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Company Formation in Poland

F.A.Q.

BridgeWest provides company formation services in Poland. Our assistance includes:

-     - drawing up the articles of association that can be signed through power of attorney (Polish laws require power of attorney for any public notary proceedings);

-    - drawing up documents for company incorporation in Poland: specimen signatures, identification papers copies, application form required by the Polish Company Registration Office;

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

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

-      -   setting up a bank account for the company in Poland; 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 Polish accountant, as accounting services are needed for new businesses in Poland.

The most common types of companies in Poland

- The Polish limited liability company (Sp. z o.o.) - This type of Polish company is the most common type of business as it allows a minimum of one shareholder and a director. It must also have a management board and a supervisory board or an auditor’s committee. The minimum share capital for a limited liability company in Poland is 5,000 PLN. The shareholders will not be held liable for the company’s debts and obligations.The Polish limited liability company must hold a registered office.

- The Polish joint stock company (S.A., Spolka akcyjna) - This type of company requires a minimum share capital of 100,000 PLN. It requires at least one shareholder, a director, a management board and a supervisory board. The shareholders will not be held liable for the company’s debts and obligations.

- Polish Branch, Subsidiary or Representative Office - Foreign companies are allowed to set up separate enterprises from the parent company, where the foreign company will be a shareholder in a Polish company. Foreign companies can also open extensions of the parent company in Poland.

Taxation in Poland

The standard VAT rate in Poland is 23%, but reduced rates of 8% and 5% apply to certain products.

The corporate tax rate in Poland is 19%.

In Poland, dividends are subject to a withholding tax of 19%, while interests and royalties are subject to a withholding tax rate of 20%, unless double tax treaties apply.

-   Contact us now for more information regarding how to open a company in Poland and prices.

 



Articles on Company Formation in Poland

Types of Polish Companies

Polish law allows many forms of doing business on its territory. In conformity with The Code of Commercial Companies, published in The Official Gazette of Poland No. 94, pos. 1037, the main categories of enterprises are as following: a) Polish Sole proprietorship (Dzia?alno?? gospodarcza) It is t ...

Setting up a Company in Poland

Polish law permits doing business on its territory, both by natural persons and legal entities. The same rules apply both to polish business entities as foreign entities. An entrepreneur may chose from various corporate forms, when interested in founding a company in Poland, depending on the country ...

Set up Joint Stock Company in Poland

Next to the Polish Limited Liability, the Joint Stock Company is one the main type of legal entities in Poland. It can be established by one or more individuals or corporate entities, with a single limitation: a Limited Liability Company with a sole shareholder cannot set up a Joint Stock Company. ...

Purchasing a shelf company in Poland

A Polish shelf company or a readymade company could be preferred over the creation of a newly formed corporate entity for a number of reasons, such as providing clients with additional confidence or a quicker method to start doing business in Poland. Nevertheless the foreign investor must note that ...

The Trade Register in Poland

The Polish National Court Register (NCR) or the Trade Register in Poland was founded according to the Act adopted on 20th August 1997 on the National Court Register. It is developed and organized by the Polish Ministry of Justice. Since 2001 it constitutes an electronic base of data containing infor ...

Open Company Branch or Subsidiary in Poland

There are plenty of company types available in Poland, and entrepreneurs may choose from the best suited form for their business. Enterprises managed by a natural person are subject to registration, depending on the type of activities they will conduct. Partnerships are regulated by the Polish Civil ...

Guide to Company Incorporation in Poland

1. What is the minimum share capital of a Polish sp. z.o.o. (Limited Liability Company)? The most common form of business entity in Poland is the Limited Liability Company. The incorporation process requires the founders to provide a minimum capital of 5.000 PLN, or 1.240 EUR, paid in cash or non-mo ...

Paying Taxes in Poland

1. What is the corporate tax in Poland? The Polish corporate tax rate is 19%, being among the most inexpensive tax rates in Europe.    2. What is the VAT in Poland? The VAT rate in Poland is 23% since 2011. However, there are still exceptions applied for several goods ...

