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Starting a business overseas

Starting a business in a foreign country might be easier than you think, provided you keep in mind six things when planning your start-up.

Long ago, taking advantage of market anomalies in distant parts of the globe usually involved sailing across oceans, battling storms and deadly illnesses, but these days, starting a business overseas might actually be much easier, less risky, and more economically sound than setting up a business in your home country. There are ample opportunities in emerging markets for entrepreneurs and small (or large) business owners with a skill set that is distinct from that of the local population.

There are ample opportunities in emerging markets for entrepreneurs and small (or large) business owners with a skill set that is distinct from that of the local population.

When choosing a jurisdiction for registering a company abroad, it is necessary to make a list of the tasks and conditions, which must be permitted to perform by the foreign company, and only then to choose a jurisdiction. Each country has its specifics, and conditions of one country that are perfectly tailored to one set of tasks may be not suitable for other tasks.

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Through our partners in these locations we are able to offer business incorporation in countries which have been ranked top among the best place to do business.

The first step is to reserve a company name, a new company’s name must be unique and can be reserved for up to 20 working days with the Companies Office. To be incorporated under the Companies Act 1993, a company must have a name reserved by the Registrar of Companies, at least one share, at least one shareholder, at least one director, a registered office, and an address for service.

When the application is processed, the founder(s) will receive a notification by email along with the appropriate director and shareholder consent forms, which are generated by the Companies Office. The applicant must then fax the signed director and shareholder consent forms within 20 working days, after which the application will expire. The certificate of incorporation will be issued via email in a few minutes when the last consent form is accepted.

Apply for a company IRD (Inland Revenue Department) number and register for the GST (Good and Service Tax) at the same time as incorporating a company.

The list of the information needed when applying for a company IRD number and registering for GST is as follows:
- Contact details
- The date the company will begin employing
- The number of employees and contractors (including the number of employees that will have a student loan)
- IRD number – The IRD number of each Director and all individual shareholders that are NZ residents, Main Business Activity, Place of Business and Postal Address, Trading Name of the company (if different from the Business Name), Company Contact details, a Business Industry Description and Code, and whether or not the Fringe Benefit Tax for employees is applicable.
- GST number – GST accounting method, frequency of filing returns, business activity code, details of how you would like refunds to be paid, whether or not the company will be making tax exempt supplies, Business Industry Description and Code, and whether or not the company will be making imports/exports and ACC uses the business activity code to calculate levies for personal injury cover and residual claims.

To register a Pty Ltd company, the applicant must complete and submit an ASIC Form 201 (""Application for Registration as an Australian Company"") and pay the prescribed fee.

Any person to be appointed as a director or secretary of the company must have consented in writing to that appointment. Similarly, each shareholder of the company must have consented to become a shareholder.

At least 1 director (and, if the company has appointed secretaries, at least 1 secretary) must ordinarily reside in Australia. The registered office of the company must be an address in Australia.

The company may adopt its own constitution or rely upon the Replaceable Rules in the Corporations Act 2001.

Prior to lodging the application for registration, the applicant should confirm the availability of the proposed company name. If no name is specified, the company will simply be referred to by its Australian Company Number ("ACN").

Upon incorporation, ASIC will issue to the company a certificate of incorporation, which evidenced that the company has been incorporated on and from the date of issue.

 

Register for ABN with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO): This procedure is required under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and the New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act of 1999.

Depending on the company's circumstances and location, it must comply with different taxation requirements.

 

Sign up for Worker Compensation Insurance at an insurance agency.

The process starts with new company name application. The application for approval and reservation of a company name is to be submitted online. An application fee is payable for each approved company name. Once the application is submitted, the applicant can select to either pay the fee and continue with the incorporation later, or to immediately proceed to incorporation application.

Name application can be approved within a few minutes from payment if the name is available. However, it may take between 14 working days to 2 months if the application needs to be referred to another agency for approval or review. The lodger can proceed to register the business immediately after the name application is approved.

Once a name has been approved, it will be reserved for 120 days.

Every newly incorporated business receives a free copy of its Business Profile upon the successful filling up of the incorporation forms and paying the incorporation fee. The processing time is about 15 minutes from the time of successful submission of all documents and all information. The ACRA will issue a notice of incorporation via electronic mail to the law firm or professional firm engaged for the purposes of incorporation upon the successful incorporation of the company together with the registration number of the company.

The registration with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) for the goods and services tax (GST) when (a) its annual taxable turnover exceeds SGD 1 million can be done using the same online forms.

A founder may register a company at the Companies Registration Office (CRO) by three methods:
1. The CORE registration system, in which the papers for incorporation are lodged in print and electronic form. Under this scheme, the constitution must be submitted in CRO• preapproved format. After the documents are filed, the CORE incorporates the company within 5 working days (typically within 3 working days).
2. A “Fe Phrainn” system, in which (as detailed in the first method) the incorporation documents are submitted to the CRO in a preapproved format. Under this method, however, documents are submitted in print form only, and the CRO incorporates the company within 10 working days.
3. An alternate system in which the incorporation documents are submitted to the CRO in print form, but the constitution are not in a preapproved format. In this instance, the CRO incorporates the company in 2–4 weeks.

To access the first two systems, to the company founder must apply to the CRO for an access number and have the constitution approved in advance. Usually only professional agencies use the expedited systems.

Necessary documents for limited companies:
• Constitution..
• List of directors, secretary, and subscribers.
• Statement of nominal (authorized) and issued share capital and consideration paid.
• Notice of registered office.
• Statement of the main business activities and the address where they will be carried out, contained in a statutory notice sent to the CRO

 

Obtain a company seal: In addition to getting a company seal, the company must keep the statutory registers for the directors and shareholders.

 

Register for corporation tax, social insurance (PAYE/PRSI), and VAT with the Revenue Commissioners.

Make company seal: Company seal must be made upon registration of establishment of new company.

 

Name verification is typically conducted prior to applying for registration.it takes 3 days to obtain the certificate of incorporation. During this period, the court registry office reviews the documents and information provided by the applicants, and due diligence of company address is conducted by the tax office. After registration, company needs to physically visit the authority to pick up the hard copy of the incorporation documents.

 

Register with the tax office: Following the completion of its court registration, a company is required to register with the appropriate tax office pursuant to the Corporation Tax Law and the Value Added Tax Law.

 

The first step is to choose a name from the list of pre-approved names available online or to submit a name of its choice and obtain a company name certificate. it is possible to get both the articles of association and commercial registration.

 

Partners will receive a temporary code to access the certificate of incorporation, the corporate identification card, the Social Security number, and the original by-laws.

 

Open a bank account and obtain a Bank Identification Number (IBAN).

 

File the declaration of commencement of activity with the Tax Authority and register for VAT.

 

Register with Social Security.

 

Register for the workers' accident insurance at a private insurer.

 

Register employees with the Labor Compensation Funds.

 

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