How to Close Down company in China

How to Close Down company in China

During the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, many foreign investors withdrew from China to reduce costs, expecting the market to thrive again soon. So, you probably want to close down your company in China.

How to close down the company in China? According to the relevant laws and regulations of China, if a Foreign Invested Company didn’t take the right steps to close the business and clear all obligations, it might cause a lot of negative consequences and the mentioned company might attract penalties or even get blacklisted in China.

What is the consequence if the company does not use the right way to close down the company in China?

  • If the companies are not declared to the tax authorities and annual inspection, they will be fined by the Tax bureau every year.
  • The legal person and the shareholders of the company will be blacklisted by the Administration for Industry and Commerce, and they are unable to register a company again.
  • The legal person of the company will be blacklisted in China’s credit system and will not be able to buy an air ticket and High-speed rail ticket in China. If the legal person is a foreigner, she/he might never get a visa from the Chinese Embassy again.

In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about Company Deregistration in China.

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The 5 Steps to close down the company

How does a Foreign-Invested Company close down a Chinese corporation correctly? The following 5 steps will state the whole process clearly.

Go to the Tax Bureau to apply for Company Cancellation

After the Company pays up all the salaries and social insurances to its employees, taxes to the authority, debts to other companies, or individuals, the owner must submit a liquidation report to the Tax Bureau with all necessary documents for the past 3 years. After the review and approval of authorities, they will issue the tax clearance certificate to the owner.

Cancellation of registration by the SAMR (State Administration for Market Regulation)

The company must form a liquidation committee, then submit an announcement in the newspaper for a minimum period of 45 days. Meantime, the owner should file a record at the Commission of Commerce Bureau. Finally, file deregistration materials to the SAMR.

Cancellation of social security account

After this certificate is obtained by the SAMR, the owner should also move on to the Social Insurance Bureau, Municipal Common Funds Center, Customs Bureau, and all relevant license agencies to finish the cancellation processes.

Cancellation of the Bank Account

The owner should proceed with the account closure of the capital, general basic account. All funds remaining in the capital account will be transferred to the shareholder’s bank account overseas.

Cancellation of the company seals

In the last step, of course, the owner should destroy all the company seals or chops.

How long does it take to close down your business in China?

Generally, the cancellation process takes 3-4 months or even longer.

Finally, company dismissal, company liquidation, and company cancellation are three inevitable legal procedures of the legal entity, relating but also differentiating with each other. Once all the processes have been finished, the company will be deemed to be legally shut down in China. Among these, the company liquidation is most important, and the company cancellation process is most complicated.

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Hi, I’m Fiona Hua, CIO certificate,  Expert of Management & Human Resource. About ten years work experience in Shanghai. Familiar with business management, HR outsourcing, and tax planning. BIS provides one-stop business service for enterprises like registering companies, finding office service, Accounting and Tax, HR outsourcing, VISA & working permit, Marketing and legal services.

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