Foundation (Stiftung) Registration

Overview: Foundation (Stiftung) is a legal entity that is mainly used for social, cultural, non-profit, or charitable purposes, hence a foundation is not considered a taxpayer. However, a foundation may be used for business (commercial) purposes as well as holding assets in other legal entities.

Purpose: Registration of a Stiftung

Main specifications:

  • a legal entity
  • usually non-commercial activity/aim (charitable, non-governmental organization)
  • no members
  • liability lies on the board of directors (e.g. for mismanagement)

Registering authority: the German Trade Register (subject to a deed executed by a German notary)

Term of registration: 15-20 working days

Personal presence: Optional

Conditions for registration:

  • Director – Minimum 1 (maximum – unlimited) natural/legal person of any nationality/jurisdiction
  • Registered office address in Germany

Required documents:

  • Passport or European ID card (for all associated persons)
  • Proof of residential address not older than 3 months (for all associated natural persons)
  • Extract from the Trade Register not older than 3 months (for all associated legal persons)
  • Document, authorizing to use of the registered office address (Copy of the Rental Agreement, Authorization Letter from the Owner, Certificate on Property)
  • Power of attorney (in case of remote registration)
  • Signed copy of the Deed of Incorporation

995.00

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