The procedure for closing a company could be extremely complicated, long and burdensome.
Depending on the circumstances, the process of liquidating a company could take between 7 months and over a year, regardless of whether the company has been in operation or not.
It comes as a surprise to many people that registering a company is an easy and quick process, while closing a company is just the opposite.
But how do you close a company?
At MKA Finance, we can help by assisting you every step of the way. This way you will save unnecessary costs, wasted time and many headaches. First of all, closing a company starts with winding up its operations.
In the event that the activity is terminated in advance, we proceed to the closure of the company without activity. In case the company is still in business, notification to the territorial directorate of the NRA of the cessation of activity follows.
The next step is announcement of liquidation in the Trade Register ➡️ announcement of invitation to creditors TR ➡️ notification of the National Social Insurance Institution ➡️ provision of payrolls.
Lastly is the deletion from the Commercial Register itself. Our specialists can take care of all this for you.
A meeting of the shareholders/partners in the LLC at which a decision is made to liquidate the company. At the same meeting, a liquidator is usually appointed who will conduct the entire procedure for winding up the company.
The decision to liquidate and the appointment of a liquidator must be recorded in the Commercial Register. The liquidator must notify all creditors of the company of the decision to liquidate and pay all debts.
The liquidator must file a final tax return and settle all taxes and social security contributions due. All bank accounts of the company must be closed after all debts have been paid.
After all debts have been paid and the assets of the company have been distributed to the shareholders/partners, the liquidator shall present a report of his activities to the general meeting of shareholders/partners.
Upon approval of the liquidator's report, the company is deleted from the Commercial Register. It is important to keep all corporate documents and accounts of the company for a certain period after its winding up as provided by law.
Once all the documents have been completed, prepared and submitted to the Companies Registry, registering your company could take between 1 and 3 working days.
As the sole owner of the LTD, you decide to liquidate the company. Your decision must also include the appointment of a liquidator who will conduct the winding-up procedure and register the decision to liquidate with the Companies Registry.
The liquidator must notify all creditors of the company of the decision to liquidate and pay all debts. The liquidator must file a final tax return and settle all taxes and social security contributions due.
All bank accounts of the company must be closed after payment of all debts.
The assets of the company are distributed among the participants, the liquidator submits a report on his activities. After approval of the liquidator's report, the company is deleted from the Commercial Register.
It is important to keep all corporate documents and accounts of the company for a certain period after its closure.
VAT registration is not a compulsory activity when a company is liquidated. By law, every business has the right to choose whether to deregister or to maintain its VAT registration until the company is removed from the commercial register.
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Once the certificate under Article 77 of the Tax Code has been issued, the documents for the company closure procedure are sent to the Commercial Register.
Here again, you can rely on our help in preparing and completing the required documents, which include:
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Determining the cost of closing a company depends on a number of factors. It varies considerably depending on the complexity of the procedure and the region and the type of company. Here are some key factors that can affect the price:
Depending on the circumstances, other fees may apply – for example for notary services, translation services, etc.
Our experts will make sure that your company is successfully wound up in the first place. This process results in a company freeze. It is important to note that freezing a company or freezing operations is not the same as closing a company by itself.
When the owner of a company in Bulgaria dies, there are specific steps and procedures to be followed. Depending on the structure of the company (e.g. whether it is a sole proprietorship, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, etc.) and whether the owner was the sole shareholder in the company, the procedures may differ:
Succession procedure: on the death of the owner of the company, a succession procedure occurs. First, it must be determined whether there is a will or heirs at law. This will determine who or which persons inherit the deceased's business interests.
Changes in the Commercial Register: If the deceased was the sole participant in a company as an LLP, the new participants (heirs) must decide whether they want to continue the business or close the company. In any case, the changes should be registered in the Commercial Register.
Closing the company: If the heirs decide to close the company, the usual procedure for closure (appointment of a liquidator, payment of creditors, deletion from the Commercial Register, etc.) should be followed, taking into account the particularities due to the death of the owner.
Accounting and tax: All necessary accounts and tax returns must be filed up to the time of the owner's death and for the period thereafter if the business is continued by the heirs.
Legal and accounting advice: Heirs are advised to consult legal and accounting professionals to ensure that all procedures are carried out correctly and according to the law.
Death Announcement: Depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to announce the owner's death in an official newspaper or other media to inform creditors and other interested parties.
The liquidation of a company with no operations in Bulgaria follows the standard liquidation procedure, but the process can be quicker and without significant complexity as the company has not been doing business and is unlikely to have many liabilities or assets.
It requires carrying out a number of actions to make sure that all creditors are satisfied and that you have met all the legal requirements.
Here are some of the key steps:
Decision to liquidate: The owners (or sole owner in the case of an LLP) must decide to liquidate the company.
Appointment of a liquidator: A liquidator will need to be appointed to conduct the liquidation and represent the company to third parties.
Registration in the Commercial Register: The decision to liquidate and the appointment of a liquidator must be recorded in the Commercial Register.
Notification of creditors: The liquidator is required to notify all known creditors of the decision to liquidate.
Preparation of liquidation balance sheet: The liquidator must prepare an opening liquidation balance sheet reflecting the assets and liabilities of the company.
Asset realisation: The purpose of this stage is to convert the company's assets into cash to pay off liabilities. This may involve the sale of property, cargo and other assets.
Debt repayment: The money collected from the sale of assets is used to repay the debts to creditors. If the company's assets are not sufficient to pay all the debts, creditors receive partial coverage of their claims.
Filing Tax Returns: All tax returns due up to the time of liquidation must be filed.
Closing bank accounts: Once all debts have been paid and the liquidation process has been completed, the company's bank accounts must be closed.
Removal from the Commercial Register: Upon completion of the liquidation process, the company is removed from the Commercial Register.
An important stage of the process is the notification of the liquidation of the company to the NRA. We will submit to the NRA a notification under Article 77 of the Tax Code. In turn, the NRA will issue a certificate of notification within 60 days of receipt of the notification.
The company is yet to be audited by the NRA. We will help you prepare with any accounting documents that may be needed during the process.
The final step in the procedure of closing a company is precisely the deletion of the company from the Commercial Register. At this stage it is checked and certain that:
We submit an application to the Registry Agency, which is the official claim for deletion from the register.
Closing a company in Bulgaria can be a complex and time-consuming process, requiring knowledge of legal regulations and tax laws. It is therefore highly advisable to trust a professional.
There are several reasons why you should trust a professional when closing a company in Bulgaria:
Knowledge of Legal Provisions: A professional with experience in will have a thorough understanding of relevant legal provisions. They will guide you through the process and ensure that everything is done in accordance with the law.
Expertise in tax laws: Tax laws can be complex and it is easy to make mistakes that can lead to penalties or fines. A professional with experience in tax laws will help you avoid these problems and ensure you only pay what you owe.
Saving time: Liquidating a company in Bulgaria can take a long time, especially if you are not familiar with the steps involved. A professional can take care of the entire process and structure everything for you, allowing you to focus on other important tasks.
Avoiding mistakes: Mistakes can be costly. Experienced, qualified staff will help you avoid common mistakes with a guarantee of success.
We at MKA Finance are available anytime to help you achieve your goal quickly and easily and without fail!