Ireland has now emerged as a promising destination for companies considering relocating their European operations. Embarking on a new venture on Irish soil can be challenging, requiring optimism and perseverance. Establishing a new business is no exception, and it can be overwhelming for beginners. To ensure that your company is established correctly, follow these steps. If you’re considering starting a new business in Ireland, this article is intended for you.
In this article you will get to know all the basic steps, processes, key aspects and requirements that you need to be aware of before starting a new company or a business in Ireland.
Ireland is becoming a potential choice for those companies who are looking to reposition their European hubs from the UK. So, before we go into the process, let’s see why Ireland is on the top of the “LOCATION WISHLIST” for starting a new business or to relocate an existing business.
NOW you have the reasons to start your business in this exquisite piece of land. So, let’s go through the important aspects that you need to know before you proceed with your company formation process.
Setting up a company in Ireland can be done with the help of one of the best accountants in Ireland through the Companies Registration Office (CRO). Even though setting up a company in Ireland from abroad has some more steps involved, the overall process is very much same for both. Here are the most important steps to follow while setting up your new business in Ireland.
If you are planning to proceed with your new company formation, it is always recommended to seek professional advice from the best company formation experts in Ireland to help you with the process of setting up a company in Ireland smoothly and professionally.
Choosing the wrong company type is one of the most common mistakes people make while setting up their new business on Ireland soil. You have to decide the type of your Company based on the work you are about to perform. You have to be well aware of the different legal structures in Ireland and choose what suits your business more. The most common choices are either to be a sole trader, partnership or a company.
The detailed lists of choices are as follows:-
The most common and frequently used company type in Ireland where the members’ liability, if the company is wound up, is limited to the amount, if any, unpaid on the shares they hold.
It has limited liability and must have at least two directors and a company secretary.
A public company type where the members’ liability is limited to the amount they have undertaken to contribute to the assets of the company, in the event it is wound up, not exceeding a specified amount and subject to a minimum of €1.00.
A PLC can have one member and no maximum limit on members. The liability of members is limited to the amount, if any, unpaid on shares held by them.
A foreign company may also establish an external company within the State. Any company that so establishes itself must register with the Irish Companies Registration Office (“CRO”) within 30 days of its establishment in the State.
Choosing a business name in Ireland requires careful consideration of several important factors. Firstly, you must ensure that your chosen name is available for registration by checking it against the Companies Registration Office (CRO) register to avoid similarity to other business names. Secondly, your business name should be relevant to your products or services and easily remembered and spelled. Thirdly, you may want to consider trademarking your business name to protect your brand and prevent others from using similar names.
Next is legal restrictions. There are legal restrictions on certain words and phrases that you cannot use in your business name, and the CRO website provides a list of restricted expressions. Also, your business name should be consistent with your brand image and messaging. Lastly, you should check the availability of your preferred domain name for your website, and seventhly, check if your business name is available as a social media handle on various platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Overall, choosing a business name in Ireland involves considering its availability, relevance, trademark, legal restrictions, branding, domain name availability, and social media handles.
Your registered office must locate within the boundaries of the Republic of Ireland. You can definitely choose your separate trading address but still, most of your official correspondence will be posted to this address. You can use your home address as the registered office of their company if you are an Irish-Resident Director(s).
The Company Directors are those people who take care and manage the company on behalf of its owners and shareholders. To proceed with your company formation process, the below are the information required.
• Full Name of all the Directors
• Nationality of all the Directors
• Usual residential address of all the Directors
• Date of birth of all the Directors
• Business occupation of all the Directors
• Names of other Companies that the individual is a director of.
Other points to note:-
• At least one of the proposed Directors of the company must be Resident within the European Economic Area (EEA)
• They may enter into a ‘Section 137 Non-Resident Director’s Bond’, if your company has no EEA-resident director
• All Directors must be minimum of 18 years of age and must agree on incorporation that they understand these obligations
Share holders are the real owners of a company. They must be a minimum of 18 years old. The number of shares issued must be divided in a way that reflects the proportionate ownership of the company.
The shareholders’ details required are:
• Full name of all the share holders
• Residential address of all the shareholders
• Amount of shares that are proposed to be held in the shareholder’s name
In order to ensure statutory obligations, Irish companies must have a Company Secretary. The Company Secretary must be responsible for maintaining the books of the company, and ensuring annual Returns are filed on time. This position can be filled by either one of the company directors or with a separate individual or a corporate entity. Please note that if your company has only one director, you have to appoint a separate Company Secretary.
The amount of shares a company can call upon if required is termed as the Authorized (Nominal) Share Capital of the company. The number of shares that have actually been allotted and paid for by the shareholders are the Issued or paid-up share capital.
Your company is supposed to select a ‘NACE’ code prior to incorporation. The Companies Act 2014 introduced a Constitution for Private Limited Companies (LTD) which replaced the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
This will allow you to trade in any legal business that you want to.
After you have successfully completed all the above steps, your accountant will submit all the signed documents as well the supporting proofs to the CRO. The CRO will review those and come up with a final decision with in a span of one or two weeks, depending up on the queue. After successfully verification of the CRO, you will be issued a Company Incorporation Certificate by email.
In Ireland, the process for obtaining a tax number for your newly registered business depends on the type of business structure you have chosen. If you have registered a sole trader or a partnership, you can use your Personal Public Service (PPS) number as your tax number. You can apply for a PPS number at any Intreo Center, Social Welfare Local Office, or Citizen Information Center. You will need to provide proof of identity, such as a passport or driving license, and proof of address, such as a utility bill or a bank statement.
If you have registered a limited company, you will need to obtain a separate tax number called a Tax Registration Number (TRN). You can apply with the help of one of the best accountants in Dublin. You will need to provide details about your company, such as its name, address, and nature of business.
Our accountants in Dublin 15 can help you to register for these taxes by completing the relevant registration forms and sending them to the Revenue Commissioners.
It is important to note that you must register for taxes within the specified timeframe, which varies depending on the tax. Failure to register on time may result in penalties and interest charges.
Now it’s time to open your official bank account for your business. You need to make sure that your accountant has completing filing the Beneficiary Ownership Registration before you proceed with your bank accounts.
Once you have obtained your tax number, you will need to register for the relevant taxes with the Revenue Commissioners, such as Value Added Tax (VAT), Pay As You Earn (PAYE), and Corporation Tax (CT), depending on your business activities.
This step varies according to your nature of business. There are various types of business licenses that may be required in Ireland depending on the type of business you operate and the industry you work in.
Here are some of the different types of important business licenses in Ireland.
It is important to note that not all businesses require a license, and the licenses required may vary depending on the specific business activities and location. It is recommended to seek professional advice to determine which licenses are required for your business.
When you start registering your business on your own, you may feel confused during the process. TASC Accountants has been in this industry for the past 10+ years and when you set up your company with us, we will allot you a dedicated team of experts through the incorporation process. This team will focus on giving a real stress-free assistance throughout the process and help you to overcome all the hassles and complete your incorporation process successfully within a minimum time frame.
TASC is an international accountancy firm with eminent chartered accountants, corporate financial advisors, and tax consultants. we also have offices in Ireland, London, and India
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