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Buying a European shelf company with VAT number

Whenever you need to start doing business immediately in a European country and you need a company with a VAT number, you don’t have to wait for the bureaucratic procedures.

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BridgeWest is specialized in special corporate structures designed for tax minimization. No matter where you want to incorporate your company, you will need to consider how you can legally minimize costs.

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Company Formation in Germany F.A.Q

Company Formation Services in Germany and details on how to incorporate a German company, VAT registration, establish a bank account and setup of a virtual office in Germany. We provide internationalized English speaking company registration service in Germany.

1. What is the minimum share capital of a German GmbH (Limited Liability Company)?
Setting up a German Limited Liability Company requires a minimum capital of 25.000 EUR in monetary or non-monetary contributions.
2. What is the minimum share capital for a German AG (Joint Stock Company)?
The minimum required capital for a German Joint Stock company should not be less than 50.000 EUR.

3. Are there any special requirements for establishing a GmbH in Germany?
A non-EU member state citizen may acquire a German settlement permit in order to be able to open a business. Also a non-EU citizen may apply for residence permit and undertake a different incorporation process. The German Limited Liability Company must have a local registered office.

4. How can I register for VAT in Germany?
Registering for VAT in Germany is not mandatory for all businesses, but only for the ones including selling services and business making deliveries. Also if the turnover is below 16.650 EUR, or it is not expected to exceed 50.000 EUR, the company may choose not to register. The VAT number is provided by the central tax authority after submission of an application from the founders, including the registration certificate of the company, information on the directors and form of organization, and detailed information on the object of activity and expected turnover.

5. How can I open a bank account in Germany?
In order for the company to legally function it must have a bank account in order to make transactions and deposit the capital, prior to registration. Many banks in Germany allow opening a bank account through a representative, however it is possible the titular of the bank be required to come in person in Germany in order to demonstrate his/her existence.

  • Berlin Company Formation in Germany

    Bridgewest provides the following services for company formation in Germany: - drawing up the articles of association that can be signed through power of attorney (German laws require powers of attorney for any public notary proceedings); - drawing up documents for company incorporation in Germany: specimen signatures, identification papers copies, application form required for company registration;…

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Articles on Company Formation in Germany

Types of German Companies

Entrepreneurs of any nationality have the possibility to chose from various forms of business entities in Germany, even though the most common company types are the German limited liability company, or Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung and the joint stock company, or Aktiengesellschaft. Fo ...

Set up a German company

Germany’s economy is recognized as the largest in Europe, creating an ideal place to develop a business, due to the high standards, competition and export marked that generates a substantial value in the German GDP. Most investors that decide to set up a German company choose to establish a Ge ...

The German Trade Register

The German Trade Register or Companies House (Handelsregister) is the official institution that registers information on certain commercial businesses in Germany, and it is administered by the local district courts, Amtsgericht.  Its purpose is to make sure that these businesses carry out comme ...

Open Company Branch or Subsidiary in Germany

There are plenty of reasons, economically speaking for which an entrepreneur chooses Germany as the state to invest in. There are various alternatives available to do so. They may invest in an already existing company, create and incorporate a separate company, usually limited liability company, or ...

Guide to Company Incorporation in Germany

1. What is the minimum share capital of a German GmbH (Limited Liability Company)? Setting up a German Limited Liability Company requires a minimum capital of 25.000 EUR in monetary or non-monetary contributions which have to be evaluated. Also each member of a German limited liabili ...

Shelf Company in Germany

Engaging in business in Germany, one of the most powerful economies in the world, is usually done by setting up private companies, or branches on the countries territory. An entrepreneur can commence the business establishment from scratch, or acquire a shelf, or ready made company. This business ty ...

Paying Taxes in Germany

  1. What is the corporate tax in Germany? Since the comprehensive reforms in 2001 and 2008 the tax system in Germany has been modified to better suit the country's economy. The corporate tax in Germany applies to a standard rate of 15%. In addition a business tax of 14% up to 17% is appli ...

VAT in Germany

1. What is the VAT in Germany? VAT in Germany is also known as “Umsatzsteuer”. The standard rate for Value Added Tax in Germany is 19%. However, the law in Germany stipulates that some goods and services may benefit from a reduced VAT rate of 7%. The VAT reduced rate usually refers to fo ...

Why Invest in Germany

Foreign investors are attracted to Germany as a destination for setting up new businesses due to many reasons. Germany is considered to be one of the top countries for foreign investments, with an estimated inward investment of 479 billion EUR. Furthermore, Germany is the second exporter in the worl ...

Company Liquidation in Germany

BridgeWest handles all steps required for company liquidation in Germany. Please contact us via email or phone for appointing a liquidator to carry on the company dissolution, submitting the required application forms, dealing with the Court, closing the company's bank account or any other ...

Open a Representative Office in Germany

Are there any special requirements for creating a German Representative Office? The representative offices in Germany are often used to search the potential investment opportunities on the market. A representative office is considered a bridge between the foreign company and the companies or indust ...

Nominee Director in Germany

 The term of nominee director is defying a person who acts as a non-executive director of the board of manager of a company, replacing the beneficial owner of it. Mostly the resident in a tax heaven are renting their names to a non-resident as a trustee on the board of an offshore firm in that ...