There is no need to wait for the incorporation of a ready-made company in Serbia
, as this structure is already registered with the Serbian authorities. However, the ownership transfer might take a few days, in order for all the documents to be assigned to the new proprietors of the company before it goes on the market. Please feel free to talk o our advisors and check the requirements for purchasing a shelf company in Serbia
. Our team can also help you register the company for VAT
Company due diligence in Serbia
Even though ready-made companies present confidence in front of buyers, there are cases in which a potential vintage company owner might ask for company due diligence and a series of verifications that come with such measure. A company due diligence procedure offers an accurate report that can reveal if there are any issues or hidden problems. The company background is verified with this kind of procedure, while the risks and advantages are taken into account. Vintage companies are only registered and have no activities, and therefore no debts or liabilities. So, in most cases, a company due diligence will only reveal this kind of report. However, such practice might come to the attention of entrepreneurs who want to buy a shelf company in Serbia. If you believe that a company due diligence process will provide you extra protection prior to the acquisition of a shelf company, you can talk to our company formation specialists in Serbia and ask for assistance.
Sectors in which a shelf company can activate
can activate in all sectors of interest in Serbia, except the ones where state restrictions are imposed. A shelf company
can be bought by entrepreneurs interested in activating in the manufacturing sector, tourism, business management, insurance, finance, FMCG, and many more. Being an already registered company, the activities can start quite fast, as soon as the ownership transfer is concluded. Foreign entrepreneurs who decided on the type of activity for entering the business market in Serbia can speak to one of our company formation specialists. We can provide complete assistance and guidance for all the formalities involved in company registration in Serbia
as we work closely with the authorities in charge of company incorporation.
Tax registration for shelf companies in Serbia
The registration for taxation of a shelf company in Serbia can be made as soon as the ownership transfer is made. All companies with activities in Serbia must pay taxes on the profits, therefore, whether you want to create a company or buy a ready-made one, the registration is mandatory. The VAT and the corporate income tax are the most important taxes in Serbia, but for more details in this matter, you are invited to talk to our specialists.
FAQ about shelf companies in Serbia
1. Who can buy shelf companies in Serbia?
Shelf companies can be purchased by both local and foreign entrepreneurs in Serbia. There are no restrictions for businessmen in this country, except the ones referring to financial crimes.
2. Are shelf companies mentioned by the Commercial Code in Serbia?
Yes, vintage companies are mentioned by the Commercial Code in Serbia and work under the rules of limited liability companies. Ready-made companies come with many advantages.
3. How long does it take to own a shelf company in Serbia?
The ownership transfer of a shelf company is normally acquired in a couple of days or less. Once the documents are accepted, the procedures can commence.
4. Do shelf companies have liabilities?
No, shelf companies are only registered and have no activities on the market. Having no financial activities means there are no debts involved, so from this point of view, the acquisition is safe.
5. Do I need to register a shelf company for taxation in Serbia?
Yes, the registration for taxation
can be made after the ownership transfer is concluded. Companies in Serbia
must pay taxes imposed on profits.
Investments in Serbia
Serbia hosts a large number of foreign entrepreneurs who already thrive in the country. There is plenty of space for any investor who wants to set up his/her activities in different domains. Plus, the business attributes and advantages in Serbia are quite considered at the time of investments. The country provides a great tax system, infrastructure, a strategic location among European countries, a skilled workforce, a series of bilateral agreements signed, and the protection against the fiscal evasion with the help of the double taxation treaties signed with countries worldwide. Here are some facts and figures about the business and economy of Serbia:
The 2020 Doing Business report ranks Serbia 44th out of 190 economies in the world.
Around USD 44 billion was the total FDI stock for Serbia in 2019.
Around 70% of the foreign investments come from EU countries in Serbia.
About 56% of the greenfield projects registered in Serbia in 2019 was directed to the manufacturing sector.
Serbia has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in Europe, set at 10%.