China company annual return is a summary of the most relevant information pertaining to a company and close corporation. By lodging annual returns, it maintain the latest information of the company. It also confirms that the company is still active in business.



All companies in China are required by law to lodge their annual returns with the registration authorities within a certain period of time every year. Failure to do so will result in the committee assuming that the company is not doing business or dormant company. Non-compliance with annual returns may lead to deregistration of the company.


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 running (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


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, penalty incur.


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