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Company Formation Germany

Updated on Sunday 20th May 2018

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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;

- arranging public notary proceedings (all procedures for company incorporation are done in front of a German public notary);

- providing a registered office in Germany on demand; the registered office serves as headquarters for the company in Germany and it will be made public;

- setting up a bank account for the company in Germany; BridgeWest will help in setting up the share capital bank account, as well as a current bank account once the company is incorporated.

- recommending a German accountant, as accounting services are needed for new businesses in Germany.

The most common types of companies in Germany

German limited liability company (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, GmbH)

The German limited liability company is the most common type of business because it can be set up by one person who can act as owner and shareholder at the same time. The minimum share capital of a German limited liability company is 25,000 euro. At least 12,500 euro must be deposited in a bank account when registering the company with the Register of Commerce in Germany. 

German joint stock company (Aktiengesellschaft AG)

The German joint stock company is a public limited liability company that is allowed to list its shares on the stock exchange. The minimum share capital for a joint stock company in Germany is 50,000 euro. The German joint stock company can be set up by one shareholder, but it requires a supervisory board made of at least three members and a management board made of at least one member.

Taxation in Germany

 The standard VAT rate in Germany is 19%, but there is also a reduced rate of 7% for certain goods and services.

The corporate tax in Germany is set at 29.58%.

The dividend tax in Germany is set at 25% for individuals, while legal entities benefit from a 40% exemption according to the Tax Act of 2009.

BridgeWest is also able to offer ready-made German companies and VAT registration.

Please contact us for more information and prices regarding how to open a company in Germany.


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