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Updating Your Corporate Records: Annual Registration Reminder

Each year it is essential to keep business records current. This e-alert provides important information on these compliance requirements and why you should “attend to your corporate housekeeping.”

Annual Registration(s)

Georgia Entities

The annual registration renewal period has begun for officers and registered agents of business entities in Georgia. The deadline for the annual registration renewal period in Georgia is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Business entities that fail to renew by the deadline will be charged a $25 late fee and risk being administratively dissolved.

The Georgia Secretary of State encourages online renewal of business entities. When creating your account, please be sure to include a valid email address to allow for future renewal notices and important notifications.

Non-Georgia Entities

Entities registered in states other than Georgia (and which have not “qualified to do business in Georgia”) will need to check with the appropriate state’s Secretary of State for local filing requirements.

Please note each state has varying deadlines for annual registrations. This table provides the annual registration deadlines and filing fees for Delaware, Georgia, Florida and Nevada. Please contact us for information regarding other jurisdictions.

Annual Registration Services

MendenFreiman is happy to file your annual registrations for a nominal fee of $75 per entity (plus applicable filing fees), or we can serve as Registered Agent for an annual fee of $300 per entity (plus applicable filing fees).

Business License(s)

Business licenses are renewed annually (from the date of the filing) within the city and/or county of the business. Please contact your city or county for more information.

Attend to Your Corporate Housekeeping

Keeping your business records up to date is critical to preserve the integrity and separate identity of your corporation or LLC. By maintaining records that are current and specific to your entity’s business operations, you reaffirm that your business entity has “life” apart from the owners and should be respected as a separate entity by potential creditors.

Please contact Max Lafer, our Corporate Associate, or Cindy Landreau, our Corporate Paralegal, if you have any questions.

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