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Closing a Business and Czech Trade License Cancellation Steps in 2024

If you want to legally close your Trade License and prevent future debts from unpaid deposits, you need to follow several steps to deregister with various authorities and stop making monthly contribution payments. Below, we've outlined the necessary steps for canceling your trade license and deregistering with all relevant authorities in the Czech Republic.

Step 1: Trade License Cancellation or Pausing

Your first step is to cancel or pause your Czech trade license. Deactivate your IČO (business registration number) at živnostenský úřad (trade license office). Once your IČO number is deactivated, you should stop invoicing as your business is closed and your business number is deactivated.
However, deregistering other authorities in the next steps is important to avoid debts and penalties from authorities.

Step 2: Social Tax Deregistration

Following the trade license cancellation, you must apply for social tax registration cancellation at the Social Tax office. This deregistration sets up the cancellation of the upcoming social security deposits. If you don't cancel your social tax registration, the social tax office will be expecting deposit payments from you which might create debts and penalties.

Step 3: Health Insurance Cancellation

After your trade license is canceled, you should also cancel your Czech health insurance. This deregistration secures the cancellation of the upcoming health insurance deposits. If you don't cancel health insurance deregistration, the health insurance provider will be expecting deposit payments from you, leading to debts and penalties.
If you have family members living in the Czech Republic and have health insurance under your trade license, you should also deregister their health insurance. Alternatively, if you qualify, you can register yourself or your family as self-payers of health insurance.

Step 4: Income Tax Office Deregistration

Next, you should deregister from income tax with the financial tax office and cancel your Czech Tax Identification Number (TIN). Starting from 1.1.2024, DIČ (Tax Identification Number) registration or cancellation is not mandatory. That is why tax office employees might deny deregistration application forms for Income Tax. You need this confirmation of tax cancellation, for example, in your country of origin for new tax residency purposes.
Therefore, it's important to negotiate with the tax office, explaining the importance of having Czech Tax number cancellation and proposing to them to issue you proof of cancellation

Step 5: VAT Deregistration

If you had been registered for VAT or Light VAT, you should cancel VAT registration additionally after you cancel your trade license. VAT is not canceled when the Tax number is canceled. Not canceling the VAT number on time can cause penalties of up to 500,000 CZK. Do not forget to declare all pending invoices that you issued to companies registered in the EU for VAT reports.

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Step 6: Flat Tax Deregistration

The flat tax is not canceled when you cancel your income tax or trade license. If you don't cancel the flat tax at the Tax office of your district, the tax office will be expecting flat tax payments, resulting in debts for monthly flat tax payments. Additionally, these debts can trigger unnecessary penalties for late payments.

Step 7: Tax Advance Deposit Deregistration

If you have upcoming Tax Advance Deposits, you should cancel them too. Otherwise, you will have debts to Tax Office due to penalties.

Income tax and Contributions audits

Please, note that you should file an income tax report declaration for the current year even if your trade license wasn’t active for the full year. Otherwise, it will create problems and penalties with the financial tax office. Also, don't forget to get audits from social and health insurance to check if you owe any monthly deposit payments.

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