minimum effective tax rate. This historic agreement brings the EU closer to fulfilling its pledge to be among the first to implement the OECD tax reform. Once in effect, this agreement will introduce fairness, transparency, and stability to the international corporate tax framework. Read more

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Exportations from France

As of October 1, 2020, companies not established in the European Union (“EU”) can no longer appear as Exporter in box 2 of customs export declarations (EXA) made in France. However, in practice, French customs continued to accept companies established outside the EU to appear as exporters on customs documents. Read more

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Customs importer vs fiscal importer, in France

The “direct” mode of representation is not allowed by European customs regulations for the import of goods in the name and on behalf of a company established outside the European Union (“EU”)

When you use a freight forwarder, carrier or other person established in the EU to import goods into EU territory, it is very likely that they will have offered to sign a mandate authorizing to act in the name and on behalf of your company according to the mode of “direct” representation. However, this mode of representation is only authorized by customs regulations if the person represented (endorsing the status of “declarant”) has an establishment within the EU. Read more

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Electronic invoicing between taxable persons (“e-invoicing”) and transmission of information (“e-reporting”) to the French tax authorities from 1 July 2024

From 1 July 2024, businesses will face new procedures for the transmission of invoices (“e-invoicing”) and transaction data (“e-reporting”).
The application of one and/or the other procedure will depend on the place of establishment of the parties, the territoriality rules allowing to determine whether the transaction falls within the scope of application of French VAT, as well as the applicable invoicing rules.
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La Représentation Fiscal is a founding member of the Association of French Tax Representatives

La Représentation Fiscal (LRF) is a founding member of the Association of French Tax Representatives  (Association des Représentants Fiscaux Français  – ARFF), a professional association with a mission to offer its Members a forum for discussion and exchange on any tax or customs subject related to the tasks of accredited tax representative. Read more