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A Beginner’s Guide to Annual Reports Part One: The Annual Report Requirement

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Filing  An Annual Report
Once a new business entity forms, there are a number of statutory requirements the entity must satisfy in order to maintain its good standing. Specific requirements vary by state and entity type, but the most common post-formation requirement is the filing of an Annual Report.  Nearly every state requires a periodic report from an entity to confirm or update the information the entity provided at the time of formation.

This week, we begin a new blog series to share information on the Annual Report requirement, the process for filing Annual Reports and the consequences of a missed Annual Report filing deadline.

With only a few exceptions, every corporation, non-profit corporation, limited liability company (LLC), limited partnership (LP) and limited liability partnership (LLP) is required to file an Annual Report in every state where it is authorized to do business.

>> Watch our FREE on-demand webinar, CRITICAL COMPLIANCE: A Beginner's Guide to Annual Reports

The primary purpose of an Annual Report is to provide the public with the information they need to locate and communicate with a business entity, so the information required is usually fairly basic: the entity’s legal name, principal office address, name and address for the entity’s registered agent and the name and address for officers and directors/members and managers/partners, etc.

Some states, however, use data from an Annual Report to determine the amount of franchise tax an entity owes. In these states, an entity will need to provide additional information, which may include the number of authorized shares, par value and details regarding the entity’s income and business assets.

When filing an annual report, you will want to research the state specific requirements in advance to be sure you have all of the necessary information at hand to avoid untimely or incomplete filing.

>> Learn More! Read A Beginner's Guide to Annual Reports Part Two: Filing an Annual Report

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For informational purposes only; content does not constitute legal advice. 

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