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Guide to Starting Business in Latvia

Staff Reporter | 4:49 PM |

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 Latvia. 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
1Complete signatories’ cards and companies deeds, certify cards by a notary1 dayLVL 18
2Open a bank account and get a receipt of reference from the bank1 dayLVL 5
3Register at the Commercial Registry and register with State Revenue Service (tax authority) for VAT13 daysLVL 124
4Register employees for mandatory state social insurance contribution with the State Revenue Service1 dayno charge