Start Holding Company in Estonia 🇪🇪
🚀 We specialize in establishing holding companies in Estonia. If you prefer not to be a 100% shareholder as an individual but wish to link your existing company with an Estonian counterpart, creating a strategic vehicle, this is commonly referred to as a ‘Holding Company.’ Holding companies offer various benefits, including efficient management structures, tax advantages, and streamlined business operations. By forming holding companies, you can optimize your corporate setup for greater flexibility and international business synergy.
What is the Holding Company and Its Purpose?
Holding company is like a money manager for various things, such as property, stocks, or other companies. It’s set up to keep the money and risks separate for the owners. This way, if one of the things it owns has money troubles, the owners are less at risk. Big holding companies make money in two main ways:
From What They Own: They get money from the companies they own, either by getting a cut of the profits those companies make or by selling a piece of those companies for more money.
Making Things Easier for Everyone: Holding companies can make extra money by making things more efficient. For example, if they own a few companies, they might provide services like IT or human resources to all of them. This helps everyone save money and makes the holding company more money.
Disadvantages of holding company in Estonia
You can’t create holding company with e-Residency Card
The E-Residency Card is linked to an individual, a natural person, and is tied to their personal signature. However, a holding company is a legal entity where another legal entity, not an individual, holds 100% of the shares in an Estonian company.
This is not the cheapest option.
|Type of Company
|100% shares – Natural Person
|Holding Companies (Notary)
|100% shares – Legal Person
the notary public is engaged in this proccess
The notary public is engaged in this process. We require a notarized and apostilled Power of Attorney from a foreign company (e.g., 🇩🇪 GmbH or 🇬🇧 British LTD). Acting in front of the notary, we proceed to purchase shares on behalf of the foreign company. The foreign company becomes a 100% shareholder in the Estonian company (🌐).
Advantages of Holding Companies in Estonia
Traveling in tallin is not requred
We handle all tasks entirely remotely. To proceed, we require a notarized Power of Attorney document from you, along with an apostille and a certified translation. Using these documents, we can either establish a new company on your behalf or offer you an already established company for purchase. More about share transfer in Estonia.
Corporation tax – 0% – deffer corporation tax
Estonia’s corporate tax system operates uniquely under a territorial principle, where companies are taxed solely on distributed profits, encouraging reinvestment and growth. The standard corporate tax rate is 20%. However, starting in 2025, there’s a planned increase in income tax for both corporations and individuals, going from 20% to 22%. Notably, the preferential corporate tax rate of 14%, specifically for regularly distributed profits, and the associated 7% withholding tax on dividends to natural persons will be phased out.
N.B For Holding Companies, the retention and reinvestment of profits continue to be exempt from corporate income tax.
E-Residency card and e-residency marketplace
Enjoy the convenience of managing your company with the E-Residency Card! Apply today to streamline tasks such as signing documents digitally, checking document authenticity, securely sending files, accessing various online services, starting an Estonian company online, and managing it from anywhere globally. Benefit from digital banking, handle online payments effortlessly, and file corporate taxes conveniently if your company is a tax resident in Estonia. Read more about benefits of opening company in Estonia.
We ensure that all Estonian companies within holding structures have valid VAT Registration (VAT EE number). Our guarantee extends to Estonian shelf companies, ensuring they are in excellent standing with no civil or tax liabilities. Upon your request, we also provide a Certificate of Tax Clearance, VAT Certificate and Certificate of Tax Residency as well.
Example of a Holding Company
|Idea for Using Holding Companies
|🌐 Facilitate expansion into global markets, holding subsidiaries in different countries.
|🔒 Safeguard assets by separating them within a holding structure, reducing legal and financial risks.
|💶 Leverage favorable tax environments by strategically placing assets and subsidiaries.
|Merger and Acquisitions
|🔄 Streamline the process of acquiring or merging with other companies for business growth.
|🏰 Efficiently pass on assets and wealth to heirs while maintaining control through a holding company.
|Real Estate Investments
|🏡 Hold and manage real estate properties, optimizing returns and minimizing taxation.
|Intellectual Property Management
|🛡️ Centralize control over patents, trademarks, and copyrights for effective IP portfolio management.
|🤝 Facilitate partnerships and joint ventures, providing a structured framework for collaboration.
|Financial Portfolio Management
|💼 Manage diverse investments, including stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments.
|🔄 Plan for business continuity by structuring ownership and management succession.
