Guide to setting up a company in China


Setting up a company in China is a significant decision for global investors considering China’s robust economic growth and its position as a key player in the global market. This FAQ manual aims to provide comprehensive guidance on the process of registering a company in China, essential information required for incorporation, and taxation aspects pertinent to businesses operating in the country.

Why Register Your Company in China?

Registering a company in China enables foreign investors to directly manage local staff and conduct business activities within the territory, tapping into one of the world’s largest consumer markets and a vital player in the global trading system.

How to Register a Company in China?

Registering a company in China involves several steps, which can be complex due to language barriers and governmental requirements.

Here’s a simplified guide:

  • Choose an Expert: Select a reliable expert to guide you through the registration process.
  • Discussion and Planning: Discuss with the expert to determine company structure, key roles, business model, etc.
  • Pre-Registration: Complete online pre-registration and obtain government approval for the company name.
  • Document Preparation: Prepare required notarisation and certification documents in the shareholders’ country.
  • Apply for Business License: Obtain a business license
  • Company Seals: Create company seals.
  • Bank Account: Open bank accounts.
  • Tax Registration: Register the company in the tax system.

Information Required for Incorporation

To incorporate a company in China, prepare the following documents and information:

  • Proposed company name
  • Investor information
  • Management structure of the company in China</
  • Nomination of key roles
  • Registered capital and total investment amount
  • Registered address

Taxation in China

Businesses in China are subject to Value-Added Tax (VAT) and Corporate Income Tax. Here’s an overview:

  • VAT: The tax rates vary based on business activities and taxpayer classification.
    • General taxpayer: Rates range from 6% to 13%.
    • Small-scale taxpayer: Generally 3% of income with tax incentives, subject to specific conditions.
  • Corporate Income Tax: The standard rate is 25%. SMEs may qualify for preferential rates:
    • Profit < 1 million CNY: 2.5%
    • Profit between 1 million and 3 million CNY: 10%

Tax Calculation Example

For a small-scale taxpayer with a taxable sales amount of 2 million CNY and a net profit of 800K CNY in 2020

  • VAT: 20,000 CNY (1% of 2,000,000 CNY)
  • Corporate Income Tax: 20,000 CNY (2.5% of 800,000 CNY


Setting up a company in China offers access to a dynamic market, but the process requires careful planning and understanding of regulatory requirements and taxation. Consultation with experts is recommended to navigate through the complexities of registration and compliance.

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