CIPC registers Companies and Co-operatives. It is not necessary for all businesses to formalise by registering with the CIPC. For some businesses, such as informal businesses and sole proprietors, there may not be sufficient benefits.

Businesses that wish to transact with government and the formal sector, or that wish to access certain types of government support, are generally required to be registered with the CIPC. For these businesses, there may also be tax benefits to registration, as registered businesses have a lower tax rate than individuals. Even though you may not be registered with the CIPC, you will still have to be registered with the South African Revenue Services and will still be liable for tax if your turnover exceeds the prescribed threshold.

Registering a business is simple and inexpensive if you follow the steps outlined on our website, the first step being registered as a CIPC customer. However, it brings with it certain responsibilities, irrespective of whether the business is trading. For example, you will need to file an annual return and pay an annual fee.