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Guide to Start a Business in Tunisia

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 Tunisia. 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
1Deposit capital in a bank opened in the name of the company to be incorporated1 dayno charge
2Register the Articles of Association with the tax administration in Guichet Unique (API) desk and obtain a certificate attesting that a declaration has been filed1 dayTND 100
3File declaration of existence with the Tax Control Desk (Contrôle des Impôts) and obtain carte d’identification fiscale1 dayno charge
4Deposit documents at the Greffe du Tribunal1 dayTND 15
5Advertise in the Official Gazette (JORT) with the Government Printing Office7 daysTND 100
* 6Register with the Registre du Commerce at the Greffe du Tribunal1 day (simultaneous with procedure 5)TND 5 per excerpt, 3 excerpts are needed
* 7Register for social security1 day (simultaneous with procedure 5)TND 5
* 8Get inspected by the National Social Security Fund (CNSS)1 day (simultaneous with procedure 5)no charge
* 9File a declaration with the labor inspectorate1 day (simultaneous with procedure 5)no charge
* 10Make company seal1 day (simultaneous with procedure 5)TND 5
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.
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