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How Unicount company formation works

Building a business can be tough, but starting a company should be simple. If you can register a domain name for your company in a few minutes then why not your company too?

That’s why Unicount was created. Unicount is the simplest way to register an Estonian company. It’s also the simplest way to start a paperless EU company from anywhere in the world. It takes just five minutes. Unicount is used by citizens and residents of Estonia, but also a growing number of people around the world because all you need is an Estonian digital ID, which can be obtained by citizens of other countries living outside Estonia through e-Residency.

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Estonian company registration certificates available online

Historically, well before Unicount and e-Residency came to town, non-residents having Estonian companies had to collect certified copies of registration certificates either from the Estonian Business Register by physically visiting it, or by visiting both Business Register and a notary. Estonian notaries would certify with their stamp that the Business Register stamped certificate was legit and sometimes even add an apostille if the certification of the Estonian notary was not good enough in the intended country of use.

In most cases, founders did not bother to come to Estonia for all that and had to pay their virtual office service providers to collect those stamped documents while paying hundreds of euros in fees. Not anymore.
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Estonian tax rates 2024-2025

On Wednesday 12 April, the Estonian parliament voted in favour of the new coalition government. One of the concerning items in the coalition agreement is changing Estonian tax rates to increase state revenue and thereby reduce government deficit spending. It is good to know though that Estonia currently is at the low end of tax-to-GDP ratio in the EU and has the lowest debt-to-GDP ratio. This has made Estonia a great place to build your global business.

Here is what we can read from the coalition agreement published on 8 April. It is important to note that none of it has been adopted by the Estonian parliament and a lot can change in the political process.

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How Unicount accounting service works

Unicount is the simplest way to register an Estonian company. After you have registered a company in a few minutes you will probably need either an accounting service or at least annual accounts preparation after the end of the financial year. Luckily, since January 2023 Unicount offers these services to our virtual office clients through the Client Dashboard.

Unicount accounting services are designed to match the needs of e-resident founders, completely online, provided in multiple languages and with clear manuals for most frequently asked questions. In this article, we explain how accounting service works.
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How to close an Estonian company

On 1 February 2023, a new Estonian Commercial Code came into force along with an entirely new law called Commercial Register Act. These laws regulate how Estonian limited companies can be dissolved and deleted.

Generally, the changes add more flexibility for the e-resident founders who have decided to close their Estonian company. E-residents can now liquidate their company without a need to appoint a resident liquidator. Dormant companies that have not started activities can be closed without the cumbersome liquidation process simply by applying for deletion from the Business Register.

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Estonian company share capital after 1 February 2023

On 1 February 2023, a new Estonian Commercial Code came into force. This law regulates the share capital requirements of Estonian limited companies.

The minimum required share capital of 2500 euros was deleted and the clause that allowed you to postpone your share capital deposit when registering a company was also removed. In this article, I will explain the details and provide some suggestions to the founders who had an Estonian company registered before 1 February.

Generally, the changes add a lot of flexibility for the e-resident founders even though one controversial aspect is detected by e-Residency experts. Not worrying about depositing and registering share capital of 2500 euros makes it much easier to start a limited company for residents and e-residents alike.

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You can now have a foreign legal address for an Estonian company

On 1 February 2023, there will be regulatory changes to the registered legal address of Estonian companies and the requirement to have a contact person.

The Commercial Register Act, which enters into force on 1 February 2023, changes the regulation of the registered office address of a legal person and specifies when it is necessary to designate a contact person for the company.Read more

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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 rental 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 rental 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

While working with Estonian company founders, the same business expenses-related questions come up 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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