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Guide to starting a Business in Lithuania

Staff Reporter | 5:00 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 Lithuania. 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
1Open bank account with minimum capital and get a bank certificate proving the availability of the funds; pay the registration fee and obtain the document evidencing the payment1 dayLTL 15
2Obtain a confirmed electronic signature from the Center of Registrer of Certificates1 dayLTL 9.21
3Check and reserve the name of the company (limited liability company)1 dayLTL 56
4Register at the Company Register, including registration with State Tax Inspectorate (the Lithuanian Revenue Authority) for corporate tax, VAT, and State Social Insurance Fund Board (SODRA)1 dayLTL 198
5Complete VAT registration10-15 daysno charge
6Open a settlement bank account (to handle normal commercial transactions)1 dayno charge
7Obtain the official seal of the company2 daysLTL 30-90