Here are the steps in brief:
For more information about our company formation service, please contact us.
How long will it take?
Do I need a NIE?
What steps are involved in forming a company?
What information do we need from you to get started?
Will the company have a VAT number?
What costs are involved in forming a company in Spain?
Can a foreign company be the sole shareholder?
Can I avoid the trip to Spain?
What are the tax and accounting obligations for a company in Spain?
Should I form a new company or buy an off-the-shelf company?
Why is it so expensive to form a company in Spain?
What should I look out for when shopping for incorporation services in Spain?
|Time to complete|
|Task||New company||Off-the-shelf company|
|Get the name approved||6-12 days*||X|
|Get the company tax ID (CIF)||1 day**||X|
|Prepare to sign at the notary||1 day||1 day|
|Receive certificate of company registration||20-30 days***||20-30 days***|
*If all three names you provide are rejected, then we will ask you for three more names, and repeat the process. For this reason, it's important that your third choice is a safe choice that will ensure approval.
**Completing this process requires that you have a NIE. Getting a NIE may take time, so you should begin that process as soon as possible.Do I need a NIE?
Yes, all directors and shareholders of the company need a NIE, as a result of the Fraud Prevention Act which came into force on February 2005. If you don't have a NIE, please read our guide to obtaining a NIE number.What steps are involved in forming a company? The steps are as follows:
Yes, the company will have a Spanish tax ID (CIF), which is the VAT number. You will have the tax ID the day you sign at the notary. With the tax ID, your Spanish company can do business anywhere in the EU.
If the company will be exchanging frequent invoices with companies in the EU but outside Spain, then you may want to be listed in the EU VAT registry (censo VIES) so you won't have to bill and be billed for IVA in your EU transactions. As part of our accounting service, we will apply to have your company registered if you request it.What costs are involved in forming a company in Spain? Whether you choose our standard company formation or our offer of a free company when you pay for one year of accounting, all fees are paid for -- notary fees, mercantile registry fees, and transfer tax/stamp duty (based on the minimum backing capital of 3000€).
Note that before you can form a company in Spain, you need to have a NIE. Just let us know if you don't yet have one.
Once the SL is established, you are required to fulfill tax and accounting obligations, even if you have no invoices.Can a foreign company be the sole shareholder? Yes. Note, however, that a company may not be the director. The director has to be a person. Can I avoid the trip to Spain? Yes, you can give us a power of attorney. Please contact us about the best way to get a power of attorney. What are the tax and accounting obligations for a company in Spain? You are required to file tax forms every quarter, as well as yearly tax forms. You are also required to fill out four accounting books, and present them yearly to the Mercantile Register. These requirements hold true even if your company has no financial movement. See our accounting page for more information. Why is it so expensive to form a company in Spain? In the UK and the USA, forming a company can be done online. In Spain, company formation requires at least eight visits in person to various offices. What should I look out for when shopping for incorporation services in Spain?