Summary Of Services

1. Business Registration / Incorporation

2. Individual Entrepreneur (Sole Trader / Freelancer) Registration

3. Virtual Zone Company (IT Companies, 5% Tax)

4. Corporate / Business Bank Account Opening

5. Virtual Address / Virtual Office

6. High Net Worth (Tax Residency) Applications

7. Other Legal Services (inc. legal by the hour, contract drafting, legal translation)

8. Accountancy

9. Residency Applications

10. Real Estate Law / Purchase / Conveyancing

11. Premium Consultations By The Hour (Opens in new tab). To cover any of the above topics. Live bookable calendar.

Note: where services can be offered remotely (clients outside Georgia), the surcharge on listed prices is typically up to 50% due to the additional work required.

Prices Exclude VAT (18%) - But VAT is NOT always due. Learn more here.

Legal Services

All services payable in Georgian Lari (GEL). ~USD pricing is for information only.

Open Your Business (LLC) In Georgia

Get a flat tax rate of 15% Corporate, 5% on dividends & 20% local salaries (withholding) by opening your company in Georgia.

Our complete business (LLC) registration service will get you set up quickly and professionally. Avoid translation problems, we'll help you easily navigate the pitfalls of Georgian law to complete your business registration without potential legal headaches in the future.

We include a customized, dual language charter (articles of association) to suit your needs, which is required to register with Georgian authorities. Read more about Georgian LLCs here.

FAQs

How much capital do I need?

For most business types, there's no minimum capital requirement in Georgia.

How long does it take to register a business?

In most cases, the whole process takes 2-3 business days and involves a visit to our offices, followed by a visit to the Public Service Hall and the Revenue Service, where you're accompanied by our specialist.

Do I have to renew the registration annually?

No. Business registration in Georgia is indefinite and there are no annual renewal fees or procedures.

What documents do I need to register?

business name, phone number, email address and your original passports for all company directors (or power of attorney and notarized passport copies).
You will also need a legal address that is property you own, or a representative with a legal address. (You can use our virtual address service below if you don't own property).

Everything else you need, including custom charters, is arranged by us on your behalf, including your revenue service registration.

Are there any hidden fees?

No. Our fee includes everything to get you started, assuming you have a permanent legal address in Georgia to register the business at. If not, check out our virtual address service below.

Note: Remote applications rather than those made in person can incur higher fees, see below. You will also require a power of attorney and apostilled passport copy for each company director, at own expense. Physical copies of these must be sent to us.

Remote Registration Costs?


If you are based outside Georgia and will not attend registration in person:

Principal Registration Fee (Single Director): 1,500 GEL
PoA Fee For Principal Director: 750 GEL*
PoA Fee & Charter Fee (Each Additional Director/Shareholder): 600 GEL

* This includes the initial PoA for company registration and a second PoA once the LLC is registered, so we can represent the LLC for tax registration and other matters. This also includes our Georgian PoA in English and translation/notarization of completed PoA from English to Georgian. Does not include translation/apostille fees in your country, or delivery fee to send us apostilled documents.

Monthly Accounting: From 450 GEL + VAT (18%)
- To fulfil your monthly filing requirements.

Become An Individual Entrepreneur In Georgia

If you intend on running a company where you are the sole proprietor, the individual entrepreneur with small business status in Georgia affords incredible tax benefits. Pay 1% tax on turnover up to a max annual turnover of 500,000 GEL. Monthly turnover declarations are mandatory, as well as reverse VAT & Withholding (if applicable).

Our complete service will get you set up quickly and professionally. Avoid translation problems, we'll help you easily navigate the pitfalls of Georgian law to complete your business registration without potential legal headaches in the future.

Read more about individual entrepreneur & small business status in Georgia.

FAQs

What Documents Do I need To Register?

business name, phone number, email address and your passport.
You will also need a legal address that is property you own, or a representative with a legal address. (You can use our virtual address service below if you don't own property).

Everything else you need is arranged by us on your behalf, including your revenue service registration.

How long does it take to register a business?

