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Starting a business in Bulgaria : Guide

Staff Reporter | 11:59 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 Bulgaria. 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
1Execute the minutes of the constituent meeting of the shareholders in the ODD; obtain a notary certified statement of consent and signature specimen of the manager, and a certified copy of the articles of incorporation of the ODD.1 day (30 min.)BGN 5
2Deposit paid-up capital in a bank1-2 daysBGN 10 -30 BGN (depending on the bank)
3Register with the Commercial Register at the Registry Agency4 daysBGN 80 for electronic registratiion and BGN 110 for hard copy application
4Register for VAT1 day (filing), about 12 days for final registrationno charge