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Company Formation in Germany

Top 5 Advantages of company registration in Germany

  1. One of the best reputed jurisdiction in the world
  2. Member state of the EU
  3. Remote incorporation and management possible
  4. Possibility to open a prestigious bank account
  5. Highly qualified domestic workers
Packages to choose from
We do the whole registration process, including the preparation of all needed documents, communication with state authorities and notaries
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 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
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 all documents delivered to you6.


How long does it take to register a company in Germany?

  • 20-30 working days

What are the steps to register a company in Germany?

The registration process of a company in Germany 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


How high are the corporate income tax in Germany?

The national corporate income tax rate in Germany is 15% of the taxable income (annual profits)

  • The effective corporate income tax rate, including subnational and trade taxes, is 29,9%

What Double-tax treaties has Germany?

Many countries have bilateral conventions to avoid double taxation and prevent fiscal evasion

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Status: End of 2020

VAT number

Without VAT number

  • Your company will not be eligible to receive VAT refunds, which means everything bought is 19% more expensive (important: B2B payments between two VAT exempt companies are not more expensive)
  • Your company will not have to file monthly tax returns (prerequisite: no one receives a salary), which means low costs

With VAT number

  • A limited liability company (GmbH) can apply for a VAT number through an online procedure
  • Companies involved in the domestic trading of goods are required to register for VAT
  • The company will be eligible to receive VAT refunds, which means you can make use of the reverse-charge mechanism
  • Monthly tax returns have to be filed, even if no transactions occur

Decide first

  1. Do you want to buy a ready-made company or start a new one?
  2. What is your planned business activity?
  3. Do you have 12,500 EUR available to deposit as share capital?

Speak to our consultants to get a free consultation and guidance on how to choose the best jurisdiction based on your business model.

Documents to provide for company registration in Germany

  • Passport copies (a scan) of shareholder/s and director/s, 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 Germany

  • 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 company's 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/shareholders 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
  • Germany is part of the Hague Convention of the Apostille

Accounting and auditing

  • German limited liability companies are required to provide yearly returns, including financial statements, accounts and annexes. The document package, known as «Jahresabschluss», can be filed online
  • Past a certain threshold of turnover (12M EUR) or on the balance sheet (6M EUR) or number of employees (50), annual audit becomes mandatory for a GmbH

Residential requirements

What are the residential requirements in Germany?

  • There are no residential requirements for managing director(s) nor shareholder(s), who can be the same single person
  • A registered office in Germany is necessary for incorporation

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 Germany