For Service n°13

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Incentives to Increase Employment in SMEs

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Financial Help and Tax Credits to Increase Employment and Business Competition in France

Often France is considered as the land of tight fiscal policy, a country lumbered with high taxes with little room for manoeuvre. This, however, is often not the case and there are several financial aids and tax credits which are designed to improve employment opportunities and facilitate healthy business competition between firms by decreasing the social charges which companies are currently under the impression that they have to pay.

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French Research and Development Incentives 2016

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Starting up in France? Enjoy tax exemptions while you focus on getting your business off the ground.


In order to encourage new companies to invest in France, the French government has created different incentives to encourage the startup of innovative companies. These are accorded a JEI status (Jeune Entreprise Innovante) and a CIR tax credit (Credit Impôt Recherche). These allow the firms to enjoy tax exemptions during the initial few years, such as a reduction of the French social security contributions.

France’s Research Tax Credit covers 30% of all R&D expenses, up to 100 million euros, and 5% above this threshold. Salaries for research staff are included, as are 50% of R&D operating costs, and 75% of investments in R&D operations.

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French Research Tax Credit

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Are you a private research organisation based in the European Union or the European Economic Area?

You can request Research Tax Credit to develop your client base in France

The French Research Tax Credit scheme was established in 1983 to favour R&D investment. Since 2008, companies eligible for the Research Tax Credit scheme have benefited from a credit of 30% for research expenditure up to €100 million and 5% above this threshold.

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