Liaison Office Registration

A Foreign Company / Corporation can establish a representative or liaison office in India by obtaining permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and subsequently registering it with the ROC and State Police. We have good relationships to deliver smooth services in India.

A Liaison Office (LO) functions as a place in India which represents a foreign company primarily to understand and explore the general business environment, market research for the products of the parent company and to provide and seek information from potential customers or vendors. A liaison office can be set up for representing in India the parent company/group companies, Promoting export/import from/to India, Promoting technical/financial collaborations between parent/group companies and companies in India and to Act as a communication channel between the parent company and Indian companies.

A liaison office of the foreign company can not engage in any commercial activities, and the parent company shall meet all the expenses of the liaison office. A liaison office is a foreign company and Indian government taxes the profits of such entities when it carries out the transactions which amount to commercial activities through a permanent establishment (PE) at higher rates. As of now the tax on the profit of the foreign company is 40% in contrast to the tax rate @ 22% on Indian company.

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Important Points to Register Liaison or Representative Office

Net Worth Requirement

The foreign parent company must have a profitable track record of three years in a row & the net worth must be more than $ 50,000 attested by their auditors.

No Income Generating Activity

The liaison office can not earn any income in India, and the parent company must finance all its operations. An undertaking from the parent company is required.

Name & New Office

The name must be same as that of the foreign parent company, and for each new office of such liaison office, a new approval is required from RBI with justification.

Taxation in Indian

The income tax on a Liaison Office can be imposed by Indian tax authorities when it is established that the transaction amounts to commercial operation through PE.

List of Documents for Liaison Office Registration

Document From Mother/Parent Company (If Applicable)
  • Certificate of Incorporation / Registration of Foreign Company
  • Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Articles of Association (AOA)
  • List of Details in respect of Directors/Key Executives
  • Details of shareholders of the applicant company
  • Net worth certificate attested by Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Audited financial statement of the last three preceding years
  • Banker’s Report from the applicant’s banker in the host country
Documents Required From the Authorised Signatory
  • Colour Photo - 5
  • Passport - 5 Copy
  • Business Visa Copy with Immigration Stamp of arrival
  • National Identity Card - 5 Copy
  • Latest Address Proof (Bank Statement/ Electricity/ Water Bill/ Phone Bill)
  • Board Resolution Appointing the AR
  • Board Resolution Appointing the AR
  • Power of Attorney in the name of AR
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