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Bulgaria Company Formation

Ajman Free Zone Authority


Capital: Sofia

Official languages: Bulgarian

Currency: Bulgarian Lev

Bulgaria offshore incorporation: key facts

Starting a business in Bulgaria develops around several different business forms such as: joint-stock company, general partnership, limited partnership, partnership limited by shares but the most popular is the Private Limited Company. The basic requirements for the company registration in Bulgaria of a limited liability company are:

  • 1 director (any nationality)
  • 1 shareholder (any nationality)
  • Minimum share capital: 2 BGN (1 euro)

The officers of the company can be resident elsewhere and foreigners as well as individuals or corporate bodies. According to the law, a local registered address is required which will be provided with our incorporation package that includes a domiciliation service in a central business area and virtual office facilities upon request.
The limited liability company is the type of business organization most widely used among investors because of the minimum capital requirements and the simplicity of its corporate governance structure.

  • The company name must be registered in Bulgarian and optionally in a second language of choice
  • At least one main activity must be registered, however the company may conduct any other activities which are legal and do not require any special license
  • The Ltd must have at least one shareholder and manager who can be the same person
  • The time scale for the formation is approximately 15 to 20 days
  • A VAT number is only required for companies with an annual turnover exceeding 25,000 euro; however companies can apply for voluntary registration that takes only about 10 to 15 days
  • Annual accounts must only be audited under certain special criteria, generally for large companies with a turnover over 1.25 million euro and more than 50 employees. Small companies can obtain important savings avoiding the audit cost.

Bulgaria offshore incorporation: benefits

Bulgaria is a colourful developing country situated in a strategic geographical location. A member of the European Union since 2007, enjoying a stable banking system and offering tempting investment incentives, the country is definitely worth the consideration for your financial intentions.

Stable Banking and Business Environment

Bulgaria is not yet a member of the Eurozone but enjoys a very stable currency, the “Lev”, which is supported by the currency board, pegging it to the euro at level of 1.96. It has the second-lowest government debt in the EU (17.0% of GDP) and one of the lowest budget deficits. The country stands 57th in the ranking of 185 other economies in “ease of doing business” according to a measurement of the World Bank.

Favourable Taxation

One of the main advantages of Bulgaria company registration is its tax regime: corporate tax rate is only 10%, the lowest in the EU and personal income tax is 10%, flat rate. Industries in high-unemployment areas are granted a special 0% tax rate.
Dividends and liquidation proceeds payable to non-residents are subject to 5% withholding tax (lower rates may apply under a tax treaty) and are exempt from withholding tax under the European Parent-Subsidiary Directive when payable to a legal entity tax resident in the EU. Bulgaria has a standard VAT rate of 20%, with a reduced rate of 9% for hotels and accommodation services. Exports and intracommunity supplies are zero rated.

Low Cost of doing Business

Bulgaria has the lowest labour costs in the EU with a minimum wage around 200 euro and the average salary around 500 euro. However, the work force is well educated, highly skilled and multilingual.
Office rental prices are affordable and the electricity cost for industrial users is 70% of the European average rates.

Access to strategic Markets

Starting a business in Bulgaria also benefits from a strategic position:

  • European Union - zero tariff market with population of 500 million
  • CIS – excellent relationship with former soviet countries
  • Turkey - zero tariff market of a near 80 million population
  • Bulgaria has 68 double taxation agreements in force

Contact us to learn more about how GR Morgan Formations can assist you with your company registration in Bulgaria and all the business services you need.

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