Establish Estonian company online

Estonian companies can be established, registered, and administered entirely online. In 2009 Estonia received a Guinness World Record for “fastest time to register a new legal entity” – just 18 minutes.

Furthermore, in Estonia company income is not taxed, and taxes are paid only upon profit distribution to shareholders. e-Residency does not automatically establish tax residency. To learn about taxation and to avoid double taxation please consult a tax professional (or download whitepaper).

Any entrepreneur or freelancer interested in running a location-independent international business enjoys the following benefits:

  • Ability to register a new company within a day
  • Low startup and maintenance costs
  • Remote administration from anywhere in the world
  • 0% company income tax means more money to invest
  • Minimal bureaucracy and clear tax framework
  • Company belongs to EU legal framework
  • Companies registered in the EU are regarded as more trustworthy

Steps for registering a company:

  1. Contact a virtual office service provider to obtain a legal address in Estonia. We are currently working on quicker and more cost-effective options to obtain this required address. Please subscribe to our newsletter for updates.
  2. Register a company online at the Company Registration Portal

More information may be found in the Investment Guide.

Administer the company online

Managing a company remotely is convenient, and eliminates the time and expense of travel. Estonian businesses also enjoy some of the lowest administrative burden of any company in the world. The services now available to e-Residents to administer businesses online have been used by Estonians for many years in running their own enterprises.

  • Remote administration from anywhere around the world
  • No need to hire and correspond with a local director or representative (unless you want to!) — minimising risk and complexity
  • Declaring taxes online saves time and expense
  • State-provided online accounting software minimises corporate reporting burden

Steps for administering company:

  1. Manage company online in e-Business Register
  2. Declare taxes at the e-Tax Board
  3. Use the AU Accounting for tax filing2, or various other commercial alternatives

NOTE 2  The state-provided online accounting software is currently available in Estonian and will be translated soon. Please subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

Digitally sign documents and contracts

Digital signatures have been available in Estonia since 2000 and are used daily. More than 200 million digital signatures have been created in Estonia since inception.

  • Contracts and documents can be digitally signed and sent to partners and colleagues within minutes
  • Eliminates the need to send documents via expensive international couriers
  • Digital signature provides higher level of security compared to handwritten signature
  • E-mail digitally signed documents to your partner to countersign

Digital signatures are legally equal to handwritten signatures in Estonia, between partners upon agreement and with many service providers all around the world. It qualifies as an e-signature under EU Directive 1999/93/EC, E-SIGN law (15 USC 96) in the US and similar laws in other countries.

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