Q & A for Application for Business Registration Through the Internet
eTAX provides Internet business registration application for the following three types of business:
- sole proprietorship
- partnership (other than limited partnership fund)
- Branch of all types of businesses
No. At present, only individuals can open "eTAX Accounts".
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.
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), recognized personal digital certificate or iAM Smart+, or
- the recognized organizational digital certificate of the business
For branch registration by company
- the recognized organizational digital certificate of the company
You can make the payment for business registration fee and/or levy by JCB, Visa, MasterCard, UnionPay or PPS.
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.
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.
Yes. The system will determine the business registration fee and/or levy payable for the registration certificate commencing on 5 October 2019, 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 2019, and follow up the business registration matters for the period from 5 October 2017 to 4 October 2019.