Location Western Europe.
Time Zone Greenwich Mean Time +/- 0.
Population 4,589,000.
Capital Dublin.
Airport Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports.
Language English.
Currency Euro.
Dialing Code +353.
Centre's Expertise Finance, banking, international trusts.
Political System Democratic Republic.
Legal System Statute and common law.
Personal Income Tax Standard rate of income tax at 20% and higher rate at 41%.
Corporate Income Tax 12.5% and 25%.
Exchange Restrictions None.
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Permitted Currencies All major currencies.
Minimum Authorised Capital No minimum requirement.
Minimum Share Issues €1.
Shelf Companies Not available.
Incorporation Time Scale 5–10 working days.
Incorporation Fees €50 - €100.
Annual Fees €20 - €40.
Minimum Number Two.
Residency Requirements Every company must have one EEA resident director or failing that, provide a fund to value of €25,394.76 as a surety with further let out provisions post incorporation.
Corporate Directors Not permitted.
Meetings/Frequency At the discretion and convenience of the directors.
Disclosure Yes.
Bearer Shares Permitted for public companies but restricted.
Minimum Number One.
Public Share Registry Yes.
Meetings Frequency Must hold an annual general meeting.
Annual Return Yes.
Audit Requirements Yes.
Registered Office Yes.
Domicile Issues No.
Company Naming Restrictions Yes.
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