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Guide to Starting a Business in Samoa

Staff Reporter | 10:23 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 Samoa. 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
1Register the company with the Commercial Registry; obtain a certificate of incorporation1 dayWST 250 flat registration fee
2Apply for a business license, VAGST and PAYE with the Ministry of Revenue, Inland Revenue Services4 daysWST 500 per license (1 per activity)
3Register with the National Provident Fund (superannuation)1-2 daysno charge
4Register with the Accident Compensation Board1-2 daysno charge