What are the Legal Entities in Uruguay?

If you are thinking about expanding your business or incorporating a company in Uruguay, you should be aware of the multiple legal entities in Uruguay to choose from.

Uruguay is one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America and is considered to be one of the most attractive business destinations for foreign investors. Furthermore, Uruguay is also one of the most freest service-based economies in the region. When expanding in the country, we recommend to seek expert guidance and advice to comply with all legal and accounting requirements.

In this article, we take a look at the legal entities in Uruguay available when expanding your businesses or carrying out commercial operations in the country. 

Types of legal entities in Uruguay

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There are various types of legal entities in Uruguay available for foreign investors.

There are various types of legal entities in Uruguay available for foreign investors, these include:

  • Limited Liability Companies for Duty-Free Zones (Sociedades de Zona Franca – SAU)
  • Branch Offices (Sucursal)
  • Corporations (Sociedades Anónimas – SA)

While the majority of companies in Uruguay are Corporations (S.A), keep in mind that the type of legal entity that you chose to incorporate will depend on your company’s business needs and requirements.

Incorporating a legal entity in Uruguay

There are different ways of incorporating a legal entity in Uruguay. These include the following documents and procedures:

Power of Attorney (POA): A legal entity in Uruguay can be incorporate trough a Power of Attorney (POA) that should be drafted and signed. This document allows a local partner or organization in Uruguay to form the company on your behalf, without the need for you to physically be in the country during the incorporation process. 

Company Bylaws: When incorporating a legal entity in Uruguay, you must carry out a search of your company´s name and get it officially approved by the local government. Additionally, the company bylaws should include the following the company’s main purpose, information regarding the partners or members involved in the incorporation process and the notarized signatures of the company’s owners.

Company incorporation document: To register and formalize the incorporation of the company, it should be registered in the Government’s One-Stop-Shop (Empresa en el día). All the registration fees for corporations or ‘SA’ companies are paid through this local authority. Likewise, a public notary will provide you with an official certificate that should be shown in the National Registry of Commerce in order to complete the company registration process. 

Registration of Company with Local Tax Authorities

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Investors in Uruguay can obtain a local Tax ID through the National Registry.

Tax Administration Directorate (Dirección General Impositiva) is the entity where the company will pay taxes. The National Registry will stamp the book of shares, the letter copybook, the register of minutes of the board meetings and the register of minutes of shareholder´s meetings. Once this is completed, the company will be able to obtain its local Tax ID (‘RUT‘). 

Open a Corporate Bank Account 

The final step when incorporating a legal entity in Uraguay when expanding your business in the country is to open a corporate bank account. Once you have obtained your Ta company Tax ID, you will be able to open your corporate account. 

Seeking more information about legal entities in Uruguay?

Uruguay holds great potential for business investors and entrepreneurs. However, doing business in a new environment can prove to be somewhat complicated. Working with a local partner who can support you throughout the entire incorporation process is highly recommended. 

For this reason, we highly recommend cooperating with a local partner when entering the Uruguayan market. Get in contact with Biz Latin Hub and our team of local experts and professionals will provide you with tailored services and will support you in establishing your business in Uruguay.


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