Incorporation of Company

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Ireland is a highly developed jurisdiction, a member of the EU and of the Euro zone. Since 1999, Ireland has remained an attractive jurisdiction for those wishing to operate a company from a prestigious EU country with a relatively low level of taxation. The tax rate in Ireland since 2003 has been only 12.5 %, which is one of the lowest in the EU. An Irish company may serve as a prestigious and favourable corporate instrument to be used for solid investment and other financial projects.

Principal Corporate Legislation: Companies Acts 1963 to 2009
Type of Law: Common
Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents: English
Type of Company for International Trade, Investment & Tax Planning: Private Limited Company.



Ireland - Private Limited Company

Share Capital
Standard authorised share capital is EUR 1,000,000. Minimum paid up share capital is EUR 1.
Classes of Share Available
Registered shares and preference shares.
Bearer Shares
Not permitted.
Restrictions on Trading
Banking, insurance, assurance, reinsurance, fund management, collective investment schemes, trust management, trusteeship business provision are not permitted.
Registered Office Required
Yes, must be maintained in the Ireland.
The minimum number of directors is two. Director can be of any nationality and need not be resident but at least one director must be resident the European Economic Area (EEA). Corporate directors are not permitted.
Shareholders The minimum number of shareholders is one.
The minimum number of shareholders is one.
Publicly Accessible Records
Nominee Shareholders and Nominee Directors
Location of Meetings of Directors and Shareholders
Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership to Authorities
No. Personal Presence Required
12.5% on trading income 25% on non trading income.
Double Taxation Treaty Access
Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.
Requirements to File Accounts
Requirement to File Annual Return
Audit Requirements
Yes, but small company exemption.
Exchange Control
Language of Name
Restricted Words
Words such as "Assurance", "Bank", "Building Society", "Royal", "Trust Company", "Trustee Company" etc. will require justification.
Name of a Company
The words "Limited", "Ltd" or "Teoranta*" must be part of the name of every company. * Irish Gaelic for Limited.
Time to Incorporate
Two weeks.


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