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Estonian Business Register data is now free

Starting from 1 October 2022, Estonian e-Business Register data is available to everyone free of charge. Previously fees had to be paid to view data that was not part of the company registry card. This included for example data on company shareholders, articles of association, beneficial owners, and annual reports. The fees were 1 or 2 euros per item, so having a complete picture of any Estonian company could have cost you tens of euros.

There is also now an option for downloading bulk data files and making free automatic queries via XML API. Visit the Estonian Business Register Open Data page for more information. This potentially enables businesses to build new automatic client management processes when working with Estonian companies.

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How Unicount virtual office service works

Unicount is the simplest way to register an Estonian company. You can register a company in a few minutes with a virtual office address in Estonia. Unicount can only offer that fast formation service thanks to our virtual office and contact person service that is integrated into the process.

Unicount virtual office service is designed to match the needs of e-resident founders setting up an Estonian company online, but the service is also used by citizens and residents of Estonia, who prefer a professional business address for their companies. In this article, we explain how virtual office service works.

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Estonian income tax deductible business expenses

Starting an Estonian company online has never been easier. At Unicount, we’ve reduced it to a simple three minute task. While working with Estonian company founders, we’ve noticed the same business expenses-related questions come up a lot immediately after their Estonian company is registered.

We put together this article with the most typical Estonian income tax deductible expenses you should know as a business owner and company board member. Those e-resident founders who are not hiring a professional accountant might miss out on the benefits and opportunities provided to them in the Estonian tax laws because they simply do not have sufficient knowledge.
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Why you should submit your annual report in time

Every Estonian company has to submit an annual report (annual accounts) to the Estonian Business Register once a year. This document is an overview of your company’s finances and activities in its previous financial year. All Estonian companies are subject to the same rules, although the reports are simplified for micro and small enterprises. Even if your company hasn’t started trading yet then submitting the annual report is the one thing you need to do to ensure your company and its board is compliant with Estonian laws and does not get fined.
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e-Residency and Unicount support Ukraine

In April 2022 Estonian e-⁠Residency programme and selected service providers launched a reimbursement campaign to financially support Ukrainian entrepreneurs, help them deal with the consequences of war, and promote the development of the Ukrainian and Estonian economies. Unicount now reimburses company registration state fee to eligible Ukrainian e-resident founders and e-⁠Residency programme is reimbursing e-resident card fees to Ukrainian entrepreneurs registering a company in Estonia through Unicount.
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Share capital requirement to be removed 2023

On 13 April Estonian parliament adopted a brand-new Business Register Act, which abolishes the minimum share capital requirement for the Estonian private limited companies (OÜ). Most Estonians have lived their entire adult lives knowing that share capital of 2,500 euros is needed for a limited company. Since the first Estonian Commercial Code of 1995 the share capital requirement has been 40,000 Estonian crowns which was converted to 2,556 euros when Estonia adopted the euro in 2011. Later it was rounded to 2,500 euros.
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How did I register a company in Estonia?

Unicount has a landing page saying “registering a company should be as easy as registering a domain”. When I first read this, I remember getting really confused. Neither registering a company nor a domain sounded simple to me at that time. But it has been a few months ever since I register a company in Estonia. Now, I am here to explain why and how registering a company in Estonia is easy as it sounds.

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Unicount now also works in French and Turkish

Starting from February 2022 Unicount supports French an Turkish language. Unicount is the first e-Residency service provider enabling Business Register API powered online company formation in multiple languages and is continuing to add major languages of the world. E-residents and residents of Estonia can now register a company and manage their virtual office subscriptions in English, German, French, Turkish, Spanish, Russian and Estonian.

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How I became an Estonian e-resident?

Conducting business online is not easy for everyone, depending on the country they live in. Furthermore, establishing an online company is difficult for people living in countries that have lots of bureaucracy and red tape. I consider myself facing this dilemma. As a business school graduate translator from Turkey, conducting my own translation and marketing services business was a distant dream considering the number of hurdles I faced to save my business plans.
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Estonian company registration fee to increase in 2022

The state fee for starting a company and making any amendments to company details in the Estonian Business Register is going to rise from 1 January 2022, based on the new State Fees Act passed by the Estonian Parliament on 22 November 2021. This is contrary to our own recommendations to instead reduce the state fees for e-services, including the online formation of an Estonian limited company. The fees do remain relatively low by international standards but we just want to give a quick overview of the changes.

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