Georgia company registration

DOING BUSINESS IN GEORGIA IN 2018

Since 2003, Healy Consultants Group PLC has assisted our Clients with business registration in Georgia. Our services include i) Georgia business registration ii) government license registration iii) business bank account opening iv) employee recruitment v) visa strategies and vi) office rental solutions.

SummaryTax resident LLCInternational Trading LLCInternational Finance Company
Free zone LLC
Representative office
Also known asLLCSpecial trade companyInternational finance companyFree industrial zone companyRepresentative office
Best use of company?All products and servicesTrading with global ClientsSupplying financial servicesManufacturing and export tradingMarketing & research
How soon can you invoice Clients\sign sales contracts?1 week3 weeks3 months3 weeks4 weeks
How soon can you hire staff?1 week3 weeks3 weeks3 weeks4 weeks
How soon can you sign a lease agreement?1 week1 week1 week1 week1 week
How long to supply corporate bank account numbers?2 months2 months5 months2 months2 months
How long to supply company registration/tax numbers?1 week3 weeks3 months3 weeks4 weeks
Corporate tax rate on annual net profits?15%0%0%0%None
Limited liability entity?YesYesYesYesNo
Government grants and tax incentives available?
YesYesYesYesNo
Government approval required for foreign owners?NoNoNoNoNo
Resident director/partner/manager/ legal representative required?NoNoNoYesYes
minimum paid up share capital?US$1US$1US$100,000US$100,000None
Can bid for Government contracts?YesYesYesYesNo
Corporate bank account location?Bank of GeorgiaVTBLiberty BankPeoples BankTBC Bank
Can secure trade finance?YesYesYesYesNo
VAT payable on sales to local customers?18%No local sales allowed.No local sales allowed.0%Cannot trade
Average total business set up engagement costs?US$11,500US$18,150US$32,550US$17,030US$11,200
Average total engagement period?2 months
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  • Advantages and disadvantages

    Advantages of Georgia company registration

    business registration facts in Georgia

    1. It is possible to register a Georgia limited liability company with only one shareholder and one director, both of which can be foreigners and are not required to live in the country. Furthermore, there is no minimum paid up capital requirement;
    2. It is easy to set up a business in Georgia because:
      • The country has fewer and simpler registration steps that most other Central Asian countries. Therefore, starting a business in the country can be done in a week;
      • The application is done with the National Agency of Public Registry, and can be done either by one of the shareholders or by a legal representative;
      • For the above reasons, the country is ranked 16th in the Ease to do Business ranking by the World Bank.
    3. Foreigners registering a company in Georgia can take advantage of the country’s beneficial tax regime, including:
      • Currently, the corporate tax rate is set at 15%, the 4th lowest in Central Asia after Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan;
      • Companies are exempt from i) capital duty ii) social security contribution iii) payroll tax and iv) branch remittance tax;
      • Clients that wish to set up their companies in one of Georgia’s free trade zones, are exempt from i) corporate income tax ii) property tax and iii) VAT and import/export tax for certain products.
    4. Furthermore, full exemption of corporate income tax on foreign source income may be granted to:
      • Trading companies with Georgian sourced income i) lower than US$420,000 or ii) 5% or their total custom value of the products traded with overseas customers;
      • Financial companies with foreign sourced income exceeding 90% of their total income.
    5. Georgia’s location can offer our Clients the following advantages:
      • Georgia is both culturally similar and geographically near to Russia, optimal for Clients that wish to expand their activities in the country;
      • Georgia is one of the countries which China’s “One Belt, One Road” project will pass through. The planned railway will link the Asian country with the European continent. Investments in Georgia will be able to take advantage of such link.
    6. Other benefits of investing in Georgia include:

    Disadvantages of Georgia company registration

    1. Clients that wish to produce for the domestic market are faced with several challenges, including:
      • Georgia has a total population of 3.5 million, the 2nd lowest in Central Asia, just behind Armenia;
      • Georgia also has one of the lowest purchasing power of Central Asia; way below the medium for the European continent.
    2. Georgia has a very tense relationship with Russia, due to:
      • Russia’s military occupies the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in northern Georgia since the war in 2008 and considers them both independent territories under Russian control. Since Russia refuses to allow international interference, the issue continues to go unresolved;
      • Although the vast majority of gas is supplied by Azerbaijan, Georgia’s consumption of Russia gas, part of the supply chain to Armenia, is essential to maintain a diversified gas supply and to balance prices.
  • Best uses of a Georgian company

    • Georgian international trading companies and international financial companies are tax efficient solutions for Clients with international operations. Such companies are exempt from corporate income tax in their worldwide income;
    • Clients that wish to explore the Russian market, can consider setting up their operations in Georgia as the country allows easy access to Russia and offers several tax advantages for local companies.

Company registration

  • Time to incorporate: Four weeks
  • Cost to set up: US$11,550
  • Minimum capital: US$1
  • Physical office required: Yes

Required appointments

  • Shareholders: 1
  • Directors: 1
  • Company secretary: No
  • Resident director: No

Key facts

  • Corporate tax rate: 15%
  • Corporate tax base: Worldwide
  • Shelf companies: No
  • Main company type: LLC

Contact us

For additional information on our company registration services in Georgia, please email us at email@healyconsultants.com. Alternatively please contact our in-house country expert, Ms. Karen Lee, directly: