Taiwan is one of the world’s largest producers of computer-related products, and boasts an extensive, well-established network of industrial zones and a growing number of high-technology industry clusters, which are supported by high-quality human resources. And, Taiwan’s rise to prominence in the IT industry has sparked a growing industrial research and development sector.
While investing in Taiwan, the most common business organizations are the limited company and the company limited by shares.
- The limited company, organized by at least 1 shareholder with each shareholder liable only for their capital contribution.
- The company limited by shares, which must have at least 2 shareholders whose liability is restricted to the division of the total capital allotted to each shareholder.
Standard Requirement for Taiwan Limited Company
|Taiwan Subsidiary (Limited)
||Taiwan Branch||Taiwan Representative Office|
|Proposed company name||Both English and Chinese are acceptable|
|Standard authorised share capital||NT$500,000 at NT$1 each||N/A||N/A|
|Minimum share capital
|Minimum shareholder||1 Natural person or legal entity||No||No|
|Minimum director||1 Natural person or legal entity||No||No|
|Time required||25 - 30 Working days||20 Working days||14 Working days|
Tax System in Taiwan
All sales of goods and provision of services in Taiwan, as well as all imports of goods into Taiwan, are subject to Business Tax ("BT"). The "BT" is imposed under two systems: the VAT system (5%) and the Non-VAT system (0.1% - 25%). Apart from the "BT", the profit seeking enterprise in Taiwan also subject to 17% of corporate tax. If the company distributes profit to foreign shareholders, a 10% withholding tax will be charged on the dividends paid.