Annual compliance for Hong Kong companies
Companies registered in Hong Kong need to comply with the annual filing requirements
. This applies both to local companies and to the branches or subsidiaries
of a foreign company. The annual returns
are submitted to the Inland Revenue Department
and the Companies Registry.
Annual books of accounts must be kept at the company’s registered office. Public Hong Kong companies must also meet the requirements to provide audited financial statements. The tax year starts on April 1 and ends on March 31 the following year. Tax returns are issued annually on April 1.
Company directors in Hong Kong
must make sure that their company meets these annual demands. Non-compliance results in fines or prosecution. Company owners can choose to employ a specialist to take care of the annual filing requirements
. Professional accounting services
are also for Hong Kong companies in order to meet all of the requirements, especially for foreign investors who are not so accustomed with the annual filing
in the city.
Annual filing for locally registered companies in Hong Kong
Every locally registered company in Hong Kong must meet the requirements and deadlines for the annual delivery of statutory return
s. These provisions are stipulated in the Companies Ordinance
for each type of legal entity.
The followong are part of the statutory returns that must be delivered to the Companies Registry by a local limited liability company
- form NAR1 - annual return: for private companies within 42 days after the anniversary of the incorporation date, each year; for public companies within 42 days after the company’s return date;
- form NR1 – notice of change of registered office address: within 15 days of the change;
- form ND2A – notice of change of company secretary: within 15 days after the change;
Annual filing for non-Hong Kong companies
Registered non-Hong Kong companies
must also meet the requirements for annual statutory returns
. Failure to meet the deliver the annual returns on time results in fines and the prosecution of the company and/or its representative agents in Hong Kong.
Non-Hong Kong companies must deliver the following statutory returns to the Companies Registry and others, accordingly:
- form NN3 – annual return: within 42 days after the annual anniversary of the company’s registration in the city;
- form NN13 – notice of cessation of the place of business in Hong Kong: within 7 days after the cessation.