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Company Formation in Austria


BridgeWest provides company incorporation in Austria. Our services include:

- drafting the articles of association for company incorporation in Austria. The articles of association of an Austrian company and any other proceedings concluded in front of a public notary must be signed through power of attorney;

- drafting all the documents for company incorporation in Austria: specimen signatures, the application form issued by the Company Registration Office in Austria, copies of the identification papers, a notarized declaration of establishment and a confirmation from the bank that the minimum capital share was deposited;

- arranging public notary procedures (the incorporation process will be done with an Austrian public notary);

- setting up bank accounts (the initial share capital account and a current account);

- recommending accountancy services;

- offering a registered office in Austria that will be made public and used as headquarters for the company.

BridgeWest provides formation of the following types of companies in Austria:

- gesellschaft mit beschränkter haftung (GmbH- limited liability company). The Austrian GmbH is required to have at least one shareholder and one director and it must have a legal address. The minimum share capital is 35,000 EUR and half of it must be paid up front. The minimum contribution from each shareholder is 7,000 EUR;

- aktiengesellschaft (AG - joint stock company). The Austrian AG must have at least one  shareholder, but it also needs a supervisory board that will name the management board. The AG in Austria must have a legal address and the minimum share capital is 70,000 EUR;

- branches, subsidiaries and representative offices in Austria. Foreign companies are allowed to open these types of companies in Austria as separate legal entities or
extensions of the parent company.

Austria Key Facts

- the standard VAT rate in Austria is 20%, but a reduced rate of 10% is applied to certain goods and services;

- the corporate tax in Austria is 25%;

- there is no withholding tax on dividends in Austria.

BridgeWest offers you ready-made companies and VAT registration in Austria.

Please contact us for more information and prices.

Articles on Company Formation in Austria

Types of Austrian Companies

There are various forms of business entities in Austria, and all of them must be registered with the Austrian Trade Register, in order to function. Setting up an Austrian company is fairly easy, mostly for the limited liability company, which is the most common company type in Austria, and the vario ...

Set up an Austrian Company

Austrian law welcomes foreign entrepreneurs to start their business here, having similar rules as for Austrian entrepreneurs. The most common forms of business are the Austrian limited liability company and the Austrian joint stock corporation, which must be registered with the local court (Handelsg ...

The Austrian Commercial Register

The institution handling the registration process for all legal entities in Austria is the Austrian Commercial Register. The institution ensures the registration process is done according to law, and that every company develops legal activities. The Commercial Register in Austria stores information ...

Open Company Branch or Subsidiary in Austria

There are many business types that may be set up by foreign and Austrian entrepreneurs, each having advantages and disadvantages. Most of the companies are required to register with the Austrian Commercial Register. A foreign company, wishing to extend its activities may open a branch in Austria, en ...

Guide to Company Incorporation in Austria

  1. What is the minimum share capital of an Austrian GmbH (Limited Liability Company)? Entrepreneurs who wish to incorporate a Limited Liability Company in Austria must provide a minimum capital of 35.000 EUR. However in order to commence the registration procedure only half of the ...

Shelf Company in Austria

Investing in Austria can be done by setting up a brand new company from scratch, or by purchasing a shelf company. A shelf company is a business entity with no activity, that has been collecting age, a factor that determines its price. The longest a company has been "on the shelf" the more ...

Paying Taxes in Austria

1. What is the corporate tax in Austria? The headline rate of the corporate tax in Austria is of 25% and it is payable within one month after receiving the tax assessments, issued in few weeks after filling the tax return. In general, companies have to file the corporate income tax&n ...

VAT in Austria

1. What is the VAT in Austria? VAT in Austria is also known as “Umsatzsteuer” or “Mehrwertsteuer”. The standard rate is 20%, but there are also reduced VAT rates that apply in Austria. Reduced rates of 19%, 12% or 10% apply to several goods and services in Austria, such as fo ...

Company Law in Austria

When it comes to establishing a company in Austria, the main laws that regulates the procedure and the running of the business are the Austrian Commercial Code, the Austrian Trade Law 1994, the New Companies Promotion Act, the Commercial Register Act and the Federal Law on Special Assistance for Sma ...

Why Invest in Austria

Austria is a profitable choice for foreign investors. Entrepreneurs from all over the world choose to set up a business in Austria for different reasons. Its favourable location gives access to Eastern Europe markets. Besides, establishing a company in Austria is an attractive way of development and ...

Setting up a Limited Liability Company (GmbH) in Austria

A Limited Liability Company in Austria is known as a Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung or GmbH and it is the most popular option for foreign companies set up in Austria, because it is easy and simple to establish and run. High net-worth entrepreneurs who want to invest in Austria found the ...

Lawyer in Austria

Any lawyer in Austria must be a member in the Austrian Bar Association. The Bar Association also supervises disciplinary issues. The compensation of an attorney in Austria is determined according to the Lawyers’ Tariffs Act, but lawyers in Austria may as well be free to set their fees. Austria ...

Austrian Public Notary

  A public notary in Austria mainly deals with legalization and authentication of documents. The fee for a public notary in Austria is determined according to the Notarial Tariff Act. The Federal Minster of Justice decides upon the number of notarial positions and locations of offices. The Fede ...

Austrian Accountant

 An accountant in Austria is known as a Steuerberater if he is a tax advisor or a Wirtschaftsprüfer if he is a certified public accountant in Austria. Other related professions are management accountants, commercial accountants or payroll accountants. Their profession is mainly that of a t ...

Company Liquidation in Austria

BridgeWest handles all steps required for company liquidation in Austria . 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 ...

Register a Non Profit Organization in Austria

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Nominee Director in Austria

In Austria, the main economic entities, the limited liability companies(GesellschaftmitbeschränkterHaftung-GMBH) and the joint stock companies(Aktiengesellschaft -AG) can be represented in front of third parties and public and administrated by the nominee directors, persons appointed by th ...

Open Business in Austria
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Meet us in Vienna

Call us now at +44 203 287 0408 to set up an appointment with our lawyers in Vienna, Austria. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Austria.

As a BridgeWest client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Austria.