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Becoming a Dormant Company during Coronavirus Epidemic

Posted by: Zhorea Garcia
Category: Business in Asia
Becoming a Dormant Company during Coronavirus Epidemic

Doing business in China these days is hard due to the new coronavirus epidemic. Stephane Grand, the managing partner of S.J. Grand Financial Tax and Advisory, shared his valuable experience of starting his accounting firm in Beijing during the SARS crisis.

Check out the article China Business in Times of Coronavirus, an Entrepreneur’s Lessons from SARS

S.J. Grand had received hundreds of messages from entrepreneurs who wanted to keep their firms in China but feared that it would lead to certain failure. They had asked the question of whether they should stay or leave their businesses during those hard times.

However, staying or leaving are not the only options. There is an intermediate alternative that will allow you to postpone this decision while incurring minimal operational costs. This other option is going dormant.

Even if you have already made up your mind about closing down your business in China, you will have to wait for 18 months to complete the process. Hence, why not consider another path that will allow you to resume operations as soon as the uncertainty subsides or to sell your firm at any point in time?

What it means to stay or become dormant

Switching your company into a dormant status means keeping its registration active while stopping all operations and labor relationships. It enables you to resume business at any time.

In mainland China, unlike in Hong Kong, it is permissible to maintain a registration status without having any activities as long as a minimum of compliance work is done.

But since the risks of not fulfilling these requirements include being blacklisted, it is important to be well-informed. Hence, we have prepared a free guide about the benefits and requirements of being dormant in mainland China.

For entrepreneurs or groups that foresee the re-start of their activity in the short term, “dormancy” can be a good option considering its low maintenance cost and its on-going “ready” status. The regulations do not specifically address such status, therefore, the company is facially fully active. We have even seen corporations keep their entity in China for marketing purposes and win overseas deals simply by having a tax ID in China or by using the entity as a billing vehicle.

What if you do not want to go dormant?

If going dormant is not an option, such as if you need to keep a labor force while limiting access to your company’s premises due to the virus, then you need to implement a home office solution.

We offer you a solution to minimize the risk of infection by allowing you to fully comply with Chinese regulations while working remotely. You can ask for more information about Kwikdroid, our multilingual Cloud accounting, and business management solution.

Make an appointment with our experts

S.J. Grand can advise you on the specific advantages or costs for your company to go dormant. We can also advise you on other strategies to reduce your risk exposure and costs in these uncertain times. We offer an initial 20-minute video conference or phone call consultation with our experienced management for RMB 600. You can register for it in your language of choice following this link.

Key takeaways

Do not act on impulse and weigh your options. It may not be easy to make such a decision, and we stand ready to accompany you through the decision-making process and the procedures of going dormant, getting a home solution, or applying other strategies that will help you survive the coronavirus epidemic. The lessons from the SARS crisis will give you enough reasons to stand the test of time. As Stephane Grand said in his article: “For the real entrepreneurs, a crisis, sanitary or otherwise, is an opportunity to be this seedling that survives a forest fire. The competition is gone, it is your time to shine.”

If you want to know more about doing business in China, contact our team for consultation and assistance. Follow us on social media to get the latest news!

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Author: Zhorea Garcia

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