All VAT payments in France need to be made by direct debit. This system is called telepaiements and it´s mandatory for all VAT registered businesses, including non-established companies in France. Only bank accounts opened in France or in one of the SEPA countries are accepted with the exception of UK. Companies with UK bank
accounts will have to use a French bank account or any other as long as it complies with SEPA B2B standards.
To set up the direct debit, the taxpayer needs to create an account in the tax authorities portal. Once the account has been created and activated, the taxpayer should click on ´Gerer mes comptes bancaires´ under Section ´Mes services´. Then ´Gerer vos comptes bancaires´, then you enter the SIREN number and click on Rechercher and then Déclarer une compte in the bottom right corner. The bank account details should be added to the following section. In the last step, you should get a Direct debit mandate and have it signed by the legal representative and sent to your bank. You can find a template of this mandate and more information about the process under e-filing registration
Because payments are made via direct debit, there is no need to provide a reference, period or any other detail to the bank. The VAT payment will be instructed automatically by the system and linked to the submitted return.
It is not possible to make VAT payments by bank transfer to the bank account of the tax authorities.