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Guide to Start a Business in Ukraine

Staff Reporter | 4:21 AM |

Formal registration of companies has many immediate benefits for the companies and for business owners and employees. Legal entities can outlive their founders. Resources are pooled as several shareholders join forces to start a company. Formally registered companies have access to services and institutions from courts to banks as well as to new markets. And their employees can benefit from protections provided by the law. An additional benefit comes with limited liability companies. These limit the financial liability of company owners to their investments, so personal assets of the owners are not put at risk. Where governments make registration easy, more entrepreneurs start businesses in the formal sector, creating more good jobs and generating more revenue for the government.


Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Ukraine. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with up to 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.

This information was collected from World Bank: Doing Business 
No.ProcedureTime to CompleteAssociated Costs
1Pay registration fee at the bank1 daynominal
2Register at the Registration Office5 daysUAH 170
3Register at the State Statistics Committee1 dayUAH 25.94
4Register VAT at the State Tax Authority and obtain a VAT number10 daysUAH 17
5Prepare a seal2 daysUAH 190-250, depending on the complexity of a seal
6Open a permanent bank account1 daybank’s charge or no charge
7Notify the District Tax Inspectorate of the opening of the permanent bank account2 daysno charge