If your company is ready to start selling in France, you’ll need to have a template for your client invoices. Creating the template may seem like a simple task but getting the right format can often be a little trickier than you’d expect.
It’s worth bearing in mind that your corporate invoice must include specific mandatory disclosures required by French commercial law. Also, a regular invoice must be drawn up for each transaction related to a service delivery or a sale of goods carried out by your company.
There are 4 main reasons for creating an invoice template:
- Commercial law: it provides the conditions for the negotiation of the sale between the supplier and the customer
- Legal proof: it constitutes the legal proof of sale and establishes the right of claim of the seller to his client
- Bookkeeping requirements: it is an accounting document that allows the preparation of the annual accounts and can serve as justification
- Tax requirements: it must disclose the applicable VAT rate and its amount which can be checked by the tax authorities
If you don’t comply with the invoice requirements, you are liable to a fine of 50% of the sums received for failure to invoice (Art 1737-I-3 of the CGI) and a mandatory fine of 15 € (Article 1737-II of the CGI) for omitted or inaccurate mentions.
Our package includes the creation of the invoice template and the initial setup in our invoice dedicated software. We will also provide you with training on how to use the software to automatically create your own invoices in the future.
We will create a template with your company logo and legal notices with our dedicated software, allowing you to update your client’s database ready for dispatch. The invoice model that we produce will always comply with all French legal requirements.
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