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When does it make sense to set up a GmbH?


A GmbH always makes sense when entrepreneurs want to limit their liability. While sole proprietors are liable with their private assets, the liability of a GmbH is limited to the company's assets. In addition, the legal form of the GmbH generally has a good reputation with banks and other companies. For this reason, it is often chosen as the legal form, as the company appears more trustworthy to the outside world. It is also suitable for investors.

Why GmbH & Co KG and not just GmbH?


The GmbH & Co KG offers certain tax advantages over the GmbH, as profit distributions are taxed at a lower rate. The shareholders can also be integrated more flexibly and less bureaucratically with this legal form than with a pure GmbH.

Why set up a GmbH & Co KG?


The GmbH and Co KG are usually chosen as the legal form in order to limit liability risks. In contrast to the KG, the managing partners (general partners) are no longer liable with their private assets but, as the GmbH acts as the general partner, it is liable exclusively with its company assets. The partners are therefore not liable with their private assets, despite running their company in the legal form of a KG, i.e. a partnership. Another advantage is that the management may be transferred to an external non-shareholder.

Why set up a GmbH?


Founding a GmbH is attractive for entrepreneurs who do not want to jeopardise their private assets. For security purposes, a share capital of EUR 25,000 is paid into a business account when the GmbH is founded, but this may be used in the normal course of business. The GmbH makes sense for founders who have a high level of private assets and want to protect them well. If you want to attract investors, the GmbH is often the most attractive legal form.

Why don't sole proprietorships form a GmbH?


Solo self-employed people often do not have much capital available when setting up a business and therefore often do not choose a GmbH as their legal form. Sole proprietorships are also much quicker and less bureaucratic to set up, and bookkeeping is also less complicated thanks to simple income and expenditure accounting. Since a GmbH often has several shareholders, a sole proprietor is much more self-determined in comparison and can book all the profits for himself.

Why don't sole proprietorships form a GmbH?


The advantage of a sole proprietorship over a GmbH is that no share capital of EUR 25,000 needs to be raised. Other advantages include the fast start-up procedure and the simple bookkeeping that is possible as a sole proprietorship. The sole proprietorship is the ideal legal form for solo self-employed persons without a high liability risk. However, if the necessary share capital is available and the private assets are to be better protected, a sole proprietorship can also opt for a GmbH.

What do I need for a GmbH?


At least one shareholder is required to form a GmbH. This person can also be the managing director. However, the team of a GmbH is often made up of several people who share the tasks and pay in the share capital together. Once the personal details have been established, at least half of the EUR 25,000 share capital must be paid into the business account when the company is founded. This must be topped up to the full amount at a later date. In addition, the GmbH requires a summonable business address. Once the share capital has been paid in, the company is entered in the commercial register and transparency register. A tax number must also be applied for from the tax office for the start of business activities.

What does GmbH and Co KG mean?


The GmbH und Co KG is a hybrid of two legal forms and consists of a partnership (KG) and a corporation (GmbH). The GmbH becomes a shareholder of the KG. The formation and administration of a GmbH and Co KG are complex, but they do offer certain advantages in terms of liability and tax considerations.

What is the difference between a GmbH and a GbR?


The biggest difference lies in the share capital and liability. While a share capital of at least EUR 25,000 must be raised when a GmbH is founded, no share capital is required to found a GbR. An entry in the commercial register is also not necessary for the formation of a GbR. However, unlike a GmbH, the partners in a GbR are fully liable with their private assets, whereas the private assets of partners in a GmbH are generally protected. For tax purposes, the GmbH is treated differently as a corporation and the GbR as a partnership. A GmbH can be founded by one person alone, whereas a GbR requires at least two partners.