In this article business owners will learn all needed information to create a new company in Bulgaria. Once you have decided to open a new business is important to choose the best accountant who will suit your needs.

1. Getting started

The first thing you need to know is what will be the type of activity of your new company. Once you
have chosen the type of activity of your company, you should research the market.

2. Choosing your legal form of the company

The second step is to form a company. To open a company in Bulgaria in the legal form LTD or LLC is cheapest and is not necessary to have a residence permit.

Formation of LTD and LLC can be done with a foundation capital of only 2 BGN (about 1 EUR). LTD (EOOD) can be formed with one shereholder. LLC. (OOD) can be formed by one or more shareholders. If a company shall be a shareholder there will be additional expenses for translation and its legalization depending of content of Certificate/s that we will need.

Once you have chosen the legal form of your company you should choose a company name that is not taken. There are some specific requirements for the names of the companies. For more information contact us.

All companies must be registered in the Commercial Register in Bulgaria.
The new companies can be register for one day in the Commercial register. All applications for company registration will be processed until the following working day and same day will be the decision on registration of the company. Only there may be a delay if there is an instruction to remove the irregularities in the documents.

3. Choosing a start date

You can choose when to open your company according to your plans for the realization of your services /
goods. The new companies can be register for one day in the Commercial register. All applications for company registration will be processed until the following working day and same day will be the decision on registration of the company. Only there may be a delay if there is an instruction to remove the irregularities in the documents.

We will need at least 2-3 days to prepare the documents, necessary for the initial company registration. Please, bear in mind that some of them will need notary attestation, apart from signature. There are two possible ways to do get a documents notary attested:
– in Bulgaria;
– abroad

When you choose to come in Bulgaria to verify the documents the only thing that must be done is to go to the nearest notary address and to get the attestation. This option is cheaper than verifying the documents in front of a notary abroad. If you choose it this will be the first time when it will be necessary to come in Bulgaria for not longer than a day.

When you decide to get notary attestation abroad apart from the notary signature and stamp the documents will need also you must get them notary attested and then you must go to the Bulgarian Embassy in your country to verify these documents (Declarations, Power of Attorneys, etc.) by Apostle as later they will need to be legalized in Bulgaria. The procedure abroad is more expensive and takes more time.

4. Tax address

You will need to have the official address for tax administration, which will be visited by the National Revenue Agency authorities in connection with the VAT registration.

If you do not have an office in Bulgaria we can offer this service. For more information contact us.

5. Starting a new company

You can start work after your company is registered in the Commercial Register.

6. Opening a bank account

As for the bank account it is obligatory to have bank account in Bulgarian currency. In Bulgaria we could help you to open bank account, if you provide us Power of Attorney. This bank account(s) must be on the name of your Bulgarian company.

Each new company has to open a bank account in Bulgaria so that the company could receive the payments from its clients and make payments to the suppliers and national tax agencies such as National Revenue Agency (NRA) etc.

Then you can choose between two possible ways to open company’s bank account.
– With our assistance for which we will need Power of Attorney
– Personally

We could help you to open bank account without the necessity to come in the country but we could provide you this service only for one particular bank as the have already provided us sample Power of Attorney which when verified by you gives us the rights to provide the service. This bank account(s) must be on the name of your Bulgarian company. Private bank accounts when you want to register company here are not obligatory requirement.

7. Authorization of accounting

Once the company is ready we will need several more Power of Attorneys to be notary attested. The procedure here is the same like with the first documents that need verification (abroad or in Bulgaria). If you choose to complete this procedure in Bulgaria this will be the second and last time that you’ll have to come.

8. VAT registration

In Bulgaria there are two types of VAT registration – mandatory and voluntary. If you plan to trade with European Union countries we recommend you register the company for VAT voluntarily. The VAT registration takes 14 working days.

9. Monthly accounting services

Your Accounting Ltd assists with your monthly accounting and bookkeeping needs. Our accounting service entails everything from balance statements, payroll services, free consultations and tax planning for your business. We have answers for everything your questions.

10. Financial year – closing

The financial year in Bulgaria for the period from 01/01 to 31/12. If you register your company in December your financial year will be only for the period of December.

In Bulgaria it is not possible to have a financial year for the period of 13 months.

The corporate tax return declarations must be filed no later than 31 March of the year following the tax year and should be delivered to the NRA office where the taxable entity is registered.

The annual corporate income tax must be paid no later than 31 March of the year following the tax year.

Company registration

The registration of a new company takes 1 to 4 days – this includes preparing the necessary documents for submission to the Commercial Register.

VAT registration

VAT registration is a free service like yours documents can be submitted online.
The deadline for registration of VAT company takes 14 working days from the date of the application for registration.

