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Hong Kong Plans to Waive Business Registration Fees for 2019/20

Time:   11.03.2019
Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr. Paul Chan Mo-po proposed to waive business registration fees for one year from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 during the 2019/20 budget speech on 27 February 2019. Currently, the budget is under the scrutiny by the Legislative Council, but it is expected to be approved. Then the total fee for application or renewal of one-year business registration certificate shall be decreased to HKD250 from the current HKD2,250.

There are two types of business registration certificate, namely 1-year certificate and 3-year certificate. The amount payable under a certificate depends on the commencement date of the registration certificate. For local companies falling within the one-stop company and business registration, the amount payable for the first registration certificate depends on the date of making the related incorporation submission to the Companies Registry and the commencement date of the registration certificate is the date of incorporation. For renewal of certificates, the amount payable is determined by reference to the commencement date of the relevant renewal certificate. For a new business other than a local company, the commencement date of its first registration certificate is its date of commencement of business, not the date of application for business or branch registration.

The fee for the business registration certificate of a Hong Kong company is divided into two parts: the business registration fee and the levy. The business registration fee is to be waived according to the budget and the levy is still payable. If the budget is approved, the fee for the business registration certificate for companies and branches from 1 April 2019 shall be:

Business Registration CertificateStarting from 1 April 2019

1-year certificate

3-year certificate

Fee

Levy

Total

Fee

Levy

Total

0

250

250

3,200

750

3,950


Branch Registration CertificateStarting from 1 April 2019

1-year certificate

3-year certificate

Fee

Levy

Total

Fee

Levy

Total

0

250

250

116

750

866


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