In most cases, the whole process takes 2-3 business days and involves a visit to our offices, followed by a visit to the Public Service Hall and the Revenue Service, where you're accompanied by our specialist.

Do I have to renew the registration annually?

No. Business registration in Georgia is indefinite and there are no annual renewal fees or procedures.

What tax rate will I pay?

If your annual turnover will be under 30,000 GEL ($10,000 USD) per year the rate is 0% and you file taxes annually.

From 30,000 to 500,000 GEL (~$160,000 USD) it is 1% of turnover, with monthly tax filing (check our accountancy packages below).

Over 500,000 GEL the tax on turnover is 3% for the first year. If your turnover exceeds the 500,000 GEL threshold consecutively for 2 years, you lose your small business status tax rate.

VAT registration is essential if you will make VATable turnover of over 100,000 GEL. We can help with this. VAT is 18%.

Reverse-VAT and withholding taxes may apply on international expenses, contractors and employees.

What are the fees for remote applications?

You will need to get your passport and the Power of Attorney (PoA) apostilled. If you cannot get our PoA apostilled in English, you will need to organise translation services where you are. Documents must come to us in English (or Georgian)

The below prices include all relevant remote application surcharges.

- Drafting of English Language PoA: 300 GEL
- Apostilled Passport & PoA, plus mailing to Tbilisi: Own Expense
- Certified translation of POA & passport to Georgian: 250 GEL
- Notarization of translated documents - 300 GEL
- Individual Entrepreneur Registration - 250 GEL
- Small Business Status Registration (1% Tax Status) - 300 GEL

Our Total Fee: 1,400 GEL

Payable by bank transfer. VAT is not applicable for remote applications.

Are there any additional fees?

Our fee includes everything to get you started, assuming you have a permanent legal address in Georgia to register the business at. If not, check out our virtual address service below.

If you need the application completed in a hurry, our express service incurs an additional 200 GEL fee.

Note: Remote applications rather than those made in person can incur higher fees, normally about 50%. You will also require a power of attorney and apostille passport copy, at own expense. Those physical documents must be sent to us by mail.

Virtual Zone Company Registration

IT companies which do not have income derived within Georgia may qualify for the Georgian Virtual Zone. The best way to find out is to book a consultation.

First, open your business in Georgia, then apply for the virtual zone certificate. Achieve a total combined (company & personal) tax leakage of just 5%:

FAQs

What qualifies as an IT company?

According to the Georgian legislation, the company's activities must result in the creation of software products, where the creation process takes place within the territory of Georgia. This includes SaaS (software-as-service) businesses and web development firms, but also any other business models where there's a clear product, and where development work is carried out in Georgia.

It should be clear at the time of application that the majority of your business is software based. This can change after the application is approved but your tax level may differ on new parts of your business that cannot be shown to be software based.

Because the criteria is complex, we work with you to make sure your structure will get approved.

How long does it take to obtain the VZ certificate?

While the government's official timeline is up to 10 business days, in practice VZ applications tend to take anywhere from 30-60 days, depending on how much additional follow-up is deemed necessary.

Do I need VZ registration before I start my business?

No. You can start your business activities from the moment you obtain your LLC registration, and follow up with a VZ registration at a later date. We recommend starting the process 90 days before the end of your financial year at the latest.

Can I operate my VZ company from abroad?

Can you remotely manage the company from abroad? Yes.

But can your business be based abroad? No. For MFA to grant the VZ certificate, you will need to demonstrate that some work is being done within the territory of Georgia.

The approval process is very nuanced. You can read a little more about the VZ here

Do I have to renew the registration annually?

No.

Corporate / Business Bank Account Opening

For foreigners to open a corporate/business bank account in Georgia requires proving certain things about your business. Making mistakes in the initial application can lead to being declined.

Our experience with the quirks of Georgian banking will help you get approved first time.

Note: Remote applications rather than those made in-person can incur higher fees, normally about 50%. You will also require a power of attorney and apostille passport copy, at own expense. It should be noted that remote opening of business accounts has become increasingly tricky and banks often reject the applications. Personal account opening is a bit easier. We will discuss your options before charging for this service. Read more about bank account options in Georgia here.

