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A GmbH offers you a lot of flexibility

You may have noticed in the past that the abbreviation “GmbH” is used in almost all industries. This is no coincidence! It is completely irrelevant whether you earn your living as an artist, in a trade or in another field: in theory, you can set up a GmbH in almost any business sector.
You also have the opportunity to determine the content of the articles of association and the company succession as freely as possible. You can find information about other benefits and challenges in the following sections.

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Tax advantages of the GmbH

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Limited liability

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Legal capacity

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Many advantages, but also disadvantages of a GmbH

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Conclusion

Tax advantages of the GmbH

A particular advantage of the GmbH is that it is often possible for founders to save on taxes. A particular focus here is on the use of profits. If, for example, these are not distributed to the shareholders but reinvested directly, those affected benefit from the lower corporation tax compared to income tax.
But be careful! If you opt for the aforementioned distribution, capital gains tax will be due. And this in turn is higher.

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Many advantages, but also disadvantages of a GmbH

First of all: Whether you consider the following disadvantages to be real disadvantages or whether they are just challenges for you depends of course on your own assessment. However, if you want to set up a GmbH, you should be aware of the following points:

  • The minimum capital is 25,000 euros. 12,500 euros must be paid in when the company is founded. You can transfer the rest later.
  • You should not underestimate the effort involved in setting up a GmbH. This applies both with regard to legal requirements and with regard to accounting.
  • Personal liability is not excluded in principle. If you, as the managing director, do not fulfill your duty of care, you may well be liable with your private assets.
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Conclusion

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FAQ

Why set up a GmbH?

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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.

How can you set up a GmbH?

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The GmbH is founded in just a few steps, which nevertheless take a few weeks. The first step is to find a name. The articles of association must then be notarised. The next step is to open a business account and pay in the share capital. Once this has been done, the GmbH is entered in the commercial register by the notary. After business registration and tax registration with the tax office, the GmbH can start its business activities properly.

When does it make sense to set up a GmbH?

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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.