We Have Clients from European Countries
🇩🇪 Germany: GMBH – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇵🇱 Poland: Sp. z o.o – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇫🇷 France: S.a.r.l – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇬🇷 Greece: EPE – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇮🇹 Italy: S.r.l – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇪🇸 Spain: S.L. – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇳🇱 Netherlands: B.V. – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇧🇪 Belgium: NV/SA – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇵🇹 Portugal: LDA – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇸🇪 Sweden: AB – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇩🇰 Denmark: A/S – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇦🇹 Austria: GmbH – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇫🇮 Finland: OY – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇮🇪 Ireland: LTD – 100% shares in Estonian OU
🇨🇿 Czech Republic: S.R.O. – 100% shares in Estonian OU
Register Holding Company in Estonia 🇪🇪
Set Up Holding in Tallinn!
Personal visit in Tallinn is required. The transaction is conducted in the notary public office.
Set up HOLDING remotely!
We always need a certified / notarized and apostilled Power of Attorney issued in your living country to proceed with the transaction.
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The remote transfer of shares in Estonian company is still possible once we get Power of Attorney from you . Take over existing company and change a business name and nature of business! It works well!
Questions taken by our custommers
- What documents do you require to complete a transaction?
In order to adhere to the AML regulations in Estonia, we ask that you provide the following documents:
- One form of photographic identification, such as a passport or identity card.
- One proof of address, such as a recent utility bill for your current residence. Please note that the proof of address must be dated within the last 90 days.
- A completed KYC form to help us verify your identity and comply with regulations.
*Please note that additional questions or documents may be required depending on individual circumstances and the nature of the transaction. Our team will be happy to provide you with more information and guidance on any additional requirements.
- Do you have VAT registered companies?
Certainly! We offer a selection of companies that come with VAT registration included, each of which is guaranteed to have VAT registration. If you would like to confirm the validity of the VAT EU number for yourself, simply ask our friendly staff and they will provide you with the information you need. You can check the number’s validity by using the VIES EU website.
- Do I need to travel into Tallinn?
Although we’re pleased to arrange meetings with you at our Tallinn office, you need not worry about travelling to our location. We understand that not everyone resides in Tallinn, and for this reason, we provide a variety of packages tailored to your specific needs.
- Cryptocurrency Licencing Accounting Services
If using cryptocurrency in your business model, you’ll most certainly require a unique accounting agreement for handling high volume transactions. We can assist you in this, as we are well versed in cryptocurrency exchange services. Such services typically result in millions of transactions per month and thus have to be automated using various Artificial Intelligence bots.
- WHEN WILL COMPANY RECORDS IN RIK.EE BE CHANGED?
Changes should become visible within 3-5 working days, though this is dependent upon the notary public submission and processing changes by RIK.
- HOW TO GET VAT NUMBER IN ESTONIA?
There are two options for obtaining a VAT number in Estonia. Firstly, you can register an OU company and apply for a VAT number. Please note that if your turnover exceeds 40,000 EUR on a yearly basis, VAT registration is mandatory. However, you also have the option to voluntarily register for VAT. Once you receive your VAT number, you can verify its validity on the VIES website. As a VAT payer, it is important to remember that you are obligated to file VAT returns by the 20th day of the following month for the previous month’s activities.
- What is a shelf company?
A shelf company is a pre-registered company that has been set up with the intention of being sold later. These companies are typically dormant and have not engaged in any business activities.
- Why might someone want to purchase a shelf company?
Purchasing a shelf company can be a faster and more convenient way to start a business, as the company is already registered and ready to go. This can save time and effort compared to starting a new company from scratch.
- Are shelf companies legal in Estonia?
Yes, shelf companies are legal in Estonia and can be purchased through reputable service providers.
- How long does it take to purchase a shelf company in Estonia?
The time it takes to purchase a shelf company can vary depending on the service provider and any customization that is required. However, in general, the process can usually be completed within a few days to a week.
🇪🇪🇪🇺🇬🇧 Fees for Holding Companies in Estonia
🇪🇪 Registration HOLDING company from A-Z
We register new company for you
- Registered under the laws of Estonia, ensuring compliance with local regulations
- The state fee 260EUR included in the purchase price
- Ready for immediate use, saving you time and effort
- Notarial fees and certified translations are not included
- No civil or tax liabilities, giving you peace of mind
🇪🇪 Ready Made Company as HOLDING
Ready made VAT company – already VAT registered / EORI application – free of charge on demand
- VAT registered shelf company from Estonia ( VAT EE number on VIES is valid)
- Drafting of Power of Attorney included
- Notarial and solicitor fees are included
- State fee – 260 EUR is paid
- Share capital not paid
- Certified translation fees not included
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