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Company formation in New Zealand

New Zealand has a corporate tax rate of 28%. Companies that operate under Goods and Services Tax have to pay tax on purchases at 15%. Certain services, like those related to long term accomodation, benefit from a 9% Goods and Services Tax rate.

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Popular company applications

New Zealand corporate structures are mostly used for:

Corporate Registration requirements

Requirements for registering a company in New Zealand include:

Bank account introduction

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Registration timescale

  • It takes two weeks for a new company registration or shelf company transfer, in most cases. However, the set-up or transfer process will take up to 15 business days, if the shareholder of New Zealand company is an overseas corporate entity
  • Goods and Services Tax registration requires up to 1 month in most cases (New Zealand tax authorities may request additional information)
  • For a ready-to-use bank account a minimum of 15-20 days is required. (Account activation is possible only upon receipt of the required information and hand-signed application forms)

    Where do I begin?

    In order to commence incorporation and bank account introduction, we will require certain corporate documents and identification information.
    Please ask us for details.

    Advantages of forming a company in New Zealand

    There are several advantages of forming a company in New Zealand, according to the World Bank report on ease of doing business. Please consider registering a company in New Zealand, especially, if your country of domicile has certain complications (namely political, regulatory or tax-related).

    Fast and straightforward incorporation procedureWell-developed infrastructure
    Low incorporation and maintenance costsFlexible corporate legislation

    New Zealand offers attractive benefits for companies and, depending on the industry, favourable legal structures. Please contact us now.

    Top-choice legal structures

    According to data from the New Zealand Companies Office, the following business structures (legal entities) are the most frequently registered:

    • Public Limited Company
    • Private Company Limited By Shares

    The company formation procedure

    Company formation in New Zealand involves a number of stages of varying complexity and therefore requires professional assistance. The Confidus Solutions team will prepare legal documents, assist with registration and finalise the incorporation procedure.

    Setting up business

    Before your documents can be prepared, you must choose a business type and a name for your company. Confidus Solutions can validate all the relevant information and draft the incorporation documents.

    Registering a legal entity

    In order to register your company, Confidus Solutions will submit all the prepared documents to the New Zealand Companies Office. This procedure will take approximately two weeks.

    Finalisation of company set-up

    As Confidus Solutions takes care of all stages of the company registration process, we will assist with finalising the set-up of your company as well. Usually this includes receiving the incorporation documents and any other additional documents that you may require.

    Company incorporation documents

    When registering a company in New Zealand, you may require the following:

      • Application blank
      • Articles of association
      • Shareholder list
      • Shareholder agreement

    Please note that the required documents can vary on a case-by-case basis.

    Incorporation expenses

    To find out what a basic company incorporation package in New Zealand will cost you, use the form below. If you require a more complex, tax-optimised structure, we can discuss this via our contact form — please ask us for details.

    Summary of incorporation expenses

    Additional expenses may arise if you choose a different legal entity or require a bank account, virtual office or perhaps a website.

    Additional business support

    We offer several additional services for your company. With us, you can purchase a ready-made company in New Zealand. Enquire now!

    Opening a corporate bank account in New Zealand

    Confidus Solutions will act as a banking agent for your corporate bank account in New Zealand.

    Virtual office services for companies in New Zealand

    Your company in New Zealand may not only receive letters, but also phone calls, so instead of renting a registered address with just a post office box, it is much more convenient to rent a virtual office. A virtual office includes a registered company address, a local mailbox, a local phone number and mail and call forwarding.

    Accounting services for New Zealand companies

    In order to operate a business, your company will require a professional accountant to keep records, prepare the payroll, carry out transactions and compile and submit tax reports.

    We also offer company registration packages in New Zealand with accounting services — please ask for more information.

    Online presence

    Finally, a website for the New Zealand market can be added to your company registration package. Various options are available, from an inexpensive, basic website to a comprehensive e-commerce site with full-fledged SEO optimisation.