Register the company in the Mercantile Registry, obtain the certificate of existence and legal representation, register the company’s books and register with the National Tax Authority (DIAN) at the Business Services Center (CAE) of the Chamber of Commerce
CAE, which started its operations at the Chamber of Commerce of Villavicencio since November of 2007, allows the following procedures to be completed in one step and at the same place:
1. Register the company and the commercial establishment (if applicable) at the Mercantile Registry
2. Obtain a copy of the certificate of existence and legal representation
3. Register the company’s books
4. Register the company in the Unified Tax Registry (“Registro Único Tributario” or RUT) of the DIAN and obtain the Tax Identification Number (“Número de Identificación Tributaria” or NIT)
5. Register with the Municipal Treasury for payment of the Industry and Commerce Tax
The Chamber also sends a report of newly registered companies to certain entities such as the Fire Department and the secretariats of: Municipal Health, Finance, Government, Planning, and Environment, which then visit the companies to verify compliance with all the required standards according to the type of activity.
The company’s books are submitted to the Chamber of Commerce for the pages to be subscribed and numbered. A form requesting the books is filled out and the amount is paid directly at the cashier booth. The employer is given consecutive pages, numbered, labeled, and ready for use, or the employer brings the pages numbered, marked and only pays COP $ 8,600 for each book registered. If the company completes the company establishment procedure using the website www.crearempresa.com.co, it may at the same time request registration of the books, without having to wait for the company to be registered first.
The rates to register a company and commercial establishment, certificates and application forms are national (Decree 393 of 2002) and correspond to the year 2009.
COP 1,841,129 [COP 1,025,729: departmental registration tax (1% of the company’s initial capital); COP 665,000: commercial license (133.92% of the legal minimum monthly wage); COP 83,000: commercial establishment fee; COP 3,500: registration form; COP 26,000: registration at the Chamber of Commerce and registration of the public document on company constitution; COP 3,500: certificate of existence and legal representation; COP 34,400: cost to register the company’s books (COP 8,600 per book)]