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Can anybody tell me what, if any rules need to be considered in preparing quarterly and annual TVA returns for a new café business? Do the returns have to be certified by an accountant and if so, on every return or just annually?

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Not catering business but I just used to sign and send back the TVA quarterly returns myself and then the accountant would confirm all figures end of the year main return but OH was the only signature allowed as he was the business. To be honest unless you are completely fluent in all matters french, paying an accountant to do your books and knowing what allowances etc you are due is something I would advocate especially where TVA and other taxes,subventions,cotisations etc are concerned. You can find a reasonable self employed comptable locally who understands your business whereas other trades have specialist comptables who know the ins and outs of that business. They are also invaluable when arguing with the likes of the RSI for heavy demands etc and plus if you want a bank loan for the business they usually ask for a letter of confirmation from your accountant too!
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Thanks for the reply, which does answer my question.

We have used accountants in the UK for many years and their services have been very valuable at times.

Nevertheless, much of what they do is duplication of effort, for which they charge handsomely.

Similarly we have received proposals from a number of French ones for a business venture here, but we would prefer to reduce their involvement to the bare bones.

The sorts of fees being kicked around equate to 2% of gross turnover, with provisios to charge more for additional work.
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Unfortunately it does seem here that if you wish in the future to take out a loan for the business or even personal, you may require the services of an accountant to back up your accounts which the banks normally wish to examine and see that they are verified etc.
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