The price for this service will depend on our assessment of how difficult your application will be. Get a consultation first and then we can quote you our estimate.

FAQs

Why Do Bank Account Openings Typically Fail?

If the bank doesn't clearly understand your business model and income sources, they may flag your application as suspicious.
If your business income will arrive mostly in foreign currency, not Georgian (GEL) this is also sometimes considered suspicious. However the overall nuances of the bank's decision are more complicated than this, which is why having a lawyer help you through each individual case really helps.

How long does it take to open an account?

Typically between 2 and 7 days, depending on the back office at the bank and on the complexity of your business structure.

Can you guarantee a successful account opening?

Not 100%. Anyone who tells you they can make a 100% guarantee is exaggerating. But we are extremely knowledgeable about spotting red flags and then removing them before making applications.

What if my application fails?

In the unlikely event that your application fails, we will reassess the application and try again at one of the other major banks in Georgia, at no extra charge.
NOTE: In a situation where we advise your application has a high chance of failure but you choose to proceed anyway, we do not offer the second submission free of charge.

What about personal bank accounts?

These are relatively easy to open in person (depending on your passport country), but if you need help with this process please contact us or ask about it during your consultation.

Virtual Address / Virtual Office

From ₾350 GEL + VAT Per Year

A virtual address is a legal address which you can use for your business registration in Georgia. It is a mandatory legal requirement to have a legal address, and the owner of that address must sign an agreement that you can use their address. We do this on your behalf when you use our legal address.

Our virtual office service can be a reception and delivery address, a collection point and place for office services, like printing and mail forwarding. Whereas, the virtual address cannot be used for anything apart from the legal process and associated notices from government agencies.

Why can't I use my rental address?

The Georgian government needs a way to keep track of businesses in Georgia. With a temporary address, it would be too easy for people to open a business and then disappear.

I already opened a business, can I switch to your address?

Yes. Please request a consultation and we can assess your current business setup and then in most cases we can approve you and help you change to our address. Depending on the business there might be a small admin fee for us taking over your account, we'll let you know before starting the process.

High Net Worth Individual Tax Residency Program

The High Net Worth Program is a unique option to become a personal tax resident of Georgia without having to meet the standard 183 day physical presence requirement - you might not even have to visit Georgia at all. Being a tax resident in Georgia can help you get a more favorable tax situation and shield you from taxes elsewhere.

The process to qualify can be tricky. Our service takes the stress and confusion out of it to get you the result you want with minimal complications. Not sure if the High Net Worth program is right for you, read our article first.

FAQs

How Do I Qualify? Can this be done remotely? Do I need a Georgian Business?

Yes, you don't ever have to come to Georgia to apply but the process can be a little simpler if you do. You may or may not need a Georgian business, depending on your unique situation.

The basic criteria for qualification:

- A natural person (individual) whose proven property exceeds 3 million GEL

- OR their annual income for the last 3 years exceeds 200,000 GEL.

In addition you must either:

- Have a Georgian legal residence permit OR Georgian resident ID card.

- OR Certify that you receive income of 25,000 GEL or more during the tax year from a source in Georgia.

If you do not have legal residence in Georgia, and don’t intend to get it, we can discuss options for meeting the 25,000 GEL Georgian income requirement instead.

Read more about the criteria for qualification, and other considerations, here.

How Long Does The Application Process Take? When Should I Apply?

This depends entirely on what documents and other important steps need to be organised for your individual case. If you already have all your supporting material ready, then the actual application is possible within 10 working days.

If you need to organise a legal residence permit, business registration, bank account etc. then the preparation time for all these elements must also be factored in. All in all, this could take up to 60 days if we are starting from scratch and everything is done remotely.

For this reason, we suggest starting the process for any given tax year by late October of that tax year. All applications must be completed and authorized by the Revenue Service no later than December 31st of the tax year you wish to qualify for.

The earliest you can begin an application for any given tax year is January, though some documents can be organized in advance.

