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China Company Annual Return

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China company annual return is a summary of the most relevant information pertaining to a company and close corporation. By lodging annual returns companies and close corporations ensure that the CIPC is in possession of the latest information. It also confirms that the company and close corporation is still in business or will be doing business in the near future.

All companies (including external companies) and close corporations are required by law to lodge their annual returns with CIPC (previously CIPRO) within a certain period of time every year. An annual return is a statutory return in terms of the Companies and Close Corporations Acts and therefore MUST be complied with. Failure to do so will result in the Commission assuming that the company and/or close corporation is not doing business or is not intending on doing business in the near future. Non-compliance with annual returns may lead to deregistration, which has the effect that the juristic personality is withdrawn and the company or close corporation ceases to exist.

Content of Company Annual Return in China
It must include details of:
1.the company’s registered office address
2.what type of business the company runs (eg retail, accountancy, catering)
3.the address where the company’s list of shareholders is kept
4.the type of limited company (eg limited by shares, limited by guarantee) and address of all company directors (and company secretary if you have one)
6.the number and value of shares issued by the company and who owns them
7.where details of ‘debentures’ (a type of loan the company has taken out with a promise to repay at a specific time in the future) are kept
Annual Return Avenues in China 
The Act makes a distinction between local companies and external companies’ annual returns and the content of each differs. There will therefore be three annual return lodgment avenues as follows:
1.annual return lodgment avenues for local companies
2.annual return lodgment avenues for external companies
3.annual return lodgment avenues for close corporations.
Time of Company Annual Return in China
Annual returns for local and external companies must be filed within 30 business days from the anniversary date of incorporation. If filing later that the 30 business days an increased fee is payable up until the company is deregistered due to non-compliance.
No manual lodgment of annual returns will be allowed, due to the volumes involved.
There is no distinction under the new Companies Act between company types and non-profit companies will therefore also be required to lodge annual returns.
China Company Annual Return Filing Methods
Annual returns may only be lodged electronically via the CIPC website by logging in as a customer, and clicking on “Annual returns/submit and pay annual returns.” A step-by-step guide on how to lodge annual returns can be viewed on the CIPC website ( by clicking on “I Want to…/Step by step online guide – Lodge annual returns.”
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