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Setting up a company in Ireland?

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Do you want to set up a company Limited by shares in Republic of Ireland? Ireland is a gateway to Europe and a great destination of running and conducting business. Whether you are an international business and want to expand and set up a new vehicle which provides you the access to Europe and make it easier to do transactions among other EU countries. EU is considered as one economy in lot of respects. EU countries share common values when it comes to trade and when companies of each country interact among other EU entities.

Setting up a company in Ireland is easier. Main requirement that may affect is the condition of at least one director resident in any EU country. For example, if you are a main shareholder and want to become a director in a company but you are resident in for instance Hong Kong. It means at least one director could be only a nominee director from EU residence. However, you can alternatively set up a bond from insurance broker which may cost in the range of 1,500-2,000 Euros but that can make a possibility to set up a company in that situation.

Other Requirements – Easy ones.

Select a secretary for your company:

You’ll need to hire a separate company secretary if you only have one director. One of your directors can also serve as the company secretary if you have two or more directors.

You can hire a corporate body to act as your company secretary, such as our professional team at TAS Consulting. If you don’t have anyone to act in this professional capacity, this is a popular option.

You should have a registered office and a business address:

The registered office address is your company’s official, legal address. It must be a physical address in Ireland that is regularly monitored. Important notices are frequently sent to this address, so it’s common for it to be with your accountant. Our registered office address service ensures that your business follows the rules.

Your company’s business mail, such as invoices, is delivered to this address. This is not the same as a trading address. If you run an online business or work from home, for example, you might not want to reveal your home address. You can get a business correspondence address for your company in this case.

Check out our Virtual Office service for a discounted rate on both address services.

Choose a company name:

The company name is probably the first thing that comes to mind when considering forming a Limited Company in Ireland. It’s important to note, however, that the Companies Registration Office (CRO) can be picky about company names.

The company name must be distinct from other names already registered in Ireland and adhere to certain guidelines.

Our new Company Registration package includes a company name check, so just tell us what you want to call your business and we’ll take care of the rest!



Prepare and sign the articles of incorporation:

You are now ready to incorporate your business after meeting the above requirements. There are three possibilities:


  • Create a business online through the Companies Online Registration Environment (CORE).
  • Fill out a paper application (form A1).
  • Outsource your company formation to a company formation specialist like TAS Consulting Limited.

Place an order for a company seal

As such, now that your business has been incorporated, you’ll need to get a company seal.

It must be engraved with the company’s name and used to seal certain documents. Transfers of shares and certain documents provided in the articles, for eg, company law, contract law, and property law.

Register for tax

Before you can start trading in Ireland, you must first complete tax registration. This means that before you can invoice your clients, you must first register with Revenue.

The registration of your company with the CRO is a separate process that is usually handled by an accountant.

You may be required to register for the following taxes:

Corporation tax

  • (VAT) Value Added Tax
  • (RCT) Relevant Contracts Tax
  • Employers PAYE

The beneficial owner must be registered with the Register Of Beneficial Owners (RBO)

On the RBO website, all Irish registered companies must register their beneficial owner (anyone owning 25% or more of the company’s shares). This registration must be completed within 5 months of your company’s incorporation.

To complete the registration, the majority shareholders must have a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN).

You can hire a company formation specialist like TAS Consulting Limited to do it for you, or you can do it yourself.

Annual Returns must be filed with the CRO:

Even if you are not trading, you must file Annual Returns with the CRO when your company is formed. The Annual Return Date is assigned to each company and can be found using the CORE Company Search tool.

Six months after incorporation, the first Annual Return is due, and no financial statements are required. All elements of the Annual Return must be completed within 56 days.

Before October 31st, file a Director’s Income Tax Return (Form 11):

Every year, before the 31st of October, proprietary directors must file a self-assessed directors’ tax return (Form 11). The first year after your company’s incorporation, you must file your first directors’ return.

Even if the director only has employer (PAYE) income or the company hasn’t traded at all, this return must be filed.

Are you ready to form a Limited Company in Ireland?

Setting up an Irish Limited Company needn’t be a difficult task. With the right support and resources, your business can be set up within a few weeks. Our team of professionals are here to help you each step of the way.

Call us on +353 (1) 442 8230, Mob 00353 851477625 email