I'd suggest getting employed very briefly, then being put on 'chomage'
After that setup as micro entrepreneur. Corporate taxes aren't the issue in France, social taxes are the killer.
If you do micro entrepreneur after being unemployed you get like a year without social taxes.
In // look into setting up an SAS, which should enable you to pay yourself in dividends only, they are variations on setup.
If you want to keep your personal address out of it they are address providers.
With a little research you can limit your taxation for a few years, after that maybe you'll try and escape the 'vivre ensemble'
Thanks a lot. Is there any minimum employment duration to benefit from "chomage"? I have never paid any taxes or worked in France so not sure if I can claim anything besides RSA and CMU today. I was actually thinking of starting a SASU instead of micro entrepreneur as I don't have to pay myself and I can avoid paying "cotisations sociales" if I understand correctly.
I also thought of the micro entrepreneur status, but I think that given the nature of my business, the clients would like to see an actual company as the service provider versus a micro entreprise (but I might be wrong)
Just register a business in France, make expenses to reduce your tax base and pay tax.
It is not worth the risk to set up anything thing in Hong Kong if you live in France. In the future when you relocate out of EU you can always create a new business in Hong Kong and inform all your clients you move out and will bill with the new corporation.
France is even more strict than neighboring countries on anything from China (product import) and Hong Kong (tax evasion). Even if you would do any legal setup, which is unlikely since you don't have substance in Hong Kong it will only raise red flags and cost you a lot to tax consultants, lawyers and compliance.
Even using Hong Kong and paying taxes in France still raises red flags, as why would you do that if there is no substance in Hong Kong.
Focus on the business
Thanks for the info, I agree with that. I can easily see myself being stuck in the middle of red tape and HK/France governments asking for various different justifications and I don't want to get stuck into that, even if it means saving 20% in net income/post tax renumeration especially as my business will likely not generate a lot of revenue in the first 1 or 2 years.