Set Up Business in Argentina

Argentina Expansion Guide

Global Upside helps companies set up, hire, and operate in Argentina. Set up a legal entity quickly and easily with our solutions for branch, subsidiary, and rep office. Looking for an alternative to permanent establishment? Hire and pay employees in Argentina without a legal entity by using our PEO & employer of record services. Once your business is set up, our teams can support with recruitment and staffing, human resources, employee benefits, payroll, accounting, and tax.

Capital City

Buenos Aires


Argentine Peso ($)




Presidential Republic

Country Overview

Argentina has enormous natural resources in agriculture and energy. Within the 2.8 million square kilometers of land, the nation is gifted with exceptional fertile lands, lithium, and gas reserves and has great capability for a sustainable power source. Argentina is a leading food producer with substantial livestock and agricultural industries. Additionally, the country has noteworthy opportunities in some industrial subsectors and ground-breaking amenities in high-tech industries.

  • Argentina ranks as the 29th largest economy in the world in terms of nominal GDP.
  • Argentina ranks as the 2nd largest economy in South America.
  • Argentina ranks as the 3rd largest economy in Latin America
  • Argentina ranks as one of the biggest exporters of soya products.

Options for setting up a legal entity in Argentina include:

Corporation (Sociedad Anónima/ SA)

Corporation (Sociedad Anónima/ SA) is an independent and distinctive legal establishment that needs at least two investors. A SA is managed by a board of directors who are elected by the investors of the business.

Single-Shareholder Corporation (Sociedad Anónima Unipersonal/ SAU)

Single-Shareholder Corporation (Sociedad Anónima Unipersonal/ SAU) is an independent and distinctive legal structure which, as the name suggests, needs a sole shareholder. SAUs are not permitted to be incorporated or exclusively owned and is administered by a board of directors who are elected by the sole investor of the corporation.

Simplified Corporation (Sociedad por Acciones Simplificada/ SAS)

Simplified Corporation (Sociedad por Acciones Simplificada/ SAS) is a form of legal establishment that is unique and separate and needs at least one shareholder. This is again managed by a board of directors who must be elected by the shareholders.

Limited Liability Company (Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada/ SRL)

Limited Liability Company (Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada/ SRL) is an individual and autonomous form of legal establishment that needs at least two to fifty investors. The entity is supervised by managers who have complete control of the business.

It takes approximately three months to establish a legal entity set up in Argentina,

In Argentina, the employer-employee relations are governed by the Labor Contract Law No. 20,744, also known as the LCL, the individual terms of labor contracts between employers and their employees, and collective bargaining agreements.

A written employment contract which defines the terms of the agreement has to mention the below details:

  • Name and address of the employer and employee
  • Statutory working hours
  • Remuneration and bonuses
  • Probation period
  • Paid public holidays
  • Working on Sundays and overtime
  • Disclosure and Confidentiality of Personal Information
  • Employee Protection and Anti-discrimination Rights
  • Leave of absence and medical leaves
  • Annual leave accrual entitlement
  • Maternity leave
  • Termination policy

For employees who work every month, employers must pay them monthly and the payment needs to be made within 4 days of the subsequent month.

Argentina’s Comisión Nacional de Valores (CNV) regulates that financial statements must be prepared using IFRSs.

Corporate Tax

The corporate tax rate in Argentina is 30%.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

The standard VAT rate is 21%.

The Agencia de Acceso a la Información Pública (AAIP) also known as the Argentinian Data protection authority intends to regulate the complete protection of personal information stored in documents, databases, records, or other technical methods for processing of data, both private and public, expected to provide data, to ensure the option to respect and protection of people and admittance to the data that is registered about them.

Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption Law

The Argentine Criminal Code applies to any public official including an individual who takes part in corrupt practices with public officials. The Argentine Criminal Code characterizes the offenses of corruption, domestic bribery (active, passive, and inappropriate lobbying), and transnational bribery (other local laws to consider are the Ethics on Public Office Law, the Code of Ethics of Public Office, and Public Employment Law).

Bribery of Public Officials

For Individuals: Principal sanctions
i) Imprisonment for 1 to 12 years.
ii) Lifetime exclusion from services.

For legal entities:
The Argentine Criminal Code has not been implemented for corporate liability for any bribery act.

Bribery of Private Officials

For individuals and legal entities:
The Argentine Criminal Code does not provide for a thorough description of the administration to sanction statutes of corruption in the private sector, as it does not explicitly determine private corruption.