Ireland Company Registration - Business Setup

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5 simple steps are needed to incorporate your company in Ireland

Upload your documents
Your account manager will ask you for official documents which are required for your company formation.
Incorporate your company successfully
Once your documents have been processed your company will be successfully incorporated subject to local authority approval.
Process any additional services
Your account manager will guide you through the steps of completing your request of additional services such as bank accounts.
Manage Your company via our client portal
Our client portal will give you immediate access to all your documents as well as display your company structure.

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Ireland Company Formation

Good to Know
As well as the low Corporate Tax rate of 12.5% (0% for some companies until 2023), there are many other benefits of doing business in Ireland. For example, Ireland’s holding company regime is world renowned, as is Ireland’s tax structure and ease of doing business (Ranked as the best country in the world to do business by Forbes for 2014)

Main Characteristics of an Ireland Company

Company type
Private Limited Company by Shares (LTD)
Governing corporate legislation
Irish companies are regulated under the Companies Act 2014.
Information published relating to company officers
Upon registration of the company, the names of company officers will appear on public record.
Accounting requirement
Accounts and tax filing must be submitted by year-end.
Ireland’s corporate tax rate is 12.5%.
Standard currency
Time to form
Ireland has a fast and efficient registry. Company formation can be processed electronically within a day (upon validation of your identification documents).
Very stable jurisdiction with an excellent reputation.
Good communication means.
Time zone
Convenient time zone (GMT).
Secretary required
Paid up capital requirement
Minimum share capital: EUR 1
Renewal Date
Anniversary date of the company / Each Year
Basis of legal System
Common Law
Minimum directors/shareholders
Minimum of 1 director and 1 shareholder.
Bearer shares
Bearer shares are not permitted.
Additional Facts
Ireland’s strong legal and regulatory landscape makes the country an attractive and stable place to do business. Irish regulators across different sectors have a strong reputation for excellence.

Documents Required

for the Creation of an Ireland Company

A certified copy Certification of a passport can be made by a notary, an attorney-at-law, a bank, a public officer, or in accordance with SFM indications. Kindly consult your dedicated account manager at SFM to obtain precise information. of your passport, 2 certified proofs of domicile dated less than three months, a curriculum vitae, as well as last 3 months' bank statement. All in original.**

Frequently Asked Questions

Company Formation in Ireland

  • What type of company do you register in Ireland?

    The type of company that we form in Ireland is known as a Private Company Limited by shares (LTD) and it is regulated under the Companies Act 2014. A private company limited by shares (LTD) is the most commonly used Irish company type for commercial and private businesses in Ireland.
  • Is an Irish Private Company Limited by shares (LTD) tax liable?

    Please refer to our complete guide about an Irish limited company taxation.
  • Do I need to submit accounts for an Irish Private Company Limited by shares (LTD)?

    Yes, an annual return must be filed annually with the Companies Registration Office regardless of whether the company has traded or not. SFM, through its partners' local accountants can take care of this formality for you.

    We will contact you in due course and ask you for documents to be able to produce accounts on your behalf. Documents requested are generally bank statements, invoices, and receipts.
  • Will my data be publicly available in Ireland?

    Yes, Irish company officers’ names are publicly available to check online.
  • How many directors and shareholders should I appoint to my Private Company Limited by shares (LTD)?

    A minimum of 1 director and 1 shareholder should be appointed to setup an Irish limited company (LTD). The maximum allowed number of shareholders is 149, while an LTD company can have only one single director.
  • If I’m not a resident in the EU zone, can I still register a Private Company Limited by shares (LTD) in Ireland?

    Yes, a foreign shareholder can register an Irish limited company (LTD). However, if the director is not a resident in the European Economic Area (EEA), a bond called ‘Section 137 Non-Resident Directors Bond’ must be put in place.
  • What is the ‘Section 137 Non-Resident Directors Bond’ ?

    A Section 137 Bond covers the company up to a sum of €25,000. This policy covers the risks of non-compliance by the company.
  • Will my liability be limited if I register my company as a Private Company Limited by shares (LTD) in Ireland?

    The shareholders’ liability in an Irish limited company (LTD) is typically limited to the amount of shares respectively held by them.
  • Do I need to travel to Ireland at any point to setup my Irish limited company (LTD)?

    No, the Irish company registry is extremely efficient, and all formalities can be completed online.
  • How easy is it to open an account for an Irish limited company (LTD)?

    If you would like your bank account to be opened in Ireland, this is possible but will require your visit to Ireland to meet the bank in person.

    Otherwise, we may open bank account in other countries.

    Generally speaking, Irish companies are extremely well regarded internationally, and therefore opening a bank account is usually not a problem. Obviously, this will be subject to the bank’s own decision and due diligence requirements.

Ireland Jurisdiction News

Ireland Company Registration now Offered by SFM

30 August 2021
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* Subject to the constraints of the due diligence procedure.
** Documents must be provided for every person related to the company.
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Having a favourable business climate and a well-educated workforce, Ireland is a popular destination to register a company, especially for tech companies and startups. The country's well-developed business infrastructure and access to the European market make it an ideal location for companies seeking to establish a presence in the region. Additionally, Ireland's stable political environment and competitive operating costs have further contributed to its popularity as an onshore jurisdiction for international businesses.

With our streamlined company formation process, we can help you register a company in Ireland. Moreover, we can assist you in renewing your company license and ensuring compliance with relevant authorities. As an experienced onshore/offshore business partner, we are well-versed in handling company license renewals and ensuring compliance with local regulations. If you are interested in offshore company or onshore company formation, we can also provide you with a detailed breakdown of the cost involved in registering a company.

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