When Do I Need To Renew My HNWI Status? Can You Renew For Me?

Every tax year. The renewal must be completed before Dec 31st. You must have continued to meet the income requirements, as listed previously, in order to qualify for renewal. Yes, of course we can handle your renewal. The renewal process is typically simpler than the first application and we will provide you a new price estimate based on your requirements.

Are There Any additional Fees?

Any documentation (such as power of attorney and passport apostille) that need to be completed in your home country, are at your own expense.

We keep our fees transparent and we’ll give you a final estimate for your specific case once we have completed your initial consultation.

Any additional service that are not included in our estimate will be at your own expense. This may include, but is not limited to, your legal residence application (if preferred).

The price of annual renewal is not included in the original fee. We'll re-quote you for each renewal.

Other Legal Services

Custom Business Structures

Looking to register a business that is a little bit outside the box? If your business and tax structure has legal question marks, let our experts navigate Georgian tax law to build you a custom structure that will never leave you exposed.

Discover creative solutions to novel tax problems and let us help you find the best tax outcome possible for your business.

Get a free consultation below and we'll analyze your case and get you a custom price.

Legal By The Hour

None of our other services meet your needs? We offer 1 on 1 legal tax and business advice to help you solve your problems or plan for the future. The rates apply to consultations, legal research, letter writing etc.

As a first time customer your first 30 minutes is free, then we charge per hour, and we are here as long as you need us. For bigger projects we can quote a price on a per project basis. VAT may be added (18%)

₾250 Per Hour - Associate Consultant

(~$75 USD).Typical Topics Covered By An Associate Consultant:

₾500 Per Hour - Senior Tax Attorney

(~$155 USD). Typical Topics Covered By A Senior Tax Attorney:

₾750 Per Hour - Managing Partner

(~$230 USD). Typical Topics Covered By A Managing Partner:

Legal Translation
₾150 Per Hour

(~$45 USD Per Hour). + VAT when applicable.

Georgian to English & English To Georgian.

Your legal documents, translated by our experts. Simply contact us with your documents by email info@expathub.ge and we'll tell you how much the legal translation will cost.


Power of Attorney
₾400

(~$120 USD). + VAT when applicable. Remote surcharge (200 GEL) for PoA remote services.

Georgian + English Bilingual PoA.

Give our lawyers the power to represent you in Georgia for business registrations, property purchase, administrative, banking and many other legal matters. Our power of attorney service includes up to 2 PoA documents and 2 notarised and translated copies of your passport. We cover all local fees, book the notary and accompany you there, or process the documents on your behalf (if requesting remotely).

We draft the necessary PoA which can be translated locally by the notary, or internationally by a notary wherever you are, and then mailed to us. Bring your original passport to the appointment, or send us an apostille copy of your passport.

Our fee covers local documents only. Some of our remote packages include the PoA fee already.

Contract Drafting
₾Varies

Our team specialises in drafting accurate bilingual contracts (English+Georgian). All our contracts comply fully with the relevant Georgian laws.

Employment contracts, service agreements, rental agreements, pre-purchase/purchase agreements and more.

Standard Contracts 500 GEL + VAT

For standard contracts for which we already have a template, the price includes:

*Additional Copies ₾200 GEL + VAT. Includes the insertion of custom data.

Custom Contract Drafting

250 GEL + VAT Per Hour (All Legal Work) 

& 150 GEL + VAT Per Hour For Legal Translation

Need a custom contract from scratch? We can draft your contract in English or Georgian, for your review, at our standard legal rate. Then full legal translation to either English or Georgian at our standard translation rate.

Accountancy Services

Monthly Accounting Packages
From ₾150 GEL Per Month

(~$45 USD). + VAT

We have accounting packages for every level of business. From freelancers and startups, to international corporations. From seasoned business professionals to first time remote workers.

Most Georgian business types are required to file monthly. Our accountants will ensure every detail of your accounts is handled to keep you 100% legal.

Custom Accounting
From ₾125 GEL Per Hour

(~$35 USD). +VAT

Additional hours for our pay monthly clients: ₾125 GEL + VAT per hour.