Deadline for submission of monthly VAT return – submission of monthly VAT return is 14 th including the month following the tax period to which it relates.

Publication of Annual Financial Statements

The financial statements should be filed to the Bulgarian Trade Registry also and this is obligatory to all companies.

The deadline for this is:
1. for sole traders – 31 May;
2. for limited liability companies – 30 June;
3. and all other traders within the meaning of the Commerce Act – within 31st July.

Representative expenses

It is important that these expenses should be connected to the popularization of the activity of the company.
The tax rate of these expenses is 10% of their value. The sum should be paid and declared once after the end of the financial year.

The payment of taxes ( how is it paid and how )

The corporate tax is paid once at the end of the financial year which is March 31st. The rate of the corporate tax is 10% charged on the amount of your annual profit. About how the payment of the taxes happens – almost all of our customers provide us passive access to their online banking. This means that we receive special user name and password for accounting needs so that we could upload the payment orders in the online banking and the customers just to approve them.

Insurance ( for the people involved in the company )

There is no limit according to the Bulgarian legislation about the number of the employees that a company must have. For example you could work only by yourself as manager of the company or you could either have 10 or more employees – it depends on you. As for the insurances rate – in Bulgaria each job position that you want to assign staff to, have a minimum wage. This amount is individual for each job position and it is linked to the activity of your company and your vision for the amount of the employees’ salaries. On the amount of the employees’ salaries you owe insurances. Their rate is 17.8 % on the behalf of the employer. The minimum wage in Bulgaria for 2016 is 420 BGN. The insurances are paid the same way as taxes.

The first stage of this process is the dissolution of the company which could be initiated by passing a resolution by the shareholders for closing the company down. For the purpose of dissolving the company, it is also necessary for the manager of the company to notify the Tax Office of the dissolution process. The Tax office then issues a certificate under art.77 of the Tax Code certifying that the company does not have tax obligations towards the State. The above Certificate should be sent directly by the Tax Office to the Trade Register. It is also necessary for the General Assembly of the shareholders to appoint a liquidator and to determine the deadline for liquidation which could not be less then 6 months. All documents related to the above actions should be presented before the Trade Register. If they are correctly prepared, the Trade Register should change the status of the company from “active company” to a ‘company in process of liquidation”. In the case where there are missing documents or incorrectly prepared documents there is a possibility that the Trade Register will refuse publishing the above circumstance.

As at the time of starting the dissolution process, the company would still be in business relations with third parties and such relations could not be terminated immediately, for the duration of this process the company would still exists as a legal entity. Its commercial activity however could be stopped. Whether the company will be active during the process of its liquidation depends on the decision made by the shareholders (The General Assembly) on the General Meeting. If the shareholders decide so, during the process of its liquidation, the company would not be allowed to participate in any commercial transactions or to sign any commercial contracts. However, they could decide instead that the company shall participate in the commercial transactions. In any event this decision of the General Assembly should be published in the Trade Register.

The dissolution process should be finished within a specified deadline –a minimum of 6 months. In every individual case this deadline is specified by the shareholders in the General Assembly but it is always at least 6 months. The main goal of this time period is for the existing business relations between the company and third parties to be concluded and for the assets and shares to be divided between the shareholders.

After this deadline expires, the second stage of the liquidation process commences, The General Assembly is summoned again and the relevant legal documents for the final liquidation and deleting the company from the Trade Register are prepared. Along with the respective Protocol from the General Assembly’s meeting, the company should present before the Trade register a Certificate from the National Insurance Institute, notifying that the company has no obligations towards the National Insurance Institute ( it actually means that the national insurance of the employees has been paid by the company). The company is also obliged to present before the Trade Registry the specified in the Commercial Code accountancy documents.
Upon receipt of all documents and a satisfactory check, the Trade register would erase the company’s entry from its records.

According to Art. 38, para. 4 of PITA (Law On the Taxation Income of Physical Persons) withholding tax on the income from liquidation shares is determined on the positive difference between the liquidation value of the share and the documented cost of the share in the company – 10 %.

All companies are obliged to submit to National Revenue Agency an Annual Tax Return till 31st March and to declare in Commercial Register an Annual Financial Report till 30 June of the next year, for activity in the previous year. It is advisable to attend to these obligations, because there is a fines for not meeting the deadline between 500 and 3 000 BGN.

At the end of September was upgraded system of the commercial register as the system is already operational. The main difference noticeable at first glance is the ability to trade register is fluent foreigners as the system is an added feature to change the system language and translated into English. This will greatly facilitate foreign company owners and natural persons who now easier can check and search the site

Accounting Services Bulgaria

Accounting Services Bulgaria