From 2013, the national foreign firms’ center will begin using international BIC and IBAN numbers as part of the European Sepa project. The Sepa (Single Euro Payments Area) project is designed to standardize payment procedures in euros. It applies to the most commonly used methods of payment in Europe : credit cards, bank transfers and direct debit.
If you have chosen direct debit
Your debit authorization will automatically switch over to a standardized debit order. It will no longer be managed by your bank but by your national foreign firms’ center.
Your Sepa Creditor’s Identification number (ICS), which belongs to the Alsace Urssaf, will appear on your contribution statements, as will the single order reference number (RUM) for your debit order.
Under the terms of the TFE service, your account may be debited fewer than 14 calendar days after you receive your contribution statement.
You will need to notify your center if you change or cancel your debit order. Your bank will handle any complaints related to a debit operation.
If you have set up an international bank transfer
Companies that already pay their social security contributions by bank transfer will not need to take any additional steps.
If you want to begin paying your Social security contributions by bank transfer, you will need to get in touch with your TFE center. Your center will give you its banking information either in the standardized Sepa format or in the RIB format, depending on how your software is configured.
If you are receiving a contribution refund for the first time, the Urssaf will contact you for your banking information.