Company registration in IRAN

As a foreign entrepreneur who want to invest in Iran, you can choose from a few types of business entities such as the limited liability company, thepublic joint stock company, the representative office or the branch office.

The process of registering an offshore company in Iran under the Sherkat-e-Sahami Khass form is quick and offers specific benefits compared to

alternative organizational and legal business structures. Consequently, it is commonly favored by non-residents.



The process comprises the following steps:

Establishing a company presence in Iran necessitates the provision of charter capital, with the specific amount determined by the nature of the company's activities. On the initial day, transferring 35% of the total amount to the designated local bank account suffices. Subsequently, obtaining confirmation of the transfer is required.

Registering a business in Iran involves submitting necessary documentation to the Register of Companies. This includes providing authorized individuals with all constituent documents such as the charter, minutes of meetings, personal information of beneficial owners, and more. Company formation in Iran also entails encoding all documents, with barcodes enabling the tracking of the founder's movements within the country when necessary.

Processing the application and registration of a company in Iran typically takes around three days. Upon submission to the Commercial Registry, payment of state fees and business registration are mandatory. Additionally, specialists offer name selection services for the new business in Iran at an additional cost.

Subsequently, the announcement of the establishment of the new offshore company in Iran is published in the official state bulletin. Moreover, the same information must be submitted to one of the widely circulated local newspapers. It's worth noting that business operations in Iran can commence without awaiting publication.

Following this, the founder procures account books stamped by the state and pays a stamp duty equivalent to 0.2% of the company's share capital. The final step entails registering all employees under the social insurance program and submitting their wage information to the Labor Department.


To legally register a company in Iran, it's imperative to complete registration with the tax authorities. Following this, the Labor Department mandates payment of a social tax, amounting to 33%, with 23% of the burden falling on the employer. The overall income tax rate ranges from 15% to 57%, with the coefficient varying based on the company's income level.

Taxation is relevant to both citizens of the country and foreign businessmen; however, it is feasible to entirely evade tax payment or diminish the contribution amount by registering the physical address of the company within one of the eight free economic zones of the state.

Free economic zones in Iran provide tax exemption for a duration of 15 years starting from the company's registration date. There are four such zones, while others offer substantial value-added tax (VAT) benefits.

What are the requirements for the company’s trading name? 

Just like in other countries, a newly founded company must have a suitable trading name, that is selected following the legislation of the country. With regards to Iran, there are several matters to take into account when deciding on a company name, as follows: 

  • the company name must be in Farsi (Latin forms of the name are not accepted);
  • the name can’t be contradicting with the country’s culture;
  • it must mean something in the Farsi language;
  • it must be unique, therefore a new company can’t use the name of a company that has already been registered. 




Updated on: Tuesday ,May 14th,2024