//History

For more than 30 years, RFN has been the renowned partner of Dutch and Belgian businesses operating in France. Since our foundation in 1984, we have continuously expanded the scope of our services. Today, RFN provides assistance to both companies and private individuals with regard to accountancy, tax and social security.

RFN has its roots in the French municipality of Boeschepe, located on the border with Belgium. In the same town there used to be a customs house where truck drivers crossing the border could arrange their VAT-formalities.

As a result of economic integration, cross-border traffic in Europe grew rapidly. Dutch and Belgian businesses also increasingly invested abroad and developed new commercial activities overseas. RFN was established in 1984 to meet the rising demand for Dutch language advice on French VAT regulations, particularly concerning cross-border transactions.

The Treaty of Maastricht (1992) converted the European Communities into the European Union. The creation of the single European market was a key driving force in the rise of cross-border commerce and business activities in the 1990s. VAT consulting services gradually became a specialist field due to the disappearance of internal frontiers and the complexity of VAT legislation in Europe.

In subsequent years, RFN considerably expanded the scope of its services. Today, RFN provides assistance to both businesses and private individuals with regard to accountancy, tax, payroll, business consulting and real estate transactions.

Since the mid-1990s, Marnix CORNETTE has been managing director of RFN. Marnix (1966) is an accountant and graduated in Applied Economics (Gent) and Tax and Audit (VlerickBusinessSchool). He started working for RFN in 1989 and is expert-comptable (chartered accountant).

Besides RFN, three other companies have been established in recent years:  Mutations Consultants (office registration; 2000), A.VAT.S (VAT and excise tax; 2001) and FRTS (surplus value tax; 2007).  French law stipulates that these activities need to be separated from accounting services in distinct legal entities.