Any foreign company wanting to establish a presence in Ireland can do so by opening a virtual office or a liaison office. Compared to the Irish virtual office which does not require the presence of a company representative, the liaison or the representative office will be used as a communication channel between the parent company and clients, suppliers and partners in Ireland. The liaison office is not very common in Ireland mainly because its activities are restricted to promoting and presenting the parent company’s products or services. Representative offices may not undertake any commercial activity on behalf of the foreign company. The Irish representative office of a company will not be allowed to sing any contract or issue any invoice either.
Considering the representative office will not conduct any commercial activity, it is not required to pay any taxes in Ireland. However, it must be registered with the Companies Registration Office in Ireland. Our consultants in company formation in Ireland may help you set up a representative office or any other type of company. The registration procedure for a representative office is mainly the same as for any other type of Irish company and must have an Irish business name and a legal address. Registering an Irish representative office does not take very much if all the required documents are properly prepared.
The following documents are required when registering a representative office in Ireland:
Also, the foreign company must appoint an Irish resident to represent the company and act as a contact point between the representative office and the authorities. The company representative must be appointed by power of attorney. A representative office is not required to submit any annual financial statements with the Irish tax authorities.
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