Standard rate for non-monthly clients: ₾250 GEL + VAT Per Hour

Annual Filing Packages: From ₾400 GEL + VAT. Our monthly package clients get a ₾100 GEL discount. Read more about annual filing requirements and pricing here.

Need help, or want to book your hourly accounting services? Click the button below.

RS Quick Start & VAT Registration Service
₾300

(~$90 USD). + VAT when applicable. 

When your business is first registered with the Revenue Service (RS) you will have a number of responsibilities to complete before you can file your first tax return.

This process can be confusing and with very poor English translations on the RS portal. In most cases, completing the initial setup incorrectly could lead to a number of problems, including ending up with the incorrect tax rate on some of your business activities and/or tax refunds not being issued to you correctly.

Residency Services

Become A Resident Of Georgia

Our in house team will handle your residency application.

Work Permit

Apply on the basis of employment or entrepreneurial activity in Georgia (Employment contract, or owner of LLC or Individual entrepreneur status)

The company you work for must have at least 50,000 GEL in turnover in the last 12 months per foreigner in the company.

Residence Permit Based On Property Purchase

Get residency based on ownership of property valued at $100,000 USD or more. Residency for family (spouse & dependants) can be included the application. 600 GEL per additional family member beyond the principal applicant. If applying for 4 or more family members, an additional discount may be possible.

Family Reunification

Your spouse or dependant (minor) can sponsor you, or be sponsored by you if possessing a Georgian residence card or citizenship. Apostilled birth certificate / marriage certificate, is required. The price is 1,100 GEL for the principal applicant and 600 GEL for all additional family members.

Student Residency

You must have a letter of enrollment from an accredited educational institution in Georgia. Student residency service is discounted by 200 GEL.

Will you qualify for these types of residency? Read our residency article to understand the complete requirements.

FAQs

Do I have to be in Georgia to apply?

For first time residency applications you have to be in Georgia and your current permit/visa has to have at least 40 days of validity left before you apply. If you are making a permit renewal, this can be done online from outside Georgia.

Are there any additional fees?

+ 200 GEL Rush fee if your application must be submitted in less than 5 business days from agreeing to engage us.

Once we have all your information after the free consultation, we'll be able to tell you if there are any additional fees beyond the standard pricing.

Can you organise family reunification residency permits?

Yes. If you are interested in this service, please book the free consultation and we can provide a price based on your exact needs.
Typically the price is the same as work residence, for the principal applicant, and then discounted for each additional applicant.

Real Estate Services

Real Estate Legal & Buy-Side Services

By the hour ₾250 GEL. Packages from ₾750 GEL. 
+ VAT when applicable. 

From due diligence relating to purchase contracts, public registry, reputation of the seller etc. through to full buy-side purchasing where we can help you from initial property research all the way to after-sale care with rental assistance, property tax and more.

Our full list of packages and services can be found in detail on our Real Estate Services page.

International Standard, Local Pricing

Why ExpatHub?


Opening a business in a new country is confusing. We know because we faced all the same challenges you will, when we first moved here. But we solved those challenges and hired a team of expert, bilingual accountants and lawyers to help your business move to Georgia, easier than ever before.

One-Stop-Shop

All Your Tax & Accountancy Needs Solved In One Place

ONLY English-Speaking Staff

Native English Speaking, Or Fluent Bilingual. Your Business Needs Will Never Be Lost In Translation.

No “Tourist Tax”

Fair, Transparent Pricing For Foreigners.

International Standards

We Bring An International Level Of Service, Logic, Resourcefulness, Confidentiality & Data Protection To Georgian Tax Law. 

Honest, Fact Checked Advice

We Provide Creative, Tailored Solutions Which Will Never Leave You Exposed.

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Contact


Get in touch to discuss all your tax and accountancy needs in Georgia, whether you are based here, or abroad.

Location

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Vake, Tbilisi

9 Dariali Turn, Vake, Tbilisi 0179

T: +995 511 13 99 29

E: info@expathub.ge

Mon - Thur: 10:00 - 17:00

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