VAT in Poland

1. What is the VAT in Poland? The VAT rate in Poland is 23% since 2011. However, there are still exceptions applied for several goods and services. The VAT rate is 8% for tourist services, transportation, health-care, newspapers, water distribution or construction and renovation of houses, while a 5 ...

Doing Business in Poland

Country profile Poland is a republic in the Central Europe with 31.8 million citizens. Most of the people are Polish in a 98% rate, while the rest of the inhabitants are German, Ukrainian, Belarusian or Lithuanian. The country’s surface of 312,683 kilometers square is bordered by the Czech Rep ...

Company Law in Poland

The Company law in Poland is based on several Acts, including Act 1982 Cooperative law, Act 2000 Code of Commercial Partnerships and Companies or Act 2008 on Public-Private Partnerships.  Although there are very few differences in comparison to German or French company law, it is recommended th ...

Foreign Investments in Poland

General overview Before 1989, foreign companies did not operate in Poland. However, the development of the Polish economy at the beginning of the 1990s attracted an increasing number of foreign investors. In 2008, the Polish Statistical Office registered in Poland 21,092 companies with foreign capit ...

Why Invest in Poland

Poland is regarded as a proper destination for business expansion and foreign investment, being considered the eighth European state in terms of attractiveness. Besides, Poland has competitive labour costs, considerable size of the market, industrial diversity and possibilities for the development o ...

Setting up a Limited Liability Company (Sp. z.o.o.) in Poland

The Polish Limited Liability Company is the most popular form of business that foreign investors choose when coming to set up a company in Poland, since it is much more simple to perform activities under the Polish corporate law with a Spolka z ograniczona odpowiedzialnoscia (Polish LLC or Sp.z.o.o. ...

Lawyer in Poland

A lawyer in Poland is different from a legal adviser. Lawyers in Poland are called Adwocat and Legal Advisers in Poland are known as Radca Prawny. There are fewer lawyers in Poland than legal advisers. The first category can also deal with criminal issues. The profession of legal advisers in Poland ...

Polish Public Notary

Public notaries in Poland are persons of trust, who prepare official documents and offer their clients the guarantee of an authenticated document. Public notaries in Poland are a leading legal category with numerous responsibilities, such as informing, creating documents or making de ...

Polish Accountant

Polish accountants provide specialised advice in financial matters and are also competent for setting up a company in Poland and registering it. There are approximately 6,300 accountants in Poland, with an average age of 57 years old. Polish accountants who belong to the Chamber of Certified Public ...

Power of Attorney in Poland

A power of attorney in Poland is defined as an agreement completed in a written form with notarised signatures. The Polish law mentions that an original power of attorney in Poland must be signed by the applicant or if the grantor is a company, by an authorised representative. A power of attorney in ...

Business Start-up Costs in Poland

  In order to set up a business in Poland, a proper evaluation of the costs is required, so that an entrepreneur can start the incorporation with a well-defined plan. 1. What is the minimum share capital? A Polish limited liability company requires a minimum share capital of approximately 1,240 ...

Open a Representative Office in Poland

 Are there any special requirements for creating a Polish Representative Office? The foreign companies that open representative offices in Poland must follow the regulations of the Polish Act of the Freedom of Business Activity. A representative office in Poland is created mostly to give assis ...

Register a Non Profit Organization in Poland

The major laws that govern the establishment and the operations of the non-profit organizations in Poland are the “Law on Associations” and the “Law on Foundations”. The associations are organizations between several members that are joined together by a non-profit objective. ...

Nominee Director in Poland

 The term of nominee director is a notion used to appoint a person which is replacing the beneficial owners of a company from the official documents in order to protect their identities. Usually the name of the nominee director appears in the company’s articles of association and can be a ...

Set up a company in Poland

Poland welcomes any new initiative for developing a business, for both domestic and foreign investors. An entrepreneur willing to set up a company in Poland may chose from various corporate forms, but most important business presences are the limited liability company and the joint stock company, ev ...

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Meet us in Warsaw

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

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 Poland.