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Do I have to be resident in the Republic of Ireland to form an Irish company?

Irish Company Formation

Do I have to be resident in the Republic of Ireland to form an Irish company?

The answer is no but should at least one director not be ordinarily tax resident in either the Republic of Ireland or another European Economic Area (EEA) – basically the European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – it will be necessary to obtain a surety bond for around €25,000.00 Euro. If required, Starting My Business can obtain a surety bond quote but generally they cost around €1,500.00 per annum

Who can be a director of a Republic of Ireland company?

Unlike the UK, a director of an Irish company must be an individual and specifically not another corporate vehicle. In addition, all Irish companies require at least two directors.

Who can be a shareholder of an Irish company?

Any legal entity, be it an individual or another corporate entity, can be a shareholder of an Irish company. In addition, under EU provisions it is possible if desired or required for there to be only one shareholder.

Is a company secretary required in Ireland?

Under the provisions of the Companies’ Acts 1963-2009, all Irish companies must have a company secretary and a company secretary may be an individual or corporate body.

Where do I pay my taxes?

All Irish companies are deemed fiscally resident in the Republic of Ireland and are subject to the Irish corporate tax rates of 12.5% (generally for active trading activities) and 25% (generally for active passive activities) respectively. However, if the directors are resident outside of the Republic of Ireland there may be certain management and control issues that should be discussed with one of our in-house lawyers or chartered accountants.

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