Why am I receiving an email about my trading activity in France from Amazon?
Due to changes in French legislation, Amazon must now provide information about your account’s trading activity to the French authorities each year. Essentially this will allow the French government to chase businesses that owe FR VAT or that should be registered for VAT in France.
Amazon are sending everyone the data that they have sent to the French government to give those affected a chance to get in touch with the French authorities directly.
What do I need to do?
There are two scenarios:
- Your business is already registered for French VAT. If this is the case then you do not need to do anything.
- Your business is not currently registered for French VAT.
If this is the case you will now need to review whether or not you need to register for French VAT (read on below).
When should I be registered for French VAT?
You should register for French VAT if either of the two following conditions are met:
- You physically store goods in France (e.g. Amazon FR FBA warehouse)
- You have exceeded the French Distance Selling Threshold (DST) - currently €35,000 EUR
How do I know if I have exceeded the DST for France?
Handily, the email in question should actually show you your current DST figure. To see a screenshot: CLICK HERE
If the sales figure is above €35,000 then you have breached the distance selling threshold (DST) and need to take action.
Do I need to check my DST every single month from now on?
No. The DST applies to a calendar year (Jan to Dec) so you will not monitor this on a monthly basis.
So... Now what?
If you believe that you now need to register French VAT reply to this email and we will let you know what you need to do.
If you do not need to register for French VAT then you do not need to take any further action.