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Company Formation in Costa Rica

Top 5 Advantages of company registration in Costa Rica

  1. 0% Tax on profit generated outside of Costa Rica
  2. Shareholders and directors do not appear on public records
  3. Very reputable and stable jurisdiction
  4. Possibility to open a local bank account
  5. Not considered a tax haven
Packages to choose from
Services
SmallMediumLarge
We do the whole registration process, including the preparation of all needed documents, communication with state authorities and notaries
Incorporation
We provide a local contact person who speaks the language and communicates with authorities
Company contact person
You receive from us a legal address for your company, thus, no need to rent/buy a physical office
Legal address for 1 year
You do not need to visit this jurisdiction personally to incorporate - this will save time and money
Remote incorporation
We accompany you during the whole legal process for a successful incorporation
Notary services
We provide a local contact person who speaks the language and communicates with authorities
Company secretary
We will be able to identify nominee shareholders for you, in case you want to become completely anonymous
Nominee shareholder
If you want to be an unknown UBO, a nominee director service is useful. This director will only have limited access and powers, so the UBO will have full control on all levels.
Nominee director
We provide you with the complete accounting needed for this jurisdiction, including monthly and yearly statements
Accounting for 1 year
You grant us a power of attorney to carry out activities for you in the jurisdiction with different powers and terms of validity
Long-term POA
Authenticates the seals and signatures of your official company documents stating the rights and obligations of the entity's members or stakeholders of the company of any form of ownership in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction
Apostille of documents
A specific amount of hours of legal support by local legal professionals you may use on demand
Additional legal support
We help you to open a corporate account that suits your business model
Corporate account
SHELF COMPANIES
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How to start
Choose a jurisdiction1.
Pick a bank2.
Pay for the service using a suitable method3.
Receive credentials of your new legal entity4.
Get credentials of your opened bank account5.
Receive a package with documents delivered to you6.

Roadmap

How long does it take to register a Company in Costa Rica?

  • 4-6 weeks
  • The incorporation can be done remotely in less than two months

What are the steps to register a company in Costa Rica?

The registration process of a company in Company Formation in Costa Rica is very simple. The experts of LegalBison will assist you throughout every step of it:

  1. Initial consultation and agreement
  2. Payment of the full invoice
  3. [IF REMOTELY]: Notarization of POA by client
  4. Preparation of registration documents
  5. Document signed at the notary
  6. Official register validity: immediately

Taxes

How high are the corporate income tax in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica applies a territorial-only corporate income tax. All income generateed in Costa Roca is taxed at 30%.

  • Any income generated outside of Costa Rica will not be subject to taxation
  • Capital gains are taxed 15%, 30% if they have been realized with the company's assets used for ordinary business activity

What Double-tax treaties has Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has effective DTAs with three countries: Germany, Mexico and Spain

Decide first

  1. Do you want to buy a ready-made company or start a new one?
  2. Do you want to deposit a share capital?
  3. How do you want to organize the shareholdership of the company?

Documents to provide for company registration in Costa Rica

  • Passport copies (a scan) of all individuals above, also beneficiary owner if applicable
  • A Power of Attorney (in case of a remote company registration)
  • Certified company documents (in case at least one of the shareholders is going to be a foreign company)

Information needed to get company registration in Costa Rica

  • 3 options of your desired name for the company and a company contact email address
  • Names, addresses and emails of all shareholders and board members
  • Short description of your companies’ activity

Remote incorporation

  • The whole incorporation process can be conducted remotely. No travel necessary. Notarization of documents is necessary
  • A Power of Attorney (POA) from (all) partners is needed
  • The POA is sent to you by us based on the services you want
  • You have to certify the POA by a notary and in some cases legalize it by apostille (some countries need full legalization)
  • Once you have the POA on your hands, we double-check, and you send us the original form (physical document!) via courier to our address
  • Costa Rica is part of the Hague Convention of the Apostille

Accounting and auditing

  • Though a Costa Rica SRL doesn't need to file accounts to the company register, they still need to file an annual tax return
  • Accounts must still be held, in Spanish, at the registered office of the company

Residential requirements

What are the residential requirements in Costa Rica?

A registered office is required.

Two directors are required but none has to be a resident of Costa Rica.

  • Nominees are legal in Costa Rica

LegalBison offers help with all of the above requirements. We assist and are local on ground. Speak now for free with one of our consultants to get your business started.

FAQs about company registration in Costa Rica