Spain offshore company formation

If you want to form a Spain offshore company and you are not resident in the country, you will need to obtain a number that identifies you for tax purposes (known as the ‘NIE’). We can help you get this number so that you can open your company in Spain.

There are three types of companies for foreign investors. The first is the ‘sociedad limitada’, whose corporation tax is set at 15% in the first year if financial results are positive, moving to a fixed rate of 25% as long as company profits do not exceed 8 million euros.

The second is the ‘sociedad anónima’, which requires a minimum capital of 60,000 euros and is subject to a tax rate of 30%.

Finally, the ETVE (similar to a holding company), which allows total exemption for dividends reinvested abroad.

All these elements promote the Spain offshore company incorporation.


Spain is a member of the European Union, and a social and democratic state of law whose form of government is a parliamentary monarchy. Its territory is divided into 17 communities and two autonomous cities.

Although the tax rate in Spain is not one of the lowest in Europe, spanish taxation nevertheless allows some degree of manoeuvre that mitigates the corporation tax rate.

The self-employed are taxed progressively, according to the income obtained during the fiscal year.

Holdings companies (the Sociedades de patrimonio ‘) have been subject to a new regime since 2003. By bringing together stakes in various companies, the Holding company offers numerous tax advantages.

The ETVE (entities holding foreign securities) are the Spanish version of the participation exemption regimes offered by Austrian Holding companies or even those in Luxembourg (Soparfi).

This regime consists of exonerating profits from foreign sources that are paid in the form of dividend distribution or capital gains from transfer of shares.

Spain offshore company service fees

100% online.

5-7 working days.


  • E-commerce

    An activity that has not been affected by the Covid-19 health crisis.


    An activity that cannot be carried out without obtaining a license (Brokerage, payment institution).
    Having a financial license issued by the CNMV is trustworthy.

  • Holding

    A holding is a parent company whose purpose is to bring together partners or shareholders who wish to acquire a significant influence in other companies.
    The ETVE holding benefits from a tax exemption on dividends received from its subsidiary.


    A favorable and suitable jurisdiction for carrying out consultancy activities and/or professional services, with a 15% tax.

  • Import export

    An activity that consists of reselling products with a margin. Spain has a strategic location as it connects Europe to Africa.


  • Capital

    Capital of at least 3006 euros.


    Bookkeeping is compulsory for any company governed by Spanish law.


    There is no restriction regarding the residence and/or nationality of the directors and/or shareholders.


    Exemption from tax on dividends obtained abroad.
    Income tax from 15% to 30%


    Flexible legislation that is not considered a tax haven, politically stable, with a modern vocation and bureaucratic ease.

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Spanish company formation main characteristics

Incorporation time frame 5-7 working days
Type of business entityS.L, S.A,
Corporate tax15% – 30%
ISO standardsAvailable
Information concerning ShareholderDisclosed
Information concerning directorsDisclosed
Financial licenseAvailable
Valid EU VATAvailable

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