Workforce Payments Guide France

Last updated: Dec 26, 2023

Euro (EUR)
Payroll Frequency
Fiscal Year
1 January - 31 December
Employer Taxes
29.50% - 31.30%
Employee Costs
Central Bank
Bank of France
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3rd Party Payments

Authority Payment Frequency Due Date Payment Method
Withholding tax- DGFIP Monthly 15th of the following month Direct Debit /SEPA
Pension- Humanis Pension Monthly 15th of the following month Wire/SEPA
Training tax- OPCO ATLAS Annually Wire/SEPA
Social Security- URSSAF Monthly 15th of the following month Wire/SEPA
Life Insurance- Verlingue Life Quarterly 25th of the following month Wire/SEPA

Payments Coverage

Papapya Global fully support payments in France. The funding currencies may be AED,AUD,CAD, CHF, kr DKK, EUR, GBP, HKD, NZD, kr SEK, SGD, USD. The payout Currency is EUR and the payment is done on the same day.

Contractor Payments

Papaya Global supports payments to contractors in France. The payout currency may vary based on the receiver bank account setup when receiving foreign currencies. it is advised for contractors to reach out to their bank to confirm how foreign currencies are handled

Payroll Frequency



IBAN Example France


IBAN in print FR22 1450 8000 5015 2924 8186 Y06
Country Code FR
Digit Code 22
Bank Code 14508
Bank Account Number 00050


“Know Your Customer” (KYC) – is a process that allows companies to verify the identity of their clients. It is also used to refer to the banking regulation that governs these activities. In France, recent regulatory developments (5th AML-FT directive, international sanctions, FATCA / CRS / EAI, duty of advice, GDPR, etc.) require financial institutions to strengthen the measures deployed in terms of customer knowledge.

KYC measures are established around a process of identification and verification of a client’s identity in which a series of checks and verifications are applied to avoid business relationships with people linked to terrorism, corruption or money laundering, among others.

The key stages of the KYC process are as follows:

  1. Customer Identification: Verifying the identity of the customers through valid and reliable documents, such as a passport or national identity card.
  2. Customer Due Diligence: Assessment of the potential risks associated with the customer and the nature of the business relationship. This includes gathering information about the customer’s source of funds, business activities, and beneficial owners.
  3. Ongoing Monitoring: Monitor the customers on an ongoing basis and report any suspicious activities to the relevant authorities.

In order to proceed with this analysis, the following list of information and documents is required:

  • Copy of K-bis certificate
  • Copy of the articles of incorporation
  • Copy of the company’s bank details
  • Copy of the work time reduction agreement
  • Copy of the profit-sharing agreement
  • Copy of the legal profit-sharing agreement
  • Copy of the employment contracts & amendments duly signed
  • Justification of all benefits in kind calculation (meals, lodging, vehicle, etc.)
  • Salary payment date
  • Copy of the working accident rate notification
  • Copy of all contributions returns life insurance
  • Copy of all contributions returns healthcare insurance
  • Copy of all contributions returns supplementary pension
    (contracts articles 82 and/or 83 CGI)
  • Copy of all contributions returns of the CEO unemployment insurance
  • Copy of all contributions returns annual work medical visit
  • Copy of the life insurance contract(s)
  • Copy of the healthcare insurance contract(s)
  • Copy of the supplementary pension contract(s)
    (contracts articles 82 and/or 83 CGI)
  • Copy of the observation letter further to the last social security audit
  • Copy of all tax on salaries return
  • Copy of the construction contribution return
  • Copy of the disabled employment return
  • Copy of apprenticeship tax return
  • Copy of permanent professional education tax
  • Copy of the 1% tax on the short-term employment contracts
  • Copy of all withholding tax returns
  • Copy of the last meal tickets purchase invoice
  • Log in details of IMPOT.GOUV
  • Log in details of NET ENTERPRISE
  • Log in details of the OPCO
  • Log in details of health and life insurance

Banking Regulations

Banking regulations in France are governed by the Autorite de Controle Prudentiel et de Resolution (ACPR), which is responsible for supervising and regulating financial institutions in the country. In terms of cross-border workforce payments, France is part of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), which aims to make cross-border payments within the European Union as easy and efficient as domestic payments.

SEPA has established common instruments, standards, procedures, and infrastructures to ensure that all transactions (domestic and cross-border) offer the same conditions of ease, efficiency, and security. The SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit are two payment instruments that have been developed to facilitate cross-border payments within the European Union.

In addition to SEPA, there are other country-specific banking laws and regulations that impact cross-border workforce payments in France. For example, the French Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Act (Loi n 2016-1691 du 9 decembre 2016 relative a la transparence, a la lutte contre la corruption et a la modernisation de la vie economique) requires financial institutions to conduct customer due diligence and report suspicious transactions to the relevant authorities.

The act also requires financial institutions to verify the identity of their customers and maintain records of their transactions.

Another regulation that impacts cross-border workforce payments in France is the French Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which requires foreign financial institutions to report information about their U.S. account holders to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Bank Account Opening

Opening a company bank account in France involves several steps and requires certain documents. Here’s a general overview:


  1. Select a Bank: Choose a bank that suits your business needs.
  2. Meet with a Business Advisor: Many traditional banks in France require you to meet with a business advisor before starting the process.
  3. Prepare a Business Plan: Even if you don’t plan to borrow money, preparing a short business plan or financial plan can be helpful.
  4. Submit Your Application: After your meeting, you can submit your application along with the required documents.

Documents: The documents required may vary depending on the type of business and the bank’s requirements. However, generally, you will need:

  • Proof of Identity: Such as a passport.
  • Proof of Address: A utility bill less than 3 months old with your full address.
  • Business Documents: These may include a copy of the articles of association, the most recent annual return, and a certificate of incorporation.
  • Business Plan or Financial Forecasts: Especially if you’re planning to borrow money.

Please note that this is a general guide and the exact process and documents required may vary.

International Banks

Some of the foreign banks operating in France include:

  • BNP Paribas
  • HSBC Continental Europe
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Barclays Bank
  • Bank of America
  • Citibank

Local Major Banks

  • BNP Paribas
  • Societe Generale
  • Credit Agricole Group
  • Banque Populaire
  • Caisse d’Epargne
  • La Banque Postale
  • HSBC France
  • LCL
  • AXA Banque
  • CIC

Payment Tools

Credit and Debit Cards: Credit and debit cards are the most commonly used payment methods in France, accounting for around 60% of online transactions.

Digital Wallets: Digital wallets, such as PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Amazon Pay, have also gained popularity in recent years, holding nearly 30% of the online payment market share.

Cash:particularly for smaller transactions (under EUR 10).

Bank Transfers: Bank transfers are another top payment method in France, accounting for around 16% of online payments.

SEPA Direct Debits: SEPA Direct Debits are also gaining popularity in France.


In France, cryptocurrencies are recognized and regulated. However, the specific legality of paying employees in cryptocurrency is not explicitly stated in the available resources. It’s important to note that using cryptocurrencies for transactions, such as paying for goods and services, can lead to tax obligations.

Moreover, when considering paying employees in cryptocurrency, it’s crucial to ensure that the payment meets fair wage standards set forth by the relevant laws.

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