Advise on law status and establishing a business in France
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Mohamed Mehenoun  Identity Verified
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Apr 13, 2010

Hello,

I'm thinking about relocating elsewhere.

An option would be to rellocate in France, but I would need to get some papers from the administration (father's proof of nationality) and to establish my nationality...

And actually I have two questions:

1/ Is there any kind of lawyer who can help me obtain documents from the administration if I don't have the original papers (would be more of a detective work).

2/If I pass step two and establish my proof of nationality, would it be easy to set up a business as a freelancer without the help of a lawyer, and what kind of taxes would I have to pay ?

Thanks in advance for your help.

MoH


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Helen B  Identity Verified
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Setting up a business in France Apr 13, 2010

I don't know the answer to your first question. However, there have been lots of complaints in France lately about how difficult it is to have your French nationality established. The procedure does not seem overly straightforward so it might be useful to get help (more information about the request procedure here).

As far as setting up a business in France is concerned, you will find lots of information on the APCE website (http://www.apce.com/).
In any case if you opt for the simplest forms of companies (Auto-entrepreneur ou Entreprise individuelle), you will not need the assistance of a lawyer.


[Edited at 2010-04-13 07:36 GMT]


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Mohamed Mehenoun  Identity Verified
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Thanks Hélène Apr 13, 2010

Thanks !

Actually, I tried to do step 1 by myself but it's depressing as there is little information given from the consulate for a special case like mine thus the idea of a lawyer to save myself the trouble and have it done by a pro...

For the second point I'm also interested in the percentage of revenue I'll have to give to the gov.

Thanks a lot again


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Helen B  Identity Verified
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Tax Apr 13, 2010

As an Entreprise individuelle, my rough estimate is that between 40 and 50 % of my income will be used to pay taxes and contributions. I don't know if you've read it already but there's an interesting thread that mentioned this subject here.

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Pablo Bouvier  Identity Verified
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Advise on law status and establishing a business in France Apr 13, 2010

Mohamed Mehenoun wrote:

Hello,

I'm thinking about relocating elsewhere.

An option would be to rellocate in France, but I would need to get some papers from the administration (father's proof of nationality) and to establish my nationality...

And actually I have two questions:

1/ Is there any kind of lawyer who can help me obtain documents from the administration if I don't have the original papers (would be more of a detective work).

2/If I pass step two and establish my proof of nationality, would it be easy to set up a business as a freelancer without the help of a lawyer, and what kind of taxes would I have to pay ?

Thanks in advance for your help.

MoH


Read this. Hope it helps.


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Mohamed Mehenoun  Identity Verified
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thanks Pablo it did help Apr 13, 2010

Thanks Pablo it was very useful !

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Tatty  Identity Verified
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Wow! Apr 13, 2010

I was thinking about relocating to France too, but 40-50% for tax etc. is seriously steep.

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Mohamed Mehenoun  Identity Verified
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Indeed! Apr 13, 2010

yes I think so too !

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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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This is one of the reasons why... Apr 13, 2010

Tatty wrote:

I was thinking about relocating to France too, but 40-50% for tax etc. is seriously steep.


I am searching for alternatives. France is definitively neither the best, nor the cheapest country to live in when you are a sole proprietor... And some potential customers/clients seem to think that even € 0.10 ex VAT per word is way too expensive.

[Edited at 2010-04-13 10:33 GMT]


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Mohamed Mehenoun  Identity Verified
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Get the nationality and then locate elsewhere ? Apr 13, 2010

Maybe the best option in my case would be to get my paperwork done and locate elswhere in Europe then...Anyone can recommand a lawyer ?

Thanks ?


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