Nevada: Bill Ends the Business License Exemption for Film Companies

Nevada Assembly Bill 6effective July 1, 2017—removed the business license exemption for film companies within the state, which had been in state law for more than a decade. Previously, if the primary purpose of an entity was to create or produce motion pictures in Nevada, you were entitled to a 005 exception. Now, these entities are required to obtain a state business registration and pay an annual fee. To read the bill, go here. For additional information, contact our Nevada office at 888.972.7273.

 

California: Notice of Change to Certified Copies of Documents

Parasec recently received notification from the California Secretary of State (CA SOS) that an internal business audit has determined that the CA SOS’s Business Programs Division has not been applying the statutory fee applicable to certified copy requests correctly. Instead of charging a flat $5 certification fee per request (in addition to copy and counter fees), they were supposed to be charging the $5 certification fee per document. Therefore, in addition to the copy fee of $1.00 for the first page and $ 0.50 for each additional page, the $5.00 statutory fee for a certified copy of a filed document will be applied uniformly within the Business Programs Division to counter and mail requests. (See Government Code section 12183(a).) For example, a $5 certification fee was being charged for a certified copy of articles with three amendments, but the certification fee should have been $20. Effective August 1, 2017, the state will start charging the correct amount.

Washington: Possible Department of Licensing Suspension of Services starting July 1

The Washington Department of Licensing issued a warning on its website of the possible full or partial shutdown of services starting July 1 due to a budget impasse in the legislature. If the legislature fails to approve the operating and capital budgets for the 2017–19 biennium by June 30, many services (including Uniform Commercial Code and notary services) will be suspended until the budgets are approved. For more on the possible shutdown and what services may be impacted, go here.

Nevada: Tax Rate Increase in Washoe and Clark counties

The Nevada Department of Taxation is trying to get the word out regarding a sales tax rate increase in Washoe and Clark counties that went into effect April 1, 2017. Apparently, some businesses are reaching out to the department saying that they were not informed of the increase. If you’re business operates in either of those counties, please see below for specific information regarding the rate increase.

Washoe County
Effective April 1, 2017, the Sales and Use Tax rate for Washoe County increased from 7.725% to 8.265%.

Clark County
Effective April 1, 2017, the Sales and Use Tax rate for Clark County increased from 8.15% to 8.25%.

If you have any questions, please contact the Parasec Nevada office at 888.972.7273. You can also reach out to the Department of Taxation’s call center directly at 866.962.3707.

Delaware: Special Schedule for Division of Corporations on June 9

On Friday, June 9 an off-site employee recognition event is planned for all the employees of the Department of State Division of Corporations. Staff members will be departing at 11:30 a.m., and there will not be an evening shift. This schedule change will mean:

  • There will be no Priority 3 (same-day service) or Priority 5 (“must approvals”) available.
  • All 30-minute and Priority 1 (one-hour service) must be received by 10:00 a.m.
  • Priority 2 (two-hour service) must be received by 9:00 a.m.
  • All Priority 4 (24-hour service) must be received by 12:00 p.m.

Give our Delaware office a call at 888.372.7273 if you have any questions.

Wyoming: Changes to Notice Requirements Relating to Business Entities

Effective July 1, 2017, Wyoming House Bill 0023 permits the Wyoming Secretary of State (WY SOS) to send notices via first class mail and/or electronic means—including email—rather than by certified mail. Additionally, the bill allows the WY SOS to return rejected documents within 15 days instead of five days, and eliminates the publication of notice that a LLP’s registration has lapsed. To read the bill in its entirety, click here.

Hawaii: Second Quarter Annual Business Reports

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Business Registration Division (BREG) has issued a reminder that annual reports for entities that incorporated/qualified in April, May or June are due by June 30th every year after. That said, Hawaii annual reports can be filed at any time during the quarter in which the annual filing is due…so don’t delay! Failure to meet the deadline results in a $10 penalty per year, which really isn’t much, but there’s no point in incurring unnecessary late fees, right? For filing-related questions or assistance, give our registered agent department, Paracorp, a call at 888.272.3725 or email paracorp@myparacorp.com.

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