Costa Rica is an attractive country for foreign investors who wish to establish their business in Central America.
Its stable economy, favorable fiscal environment and location, as well as business-friendly policies have made it an attractive place to register a business.
Advantages of registering a business in Costa Rica:
- Ease of doing business.
- Strategic geographical location.
- Stable economy.
- Diversity of sectors.
- Support of foreign investors.
Business registration procedures:
In order to register a business in Costa Rica, certain procedures and rules must be followed. Here are the steps to follow:
- Choice of the organizational and legal form of business:
sole proprietorship proprietorship ) or a legal entity ( legal entity ), such as a limited company ( limited liability company ) or joint-stock company ( joint-stock company ). Each form has its own characteristics and legal requirements.
- Name search and registration:
Your business name must be unique, otherwise, you will need to make changes to avoid conflicts with other businesses. After choosing a name, you will need to register it with the Ministry of Economy.
- Preparation of the company charter.
- Registration in the Department of Corporate Services:
After preparing the company charter and determining its structure, you need to contact the Department of Corporate Services of Costa Rica ( Department of Corporate Services ) to register your company.
- Obtaining a tax number:
After registering your company with the Department of Corporate Services, you need to register your company with the National Directorate of Taxes ( National Taxation Directorate ) to obtain a tax number ( Tax Identification Number, TIN).
This number is mandatory for conducting business operations and paying taxes.
- Bank account and authorized capital:
After receiving the tax number, you must open a bank account for your company in one of the commercial banks in Costa Rica. You also need to add information about your company’s capital and share distribution to the articles of association.
- Requirements for the director:
Costa Rica has specific requirements for a company director, who may be a foreigner. One of the important requirements is the mandatory presence of a legal representative or resident of Costa Rica in the management of the company.
As a law firm, we provide director services and thereby ensure compliance with Costa Rican law.
- Minimum capital:
The cost of registering a company in Costa Rica can vary depending on the type of company, the capital charter and other factors. The minimum capital required to establish a company can be nominal and usually does not have to be paid at the time of registration.
However, keep in mind that capital may vary depending on your company’s legal form and business plans.
- Time of registration:
The time to register a business in Costa Rica can take from several weeks to several months, depending on the complexity of the procedures and compliance with all necessary documents and requirements. Obtaining a tax number and opening a bank account can take some time, so it is recommended to start the registration process in advance.
Registering a business in Costa Rica can be a profitable solution for foreign entrepreneurs, as the country offers a favorable fiscal environment and various opportunities for business development.
Registration procedures, although they take some time and effort, can be completed without undue complexity with proper guidance and support from the qualified lawyers of Prykhodko and Partners.