registration of legal entity

Cost of registration The cost of the second year Number of Directors Corporate tax rates Payment of Charter Capital Financial statements
1650.00 USD 850.00 USD 1 20.00% 2500.00 Да

Company registration in Estonia

Регистрация компании в Эстонии

Estonia is a country where establishment of a business with the tax rate of 0% is possible. An offshore company in Estonia can be registered with the assistance of the Law&Trust lawyers. The experts provide free consultations for citizens of the state and non-residents of the country, and appointment for the conversation is carried out by phone, as well as on the website of Law&Trust.

The main advantages when registering company in Estonia are the following:

  • Lack of income tax for non-resident businessmen.
  • Estonia is not included in the black lists of offshore zones that allows to ensure reputation of business.
  • Banking environment is convenient for use, because it allows to interact with any types of currencies, and there is almost no control over transactions by government authorities.
  • Managing offshore company in Estonia is possible through Internet, but the real office of the company shall be present in the territory of the country.
  • The process of registration of a company in Estonia is simple and quick, and local residents demonstrate favourable attitude in relation to foreign entrepreneurs.

Apply for Law&Trust company in order to obtain forms of primary documentation and legal consultation on each stage of the company's formation in Estonia.

Business in Estonia: the stages of establishing companies

Selection of organizational and legal form

  • OU (Limited Liability Company) is one of the most cost-efficient types of business in Estonia that can be established by non-resident or citizen of the country. The founder shall have focal person and legal address in the territory of the state. The amount of minimum authorized capital is equal to 2500 euros and can be contributed in different ways, which will be specified in detail by our lawyers. The liability of the company is limited by the amount of the authorized capital.
  • FIE (individual entrepreneur). This form of incorporation does not require the contribution of initial capital, but natural person who is the founder is liable in the amount of the value of all his property. He is obliged to pay advance payments in the amount of 352 euros per quarter and 33% of the income tax. The income tax in Estonia is not levied from non-residents.
  • Joint-stock company. One shareholder and minimum authorized capital in the amount of 25.000 euros are sufficient to establish this form of business in Estonia. In order to manage the company it is necessary to establish the board consisting of three people, and all shares issued by the company shall be registered with the authorized body.

In addition to those listed, it is possible to register company in Estonia in the form of limited partnership or business association. The conditions of the establishment for citizens and non-residents can be specified by phone and in chat of Law&Trust company.

Review of the tax rates

  • In case of presence of workforce, three types of contributions shall be paid, namely: income tax in the amount of 20%, social tax of 33% and unemployment insurance at the rate of 2.4%.
  • If the annual business turnover in Estonia exceeds 16,000 euros, the company is assigned by VAT number, and the payment of tax in the amount of 20% is required.
  • In case of presence of workforce, three types of contributions shall be paid, namely: income tax (only if the company decides to pay dividends) of 25%, social tax of 33% and unemployment insurance at the rate of 2.4%.

All of the abovementioned taxation rules for companies in Estonia do not apply to non-resident companies, and in order to comply with all offshore rules, it is necessary to examine legislation or apply for consultation to Law & Trust.

Further, the founder must select the name of the business in Estonia and determine its type of activity by selecting it from the special list. The rule of phonetic coincidence is in effect in the territory of the state, in view of which the name can be rejected in case of consonance with already existing names.

Offshore companies in Estonia select one main type of activity and indicate its code from the EMTAC registry during the registration process. After that, the state fee is paid, and the amount of contribution is set according to the type of legal entity.

Consideration of the application for registration of business in Estonia is carried out by the Commercial Register within the period from 1 to 5 working days. In order to contribute the authorized capital, it is necessary to open bank account. The bank can be selected personally or apply for assistance of the experts of our company.

The registration of a company in Estonia involves the collection of statutory documents and personal information of the founder, and the services of experts of Law & Trust company will help to avoid standing in the queues and mistakes while preparing documentation. The clients’ support is maintained not only during the registration procedure, but also after the establishment of a new company.

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General information
Square45 228.00
Population1 274 710.00
State polityParliamentary republic
Telephone code372
Place in the world in corruption29
locationEastern Europe
Climatemaritime; wet, moderate winters, cool summers; avg. maximum temperature +30°; avg. minimum temperature -8°
Literacy rate99.80%
Ethnic groupsEstonian 67.9%, Russian 25.6%, Ukrainian 2.1%, Belarusian 1.3%, Finn 0.9%, other 2.2%
National currencyЕuro (EUR)
USD exchange rate0.75
GDP per capita62
Official languageEstonian
Credit ratingA-
The judiciarySupreme Court, District Court, district courts
Executive authorityMinisters appointed by the prime minister and approved by parliament
Legislative authoritiesunicameral Parliament or Riigikogu. Includes 101 place: members are elected for 4 years
Corporate information
Opportunity to purchase ready-made companiesNo
Legal systemCivil law
The use of the Cyrillic alphabet in the nameNo
Local registered officeYes
Organizational and Legal FormsPublic limited liability company (Aktsiaselts), Private limited liability company (Osaühing), Limited partnership (Usaldusühing), Unlimited partnership (Täisühing), Individual trader (Füüsilisest isikust ettevõtja), Branch (Filiaal)
Indication of BPA in the nameosaühing, OÜ
Local registered agentYes
Shares and share capital
Standard currencyЕuro
Information about the beneficiary is disclosed2500
The minimum amount of paid-in capital, nat. currency2500
Bearer sharesNo
Terms of payment of the issued capitalWhen registering
The usual size of the authorized capital1 Еuro
Possibility to issue shares without par valueNo
Basic corporate tax rate20.00%
Capital gains taxNo
Currency controlNo
Corporate tax rates detailsTo calculate the sum to be paid, the amount of distributed dividents shall be multiplied by 20/80 and only after such multiplication, the rate of income tax (20%) shall be applied. So the actual tax rate is 25% (2018)
Stamp dutyNo
Director and Secretary
Minimum number of directors1
The requirement for residency directorsYes
Director of legal entities are allowedNo
The data reveals to the local agentYes
Data field to the public registryNo
The requirement for the presence of the SecretaryNo
Requirement to the residense of the SecretaryNo
Requirements to qualification of the SecretaryNo
Legal entity as the SecretaryNo
Shareholder and beneficiary
Minimum number of shareholders1
Data is entered in the public registerNo
Shareholders residency requirementYes
Information about the beneficiary is disclosedNo
Information may be disclosed to the local agentYes
Shareholders-legal entities are acceptableYes
The requirement for filing reportsYes
Open access to reportsNo
Statutory auditNo
The requirement for filing Annual ReturnNo
Open access to the Annual ReturnNo
The requirement for reportsYes
Treaty on avoidance of double taxation (States which signed)36
Membership in the OECDYes
Is it offshore according to Russian legislationNo
Trademark Registration
TM Comprehensive Study TM Registration Request TM Registration Certificate Total
First Class Additional Class First Class Additional Class First Class Additional Class First Class Additional Class
60.30 60.30 639.90 126.00 385.20 0.00 1085.40 USD 186.30 USD
«TRADEMARK» refers to «Wordmark» or «Logo»

120.60 120.60 622.80 122.40 385.20 0.00 1128.60 USD 243.00 USD
«TRADEMARK» refers to «Wordmark+ Logo»

Prices include all professional and official fees. If the change of official duties or exchange rates prices may vary.

In Estonia, a Trademark Registration Request includes a limited translation of documents into Estonian; if a longer translation is needed, there will be an additional minimum cost of USD 40.
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