How to open a sole proprietorship in Poland for a foreigner?


Individual entrepreneur in Poland (Jednoosobowa działalność gospodarcza in Polish) is a form of economic activity, which is implemented by one person and is aimed at making a profit (also popularly called – IE). It does not involve the use of hired labor. It is the simplest legal form of business, as it allows you to keep records on your own.

IE in Poland: restrictions

Unfortunately, this form of entrepreneurship is not available to all foreign nationals. To register a sole proprietorship non-resident without a Pole Card must meet the following requirements::

  • have a permanent residence permit (stały pobyt);
  • have a valid Pole’s card;
  • be a resident of the EU or have a long-term resident’s EU card;
  • temporarily reside in the country on legal grounds (family reunification; be a full-time student, graduate student;
  • be married to a citizen of the Republic of Poland living on Polish territory);
  • have refugee status;
  • be a citizen of Belarus, Ukraine, Russia or other CIS countries and a participant Poland. Business Harbour.

Another restriction for opening a sole proprietorship in Poland are some of the activities that are prohibited through private entrepreneurship. You can find a list of them on the official websites.

Features of the IE in Poland

A sole proprietor in Poland is liable with all his property. This can be a decisive moment when choosing a form of business organization.

Registration of IE – quick, clear, free. If yo have «trusted profile” ePUAP register an IE possible in a couple of clicks. There is no need to contribute share capital. It is possible to choose the form of taxation. For PE in Poland there is a simplified accounting (with annual turnover up to €2 million). It is only necessary to keep a book of income and expenses. Regarding taxes, you have to pay income tax VAT and monthly payments to the social insurance fund ZUS.

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There are special payment conditions for ZUS:

• “start-up benefit” – exemption from social tax for the first 6 months of activity
• a facilitated period of two years – the monthly payment rate is reduced to 30% of the current minimum wage.

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Entrepreneur, marketer, head of Uniconsulting Group.
Living and doing business in Poland for more than 8 years
Advising on business immigration to Poland

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