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Q & A for Application for Business Registration Through the Internet

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1.

Q:

Internet business registration application under eTAX are available to which types of business?

 
 

A:

eTAX provides Internet business registration application for the following three types of business:

  • sole proprietorship
  • partnership
  • Branch of all types of businesses

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2.

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Is the application for business registration through the eTAX secure?

 
 

A:

Yes. Please refer to our eTAX Security Statement.

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3.

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Can a company open an "eTAX Account" for digital signing and submission of application for branch registration?

 
 

A:

No. At present, only individuals can open "eTAX Accounts".

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4.

Q:

Am I required to submit a copy of my Hong Kong Identity Card after making the application for business registration through the Internet?

 
 

A:

If you apply for registration of a sole proprietorship business or a branch, you are not required to submit a copy of your Hong Kong Identity Card as the business operator's identity has already been verified. However, if you apply for registration of a partnership business, the Business Registration Office will request you to provide a copy of Hong Kong Identity Card of other partners.

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5.

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How can I authenticate the application?

 
 

A:

For business or branch registration by sole proprietorship and partnership business

  • sole proprietor's or the applicant partner's eTAX Password, MyGovHK Password (already linked up with eTAX account) or recognized personal digital certificate, or
  • the recognized organizational digital certificate of the business


For branch registration by company

  • the recognized organizational digital certificate of the company

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6.

Q:

How can I make the payment for business registration fee and/or levy when I submit the application for business registration through the eTAX?

 
 

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You can make the payment for business registration fee and/or levy by Visa card, MasterCard or PPS.

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7.

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How can I know whether my application for business registration has been successfully submitted through the Internet?

 
 

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After you have paid the business registration fee and/or levy through the Internet, an acknowledgement bearing a Transaction Reference Number will be shown on your computer screen immediately. You are advised to print the acknowledgement or save it for record purposes.

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8.

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If I discover that some errors were made in the application after having submitted it through the eTAX, how can I rectify the errors?

 
 

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You should give a duly signed written notice to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue with particulars including your name, capacity, name of the company/business, transaction reference number of the application, business registration number (if any), and details of the amendment. You should not use the paper business registration application form for this purpose.

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9.

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Can I apply for business registration through the eTAX on or after 21 February 2011 although my application is out of time? For example, I commenced to carry on business on 5 October 2009.

 
 

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Yes. The system will determine the business registration fee and/or levy payable for the registration certificate commencing on 5 October 2010, i.e. the latest anniversary date of commencement of your business. If the application is accepted, Business Registration Office will issue a Business Registration Certificate commencing on 5 October 2010, and follow up the business registration matters for the period from 5 October 2009 to 4 October 2010.