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About Us

As a general practice firm we provide a wide range of tax-related services to our clients. Our speciality is to act for English-speaking individuals and families who need advice on how to buy properties in France or the tax consequences of coming to live in France permanently.

We also act for an increasing number of companies who wish to set up a subsidiary in France and need English-speaking accountants to assist them with their accounting needs.

Whilst there are, to be sure, many purely French accounting firms who employ partners and staff with a good grasp of English, or even employ British nationals, it is much rarer to find a firm which, by its ethos and the educational background of its founder and staff, can properly be called an English firm in France. James Howes & Co is different in this respect from virtually all other accountancy firms in Paris.

Why is this of interest? Well, private clients especially find it very useful to be able to speak to accountants who understand the problems that confront them in France as well as being able to relate to the British tax and commercial background from which the client is coming. Dealing with British chartered accountants who are also proud to be qualified in France is stimulating and productive and helps to avoid the misunderstandings which all too often occur because of the language barrier or the culture gap between our two countries.

The professional bodies of which James Howes & Co staff are members include the following:

French Accreditation


Ordre des Experts Comptables:

The Ordre des Experts Comptables is the official French body of
which all independent practising accountants must be members.

British and International Accreditation


Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales


Association of Chartered Certified Accountants


Chartered Institute of Taxation


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”)