EU Company Formation – A Varied Treasure of Tax Havens and Business Benefits
When most Americans see the term “EU company formation” they think the EU stands for European. While that is accidentally correct in some ways, it is financially incorrect in many others. EU company formation actually refers to the registering of a company, partnership, branch or proprietorship in one of the European Union’s 27 member-states. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are all political members of the EU, with some being old hat and some only a few years into their union marriage.
You might be guilty of thinking that agreeing on legal, political and business particulars would be a guarantee, and that all you had to do for EU company formation was find the country willing to give you the most favorable set of circumstances that meet you business goals, and you were done. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you are seeking beneficial tax laws, they could come at the cost of substantial upfront capital or share contributions. And what flies on the coast of France may not carry water in Germany, even though they share a border. Estonia prepared an exceedingly liberal business environment in advance of its inclusion into the EU in 2004, and is very attractive to foreign investors.
However, if you don’t know the difference between Sole Trader business status in Estonia, where your business has no capital requirements or financial reporting obligations, and Estonian company incorporation, your EU company formation can be stressful, and possibly liable financially. Dealing with a European company formation specialist that has been around for years, and uses local business professionals and attorneys that live in each of the countries and states you are considering, is really the smart way to go to make your EU company formation worry-free and financially beneficial.
If you are looking into EU company formation in Portugal because you heard of some pretty attractive incentives there, and want to take advantage of their natural, geographic trade-hub status to move product to and from the U.S. and Europe, you should know why their incentives are so high. Portugal has had a very hard time keeping up with their EU brothers in establishing a consistent economy. They are constantly in a state of flux, and their gross domestic product is lower than most other states in the EU. You have to settle for yourself if this instability is a good trade-off for a healthy incentive package.
In the case of Portugal, Estonia, Germany, France and all the other members of the EU, statutes and requirements could change at any time. Deal only with a European company formation specialist with years of experience employing locals in each of the EU states. Get a free consultation, ask a lot of questions, and your EU company formation will be beneficial to everyone involved.
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