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Updated:2018-5-16 10:41:39    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:4877

China company registration is a major business of Tannet. China is one of the world's largest trading countries and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The infrastructure is well established and its legal system is sound, creating a good business environment for investors. In 2015, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce canceled the requirement about the minimum registered capital. These preferential policies are aimed to attract and encourage more and more domestic and foreign investors to start their own business in China.

I. China Investment Environment
The nation comprises 5 autonomous regions, 23 provinces, 4 municipalities and 2 special administrative regions. The huge land is rich in natural resources and cultural deposits. Due to its size, the climate, culture, as well as economic diverse. However, it’s the great diversity makes China a most attractive place for both visitor and investor. Also since the implementation of the reform and open-up policy, China has been seen a booming economic, which brought not only numerous business opportunities, but also investors all over the world. In recent years, China's infrastructure has also been greatly improved, providing foreign investors with good conditions in production and operation.

II. China Legal Environment
Chinese government has accelerated the legislative work of various laws. With the improvement of China's foreign-related economic laws and regulations, the market access to trade in goods has been improved. Entering China market for foreign investors has become much easier than before.

III. China Investment Subjects and Company Types
1. China company types:
a. Different forms: Limited liability company, limited company, partnership company, one person limited company;
b. Different shareholders: WFOE, CJV, EJV, Domestic company;
c. Different responsibilities: unlimited company such as FIPE, limited company such as limited liability company

2. Documents required for China WFOE registration:
*Confirm the company name, business scope, registered capital and company shares;
*Prepare two original Lawyer’s legalization or notarization which should be endorsed by local *China Embassy or Consulate within 6 months;
*Provide with passport copies of Legal representative, Executive director, General manager and Supervisor.

3. Documents required for China JV registration:
*All above-mentioned documents for WFOE;
*China company’s business license, company stamp and article of association.

4. Documents required for China Domestic company registration:
*Confirm the company name, business scope, registered capital and company shares;
*ID card or passport copies of Legal representative, Executive director, General manager and Supervisor;
*Online banking USB of Shareholders, Legal representative, Executive director, General manager and Supervisor.

(Note: For Shenzhen company bank account opening, the legal representative’s presence in the bank is required.)

IV. China Company Registration Requirements
1. China company format: China government has a name format for anyone who wants to setup a company in China, the format is: City name + trade name + business scope+ limited. Usually, the city name is included in the company. Chinese company names are officially used, while English names are for reference only.

2. China company members: The positions of Legal Representative, Executive Director, General manager and Supervisor can be taken by either Chinese or foreigners. The Legal Representative should be acted by Executive Director or General manager.

3. China company registered capital: In China, the registered capital is different from varied situations and sectors. Since 2014, the requirement about the minimum capital is canceled. Investors can decide the amount of registered capital by themselves. And the capital to be subscribed in lump sum as contemplated in the Articles of Association could be paid up within 30 years from the date of issue of Business License.

4. China company business scope:  A China company can only conduct business within its approved business scope on the business license. Amending the business scope will need further application and approval. For some sectors such as education, logistics, medicine and food industries, pre-approval license is needed before we enter into normal processes.

V. China Company Bank Account Opening
After the company registered, the company is supposed to open the basic account. The four China major national banks are preferred by many investors. To apply for the company basic account opening, all company documents are needed as well as the lease certificate of the registered address. The presence of the legal representative is required in the bank. When the basic account opened, investors may open capital account and foreign currency accounts according to their own needs.

VI. China Company Registration Procedures
Step1: Let clients fill out the application form (sign the agreement);
Step2: Confirm the company name, business scope, registered capital and company shares;
Step3: Check the required documents for the clients;
Step4: Pay the services;
Step5: Prepare for the statutory documents for the investors to sign personally;
Step6: Forward documents to related government departments;
Step7: Keep clients informed of processing;
Step8: Finish processing in 15-35 working days;
Step9: Collect the documents and items and settle the balance if any.

VII. Follow-up Services for China Company
1. China company annual filings: A China company should file the annual report within the period between January 1 and June 30 every year.
2. China company payroll services: After the company registered, Tannet is able to provide with the services of employing staff, buying social securities for employees, labor contract draft, foreign employees work permits application.
3. China company special licenses application: For some industries, special permit is needed before the company is allowed to conduct the related business. Tannet helps clients to apply for Import/Export permit, Food circulation license, Medical equipment business license, Non-vessel operating common carrier certificate (NVOCC), ICP, etc.
4. China company shares agreement draft: With the development of the company, shares transfer or changes are common needs. Tannet is concentrating on drafting agreements, contracts and plans for clients, such as shares transfer agreement, equity investment agreement, the establishment of ownership structure, stock incentive plan, etc.

VIII. China Company Accounting, Bookkeeping and Tax Filing
1. A China company is required to file taxes after registration. If not filing taxes in time, penalties from tax bureau will be caused. What’s more, it will bring negative records to the credit of the clients.
2. China company tax filing hints: The company should file taxes monthly, quarterly and yearly according to different type of taxes. The main types of taxes for a China company include Business income tax  (25%), VAT (3%-17%),  Sales tax (3%-20%).
3. Fapiao and Fapiao stamp: In China, official invoices are made by tax bureau, which is called Fapiao. The company should apply for Fapiaos from tax bureau and have a Fapiao stamp on it when issuing the Fapiao.

IX. Advantages of Registering China Company
1. China is the hugest market in the world. The fast economic growth and well developed infrastructure provide investors with a good commercial and legal environment.
2. China government has put forward the "four" strategic approach: innovation and entrepreneurship, the Internet +, the Belt and Road Initiative, the credit system.
3. China provides different levels of government subsidies to hi-tech industries, greatly reducing the cost of business start-ups and investments.
4. China has set up free trade zones in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Tianjin and other cities, with preferential tax policies for companies registered inside the zones.
5. China has signed bilateral free trade agreements with more than 20 other countries and regions, reducing import and export tariffs and providing a great convenience in terms of product circulation and foreign trade.

X. Tannet Services
TANNET package services of company registration include:
1. One copy of original Approval Record Receipt for Foreign Invested Enterprise (for foreign invested type of company); 
2. One copy of original Articles of Association signed & sealed by investors;
3. Both original and duplicate copy of business license;
4. Three stamps for different use; Bank account documents; Customs declaration registration certification;
5. Verification report (if needed);
6. Company basic account opening (if needed);
7. Import/Export license and General tax payer application (if needed).

XI. Tannet Advantages
1. TANNET has established a global service system with 38 branches and 3000 cooperators worldwide, as well as in excess of 60,000 reliant clients globally. You can find one TANNET always beside you.
2. TANNET is staffed with a strong professional team of lawyers, accountants, engineers, designers and consultants providing tailor-made and all-in-one service.
3. There is a B2B business platform available for the international buyers and sellers of SMEs,
4. TANNET is the best partner with international banks, financial institutes. TANNET also provide PIPO service.
5. TANNET is in conformity of the standard of ISO9001/2008. That means the service quality is guaranteed.

XII. Contact Us
If you have further enquire, please do not hesitate to contact Tannet at anytime, anywhere by simply visiting Tannet’s website, or calling  Hong Kong hotline at 852-27826888 or China hotline at 86-755-82143422, or emailing to You are also welcome to visit our office situated in 16/F, Taiyangdao Bldg 2020,Dongmen Rd South, Luohu , Shenzhen, China.

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