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Considerations when setting up a business entity in the EU

We are here to support you with the implications of the new trade agreement for you and your business

Many businesses are considering setting up a legal entity in the EU. If you trade in Europe, you may be considering setting up an entity within the EU.

Should my business set up an entity in the EU?

Here are some factors to consider when setting up a legal entity and, as always, help is available from the Mercer & Hole team.

  • Ease of setting up a legal entity, this varies from country to country
  • Ease of reporting, again this will vary
  • Tax system and tax rates and its integration with the UK’s impacts of double tax treaties
  • Legal requirements – do you need a local director?
  • Location of customers and supply chain
  • Language and culture
  • Locality employment needs
  • The local VAT and duty rules and regulations
  • Time difference in locality and will this interfere with regular communication?
  • If or how the pandemic has impacted your business plan?
  • The rules of European Companies in each country of consideration

We have put together a guide as an example of some of the countries commonly used by UK businesses. Please download the useful table here.

How do I set up an entity within the EU?

Through Mercer & Hole’s membership in TIAG and TAG Alliances, our team can offer clients comprehensive and multidisciplinary solutions to address the various challenges presented by Brexit. Mercer & Hole have close relationships with independent member firms in Ireland, The Netherlands, Malta, Cyprus, and 100 other countries around the world.

If you are interested in learning more about how Mercer & Hole can assist with your cross-border needs related to Brexit, please contact Ross Lane or Mark Pashley

Mercer & Hole is a member of TIAG® (The International Accounting Group), a global alliance of independent accounting firms offering a full range of accounting services to clients all over the world, and a division of TAG Alliances®. TIAG members are carefully selected for membership based on professional competence, commitment to client service, reputation within the business community, and recommendations from existing members. TIAG members are highly respected, value-driven accounting firms with local market knowledge and expertise.

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