Question Forming an Estonia OU as non-resident for eCommerce in EU

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Jocus

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I am considering establishing an Estonia OU for eCommerce within EU (not including Estonia).

1) I am personally residing in SEA (Philippines)
2) I have a Dubai FCZO (with personal residence visa)

3) Can my Dubai FZCO establish an Estonian company as non-resident, if not;

4) Can I personally establish an Estonian company as non-resident
- being resident of the Philippines?
- being resident of UAE?

5) Payment Gateways: Can Estonia OU companies sign up with Payment Gateways operating in EU without much hassle?

6) I'd like Stripe, according to their policy for e-residency holder, I have to be resident in a Stripe accepted country (Dubai is accepted, Philipines is not). Stripe doesn't state that owner has to be in the same country as the company (Estonia). Any thoughts?

7) Banks/EMI: Can Estonia OU companies sign up to a brick&mortar bank? If not;

8) Can Estonia OU companies sign up with most EMIs operating in EU without much hassle? Revolut, Wise, Currenxie et al.

9) Do I at any stage need to be physically present in Estonia?

10) Reducing the taxable 20% by paying for invoiced services (programming, SM marketing, CRM, to Dubai FZCO, and other EU based 3rd party entities) not a problem with proper and consistent invoicing, incl signed Service Agreements in place?

11) I'm aware of the fact that there's plenty of (regular and often) accounting to do, that is not a problem.

12) Do you need / can you get Service, Business, Registered offices addresses? I read it is possible with a Local office representation through their "e-Residency marketplace"

13) Need to obtain a Business License for e-commerce?

- Anything else I need to consider?

Anyone out there who has actually done it, and have a similar setup? Is it recommendable?
 

marzio

Entrepreneur
Estonian companies are always resident in Estonia, there's no such thing as Estonian non-resident company.

If you are looking for a EU non resident company try Cyprus.
 

Jocus

Mentor Group Gold
Thank you for your reply.

Ok, so for the e-residency in Estonia, I suppose that can only be an individual in that case? Is there anything that is given in my initial thread that would make it impossible for me to become an e-resident in Estonia?
 

Forte

Mentor Group Gold
For e-residency, you need to be an individual. There are a lot of companies that provide services for e-residents, you should consult with them, their consulting is not expensive.
 

Don

Entrepreneur
Estonian companies are always resident in Estonia, there's no such thing as Estonian non-resident company.

If you are looking for a EU non resident company try Cyprus.
This option might not last too long...
Cyprus is adopting an additional test for the determination of corporate tax residency based on the incorporation principle:
 

Don

Entrepreneur
I am considering establishing an Estonia OU for eCommerce within EU (not including Estonia).

1) I am personally residing in SEA (Philippines)
2) I have a Dubai FCZO (with personal residence visa)

3) Can my Dubai FZCO establish an Estonian company as non-resident, if not; - no

4) Can I personally establish an Estonian company as non-resident
- being resident of the Philippines? yes
- being resident of UAE? yes

5) Payment Gateways: Can Estonia OU companies sign up with Payment Gateways operating in EU without much hassle? yes, if you have some substance

6) I'd like Stripe, according to their policy for e-residency holder, I have to be resident in a Stripe accepted country (Dubai is accepted, Philipines is not). Stripe doesn't state that owner has to be in the same country as the company (Estonia). Any thoughts? no problems with substance

7) Banks/EMI: Can Estonia OU companies sign up to a brick&mortar bank? If not; yes, if you have some substance

8) Can Estonia OU companies sign up with most EMIs operating in EU without much hassle? Revolut, Wise, Currenxie et al. yes, if you have some substance (some work even with almost no substance)

9) Do I at any stage need to be physically present in Estonia? no

10) Reducing the taxable 20% by paying for invoiced services (programming, SM marketing, CRM, to Dubai FZCO, and other EU based 3rd party entities) not a problem with proper and consistent invoicing, incl signed Service Agreements in place? tax is only payable when you distribute dividends anyway, so 0% tax on undistributed profits

11) I'm aware of the fact that there's plenty of (regular and often) accounting to do, that is not a problem. yes, in most cases monthly reporting

12) Do you need / can you get Service, Business, Registered offices addresses? I read it is possible with a Local office representation through their "e-Residency marketplace" yes

13) Need to obtain a Business License for e-commerce? no

- Anything else I need to consider?

Anyone out there who has actually done it, and have a similar setup? Is it recommendable?
Yes, you can do that. However, I would not advise setting up anything with zero substance. You'll have problems with banking and eventually with tax officers.
 

Jocus

Mentor Group Gold
Thanks for all input - highly appreciated. I've found a service provider for the entire process (personal recommendation), and, amongst others, I don't need e-residency to establish and run a company in Estonia as a non-resident.
 

Don

Entrepreneur
Thanks for all input - highly appreciated. I've found a service provider for the entire process (personal recommendation), and, amongst others, I don't need e-residency to establish and run a company in Estonia as a non-resident.
Yes, it's not needed. In fact, you can buy a ready-made company and start immediately. The shares of the company can be transferred even without the notary in certain cases.
 

ITexpert7

New member
Thanks for all input - highly appreciated. I've found a service provider for the entire process (personal recommendation), and, amongst others, I don't need e-residency to establish and run a company in Estonia as a non-resident.
How much is the Corporation tax (and any dividend withholding tax) for an Estonian company set up like you want to do?
 

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