I’m very confused on the subject of capitalization and hoping someone can help stop my head spinning. I’m getting conflicting answers depending on who I ask, as is typical for Taiwan.
So there’s two basic types of businesses a foreign person may own: a “Limited Company” with TWD500k minimum capitalization or a “Company Limited By Shares” with TWD1m minimum capitalization. (These can take the form of a Branch, Subsidiary, Representative or Local company, but aside from some details they are the same.)
I’m having some trouble wrapping my head around the meaning of capitalization in Taiwan. Let’s say that I’m planning a business which would require startup expenses of around TWD2m and want to establish it as a Limited Company. Since the minimum capitalization is TWD500k, does this mean I need to form the company with a capitalization of TWD2.5m so that I’m still above TWD500k in the bank after startup expenses? If some of those startup costs involved equipment, does the value of the equipment count as capital still for the purposes of minimum capitalization? If some of those startup costs have been paid out of pocket before or after the company is formed should they be considered part of capitalization or as expenses? Are such out of pocket payments considered foreign investment which needs MOEA approval?
Basically I’ve been told that I can form the company with minimum capitalization now and then worry about paying startup costs later, and I’ve also been told that any money I spend on the business is considered foreign investment and needs to be MOEA approved and remittance of all that money made and then proven to MOEA. Or if more capital needs to be added later, additional MOEA approval is needed.
Next question is on the remittance requirements. The foreign remittance requirements are quite simple. All you have to do is wire the money in and show the receipt. It could come from anywhere as far as they are concerned. If the money is remitted as NTD then they need a DNA sample from anyone whoever touched that money, or at least substantial proof of where it came from (income tax receipts, etc.).
My problem here is that I already have quite a bit of money in a local bank account that I now want to use for the business. It was all remitted from the US previously for the purpose of living expenses. I only have one of the foreign exchange receipts, though my bank book shows that with the exception of the opening balance, all deposits were made in US$. I’ve been told that it probably won’t matter, and I’ve also been told that it’ll be a major problem to form a company using NTD this way. Anyone else formed a company with NTD instead of foreign remittance?
And finally, if I apply for foreign investment with MOEA, do I need to remit all the money at once or can the money be remitted say over four remittances space 1 month apart?
(I know that a lot of you have registered a company in your spouse’s name instead of your own to avoid these kinds of headaches. In this particular case this solution is not practical.)
Thanks! I’m almost more confused now than when I started this post.