Payroll Services in France

At Bradford Jacobs, we navigate the administration of the French payroll system for you. We do the work, so you do not have to.

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Our Employer of Record (EOR) platform provides reliable solutions for companies wishing to establish their presence in France’s economy. From setting up operations to ensuring compliance with the local payroll laws and regulations, we offer dedicated Payroll services in France that can be personalised to your requirements.

We navigate the administration of the France payroll system for you, and we also make the returns and associated payments for income tax and social security contributions directly from our payroll system to the local tax authorities.

  • Remote payroll – This option allows businesses to operate under a single payroll system by adding employees in France to your parent company’s payroll. However, these employees must operate under different regulations, which is likely to cause problems.
  • Internal payroll – You may operate payroll from your subsidiary, especially if you are committed to growing your company’s presence in France. However, this does require hiring dedicated HR staff that understand French employment and compliance laws.
  • France payroll processing company – If you are considering outsourcing, working with a French payroll company will help in processing your payroll – but not when it comes to compliance.
  • France payroll outsourcing – However, another option is available to solve both concerns – by working with a company such as Bradford Jacobs. We can handle your payroll and compliance for all your employees in France. We take the administrative stress off your shoulders so you can focus on what you do best.

It is not mandatory for foreign companies to establish a legal entity in-country to run payroll services in France. Companies that establish a legal presence to run payroll must follow stringent registration procedures, at the risk of fines, confiscation of property or even deportation and a three-year ban on re-entering France. Bradford Jacobs’ payroll services provide what you need – ensuring you stay up to date with the rules. We make filings and associated payments for wage tax and social security contributions directly from our payroll system to the relevant authorities. Our role includes:

  • Checking that your company name is unique and not already trademarked with the French Patent and Trademark Office (Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle, INPI) or on their website.
  • Liaising with the Centre for Administrative Procedures (Centres de Formalités des Enterprises, CFE), which checks applications, and submits incorporation documents.
  • Applying with the Form 2043 to the Ministry of Economy and Finance for employees’ for employees’ tax numbers.
  • Registering employees with their local tax office (Service des Impôts des Particuliers).
  • Registering with the Agence Centrale des Organismes de Sécurité Sociale (ACOSS) so employees are covered by the five funds of the social security system.
  • Registering with the Unions de Recouvrement des Cotisations de Sécurité Sociale et d’Allocations Familiales, (URSSAF), which handles social security deductions.
  • Drafting valid employee contracts in French, to be legally valid, though translations can be requested.
  • Applying for employees’ special expatriation status (if applicable).
  • Calculating employees’ monthly salaries and sending them their payslips.
  • Researching for any available tax incentives.
  • Submitting employees’ or employers’ wage tax returns and social insurance forms.
  • Creating and submitting your company’s annual accounts and year-end statements.
  • Creating payment schedules for wage tax, national insurance, and net wages.
  • Ensuring accurate personal income tax returns for you and your employees.

This ‘to do’ list emphasises why the popular choice for most foreign companies expanding into France is to hand payroll administration to Employer of Record (EOR) providers such as Bradford Jacobs. Outsourcing company payroll guarantees employees are paid, tax returns are filed, and social security obligations are all met in full and on time – without the risk of fines and sanctions for failure to comply. Bradford Jacobs provides the complete service to remove all the stress and anxiety from your company.

Requirements for running payroll services in France depend on how foreign companies establish their presence. To begin paying payroll in France, you will need to:

  • Verify your chosen company name is available with the French Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) and the Commercial Court Registry and apply for the Certificate of Uniqueness.
  • Submit the incorporation application to the Centre for Administrative Procedures (Centres de Formalités des Enterprises, CFE), which then liaises with other relevant authorities and agencies and issues Form M0.
  • Obtain Certificate of Incorporation, ‘Extrait Kbis’.
  • Register with the Ministry of Economy and Finance for taxation purposes.
  • Obtain your employee’s personal tax number by applying with Form 2043 to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
  • Register employees with their local tax office, Service des Impôts des Particuliers.
  • Register with the Agence Centrale des Organismes de Sécurité Sociale (ACOSS) so employees are covered by the five funds of the social security system.
  • Register with the Unions de Recouvrement des Cotisations de Sécurité Sociale et d’Allocations Familiales (URSSAF), which oversees social security deductions. Companies/employers are not legally required to make payroll payments from an in-country bank account.

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