How To Shut Down Business in Serbia

General remarks

Shutting down an LLC can be a good strategy for preventing further losses if the business is no longer profitable and has no prospect of turning around. By closing the business, you can stop incurring expenses and liabilities associated with running the business, such as rent, utilities, salaries, and taxes. This can help you minimize your losses and avoid further financial hardship.

However, it’s important to consider the costs and consequences of shutting down the business. Dissolving an LLC can involve various expenses, such as legal and administrative fees, publishing notices, settling debts and obligations, and distributing assets to members. Additionally, shutting down the business may have tax implications, such as capital gains or losses, which can affect your personal finances.

Before deciding to shut down an LLC, it’s important to consult with a legal or financial advisor who can help you assess the costs and benefits of the decision, evaluate any legal or contractual obligations, and identify any potential risks or liabilities. Based on this analysis, you can make an informed decision about whether to continue or terminate the business.

Process of shutting down business in Serbia

Yet, in order to shut down an LLC in Serbia, the following steps are generally required:

Resolution to dissolve LLC

  1. Hold a meeting of the members: The members of the LLC must hold a meeting and pass a resolution to dissolve the company. The resolution must be approved by at least two-thirds of the members.

Dissolution application

  1. File the dissolution application with the Business Registers Agency (BRA): Once the resolution to dissolve the company is passed, the LLC must file an application for dissolution with the BRA. The application must include the minutes of the meeting where the resolution was passed and other required documents.

Pay your debts (and never burn bridges)

  1. Settle all outstanding obligations: Before the company can be officially dissolved, all outstanding debts and obligations must be settled. This includes paying off any outstanding taxes, debts to creditors, and other liabilities.

Dissolution must be made known to all

  1. Publish a notice of dissolution: After the dissolution application is filed, the company must publish a notice of dissolution in the official gazette and in at least one daily newspaper.

Bank accounts must be shut

  1. Close the business bank account: Once all debts and obligations have been settled, the LLC must close its business bank account and transfer any remaining funds to the members.

Proof on dissolution

  1. Obtain a certificate of dissolution: After completing the above steps, the LLC can apply for a certificate of dissolution from the BRA. Once the certificate is issued, the LLC is officially dissolved.
PS. It’s important to note that the specific requirements and procedures for dissolving an LLC in Serbia can vary depending on the circumstances and the legal and regulatory environment. It’s recommended to consult with a local legal or business advisor who can guide you through the process and ensure that you comply with all relevant laws and regulations.

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Information contained in this alert is for the general education and knowledge of our readers. It is not designed to be, and should not be used as, the sole source of information when analyzing and resolving a legal problem, and it should not be substituted for legal advice, which relies on a specific factual analysis. Moreover, the laws of each jurisdiction are different and are constantly changing. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. If you have specific questions regarding a particular fact situation, we urge you to consult the authors of this publication, your AK STATT representative, or other competent legal counsel.

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