The chartered accountant: is it mandatory in France?

Chartered accountant regulation

The short answer is: No, having a chartered accountant running the accounts of your company is not mandatory in France; there’s no regulation against taking care of the accounting in your company yourself. Nevertheless, it is still very heavily advised.

However, there’s still regulation on company accounting.

Indeed, if you want to outsource your company’s accounting, then you cannot hire anyone other than a chartered accountant, and it would be illegal for anyone else to practice accounting activities for other companies.

But since it is not mandatory, is it still worth hiring a chartered accountant?

Absolutely! There are many advantages that come with it, such as:

  • Benefitting from the know-how of the accountant
  • Saving time
  • Making sure the documents of the company are correct
  • Being advised by an expert in real-time