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Irish Domestic Companies

Tax Mitigation Jurisdictions


Since the passing of S.58 of the Finance Act 1998 and subsequent statutes; all Irish companies must be resident, have a substantive Irish presence including a local individual director or appropriate indemnity bond of around for €25,300.00. However, positively Irish companies are only taxed at 12.5% (from 2003) and benefit from a well educated indigenous and immigrant community

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Situated to the west of the United Kingdom of Great Britain

Country Facts

Sovereign nation state located West of the United Kingdom. Declared independence from the UK in 1916 with full autonomy secured in 1922. Historically dependent on agriculture and suffered high emigration. However, over the last 20 or so years the country has developed Europe's most successful computer software sector, a very large pharmaceutical industry, a highly successful airline industry plus the more traditional brewing, agricultural and crystal industries. Per capita income is currently the 4th highest in the world ahead of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the United States but behind countries such as Norway, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Population: 4,400,000 Size: 26,600 sq.miles

Corporate Requirements

Name: The name of the required company should be checked with the Registrar. The ending will be either limited` or public limited company.

Capital: The minimum issued share capital is €1.00 with most limited companies having an authorised nominal share capital of at least €1,000.00.

Registered Office: All Irish companies require a local registered office for service of process.

Registered Agent: There is no specific requirement for a registered agent

Board of Directors: There must be at least one director. A director must be an individual resident in Ireland not a corporate body. Details are on public record. There are no nationality requirements.

Company Secretary: The company secretary can be resident or non-resident; a corporate or non-corporate body

Shareholders: There must be at least one shareholder. They can be either real or corporate entities. There are no nationality or residence restrictions.

Advantages of an Irish Resident Company

  1. Ireland has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in Europe (12.5% )
  2. Highly advanced Corporate Law
  3. Similar laws and way of life to both the UK and US
  4. Limited Companies can be formed in as little as 5 working days.
  5. Excellent Double Taxation Treaty Network.
  6. Highly Respectable
  7. Excellent communications
  8. The fastestgrowing developed country in the World
  9. Companies need only one director. A director must be a real person resident in the Republic of Ireland or a non-resident having paid for a S.58 Indemnity Bond
  10. or a corporate entity. Details are on public record.
  11. There are no nationality requirements for officers and shareholders.
  12. There must be at least one shareholder. A shareholder can be a corporate entity and there are no nationality or residence requirements.
  13. A full register of members and charges must be kept at the registered office in Ireland.
  14. The name of the required company should be checked with the Registrar and the ending will be either Limited or Public Limited Company. Securing a company name is more difficult in Ireland than in the US or UK as the Companies Registration Office tries to avoid potential 'Passing Off' actions at the time of initial registration
  15. Developed and favourable corporate law.
  16. Single subscriber companies available.
  17. No capital gains tax and no exchange controls.


Irish companies are taxed on their worldwide income at the universal rate of 12.5%. Personal tax rates however are relatively high but non-domiciled but resident individuals can avoid being taxed on non-Irish sourced income

How to Incorporate an Irish Company

The formation procedure is very similar to that in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands. The principal governing legislation is covered by the Companies Acts' 1963-2005.

Relationship with the UK

Despite the well known historical difficulties between the UK and the Republic of Ireland they, nevertheless, are very significant trading partners with the UK being Ireland's foremost individual export market and Ireland being the 4th largest investor into the UK - Both countries have around 200-300,000 citizens residing in one anothers territory.

Annual Fees & Government Taxes

All companies must submit an annual return to the local authorities whether or not the company has traded. If a company has conducted no business it can submit non-trading accounts to the Revenue Commissioners. All companies must be very specific about their trading activities and will normally have to be registered for VAT which, at its highest rate, is 21% in Ireland.