1Office can provide you with a complete business solution. In addition to establishing a company, we can also offer business and tax consultancy, registered office address, legal and accounting services to support you.
3 reasons for choosing our portal:
- Get your company registered fast and all business services from one place.
- 1Office Company Formation Portal is a secure platform. We ensure that your payment, company and personal details are protected at the highest level.
- During office hours you are welcome to contact our customer support in English, Finnish, Russian and Estonian.
- How to open a business online?
- What’s unique about Estonian e-Residency?
- What are the conditions for registering an Estonian company through the 1Office Company Formation Portal?
- Why to start your company in Estonia?
How to open a business online?
There are two official online platforms where you can register your company:
- 1Office Company Formation Portal. In collaboration with the Estonian Centre of Registers and Information Systems 1Office Company Formation Portal allows you to establish your limited company, order a virtual office service (legal address) and an authorized contact person service. Both services are often needed to start your company. Use our trusted service, authorized by the Estonian Commercial Register.
- Centre of Registers and Information Systems. It is an Internet environment that allows entrepreneurs to submit electronic applications, documents and annual reports to the Commercial Register. Applications can only be signed using your ID-card or Mobile-ID.
The process of opening a limited company online via 1Office portal is simple and should not take you more than half an hour.
1Office Company Formation Portal 4-steps process:
Step 1: create an account and log in,
Step 2: fill out a simple form;
Step 3: sign the form with your e-Residency card and
Step 4: pay for the service online and submit the form to Commercial Register.
The entire process should not take more than 15 minutes. If you have filled out the form correctly, your company will be registered at the Business Register within 48 hours.
What’s unique about Estonian e-Residency?
Everyone who have successfully applied for an Estonian e-Residency, have access to establishing their Estonian limited company online. This means that it does not matter where you are located, all you need is an e-Residency card, a card reader with its free software and a computer to register a company. Does it sound simple? It really is.
e-Residency programme offers you a chance to setup a location-independent online business! Thanks to the programme you will be able to:
- start an Estonian company online,
- manage your accounting online,
- declare Estonian taxes online,
- digitally sign and transmit documents online.
What are the conditions for registering an Estonian company through the 1Office Company Formation Portal?
- Only private persons who have an Estonian personal ID code can register an Estonian company online through the 1Office Company Formation Portal.If you as a legal entity would like to register an Estonian company, please get in touch with us. We will help you with the registration process.
- The company can be registered by one founder. If you have more than one founder, please get in touch with us. We will help you with the registration process.
- The share capital of the company must be at least 2500 euro. The maximum share capital permitted is 25 000 euro. You can register the company through the 1Office Company Formation Portal without having to deposit the share capital. You can do this later at the bank.
- Every Estonian company must have an Estonian address. If you do not have one, you cannot register the company. 1Office provides a business address service (Narva mnt 5, Tallinn 10117, Estonia). You can order the address service during the registration process. The service fee is 200 euro (excluding VAT) for one calendar year. It will be added to your total company registration fee.
- To register an Estonian company, both the founder and the board member(s) must have an Estonian personal ID code. If the founder and the board member are different persons, both must digitally sign the company registration application. You will be able to download the application after filling out the registration form. Once you have signed the downloaded document, you must upload it to the portal for submission.
If at least half of the board members reside outside the European Economic Area, you must appoint a local contact person. This person can be either an Estonian legal or private person with the possibility to sign documents digitally. If you do not have an Estonian contact person, please get in touch with us and we will provide you with a contact person as a service.
Why to start your company in Estonia?
Estonia is a business location for you if you value low level of bureaucracy, access to online services and simple tax system. Estonia is a well developed, has a high-income economy and is among the fastest growing countries in the EU. In 2005 Estonia became the first nation to hold elections over the Internet, and in 2014 the first nation to provide e-Residency. You can read more about Estonia from Wikipedia.
In our experience these are the most common reasons why entrepreneurs start their company in Estonia:
- 0% corporate income tax – this means that the income of your company is not taxed, only profit distribution is taxed;
- 100 percent exemption on all foreign-earned income (known as a “territorial” tax system);
- access to online services (e-Business Register, online banking, e-Tax Department, etc.);
- signing documents digitally;
- low state fees;
- membership of the European Union, Eurozone, NATO, OECD and Schengen Area;
- straight forward and friendly people.
Read more from here: Facts about Estonia.
The World Bank provides objective measures of business regulations in 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational level. You can read a short overview about starting a business in Estonia from here: http://www.doingbusiness.org/data/exploreeconomies/estonia/starting-a-business . According to the Tax Foundation’s 2014 International Tax Competitiveness Index, Estonia has the most competitive tax regime in the developed world.