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Company in Italy, Business in Italy

Complicated law requires multiplication of documents. Market entry became pretty expensive, what is essential in case of small companies. One can only hope that clerks will not find out newer reasons for not letting to start an activity.

Company’s establishment is a real ordeal and even the Italian authorities know that. That is why they have created so called “Sportello Unico”, points in which a person can handle all the formalities. Those points take care of documents (permits, licenses, certificates), they offer legal help, fill in the forms, inform about changes in law and about other supporting activities.

When opening a company it is better to hire law offices – their employees have access to Internet sites with electronic applications, what makes a registration easier. The fee depends on time spent on registration.

The most popular form of activity is ltd. Minimal capital is 10 000 Euro. Each company must be registered in the Trade Register, kept by the Trade Chamber. Sending an application must be done via Internet or on the electronic data carrier, with electronic signature. In order to do it, one needs card (issued by Trade Chambers), which enables to make an electronic signature. The sole traders do not have to register in electronic way, they only register in Commercial and Administrative Register (REA).

Notary, lawyer, tax advisor or trade advisor, doctor, engineer – according to the Italian law these are the “intellectual jobs”. Everyone who wishes to render such services must be member of the relevant Council or Chamber. The registration in Trade Chamber is also obligatory.


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