The Delaware Division of Corporations will be closed on Friday, September 4th through Monday, September 7th as they implement a new computer system. Nothing will be able to be filed, submitted or obtained during the closure. Recognizing the importance to customers of securing filing dates and times, corporate filings will qualify for the “extraordinary condition” for back dating; however, this will not apply to UCC filings. The state will reopen at 8am EST on Tuesday, September 8th. While the new system has undergone extensive testing, as with all major system conversions users should anticipate the possibility of delays associated with unanticipated bugs or connectivity problems that could arise. More information is available on the state’s website, here.


Senate Bill 483 (also known as the Nevada Revenue Plan) will be implemented effective July 1, 2015.  Consequently, the Nevada Secretary of State will implement several changes to the fees that pertain to annual state business licenses (for-profit corporations only), as well as initial and annual lists for all entity types. Since these changes will not be implemented until July 1, any annual lists, initial lists or state business applications for August (or earlier) can be filed before the increased fees are applied. By filing on or before June 30th, 2015, you may avoid paying the increased fees for at least this year.

The fee increases will be as follows:

  • Annual state business license fee for for-profit corporations will increase from $200 to $500 per year. Business license fees for all other entity types will remain the same at $200 per year.
  • Initial and annual list of members/managers or officers will increase by $25 for all entity types.

For more information on the forthcoming changes, please visit the Nevada Secretary of State’s website or contact them at 800.450.8594.

On Friday, June 12, 2015 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 us a call at 800.533.7272 if you have any questions.

One of our clients recently contacted us regarding the legitimacy of a document they received in the mail (see image below). The document was sent by a company calling itself United Certificate Services with an address in Tallahassee, FL. While the document looks official, it is being sent by a company that is in no way related to the Florida Secretary of State or any government agency for that matter. The notice is titled “2014 Certificate of Status Request Form” and appears to be targeting newly registered businesses in the State of Florida. The notice implies that business owners need to complete one final step and remit a payment of $47 to attain a copy of their Florida Certificate of Good Status.

The Florida Department of State’s Division of Corporations has the following disclaimer on its website regarding Certificates of Status:
CONSUMER ALERT: Once an entity is properly formed, incorporated, organized, or registered on the records of this office, it is not required to purchase or receive a certificate of status to be considered a valid business entity or registration. Please disregard any notices or solicitations you may receive to the contrary. These notices are NOT from the Dept. of State, Division of Corporations, or any other state or federal agency.

If you’re ever suspicious of any documentation that you receive, don’t hesitate to call the appropriate state office (if you know who it is) or our offices at 800.533.7272, as we’re here to help!

Certificate of Status Request Form

In mid-March, the West Virginia House of Delegates and the State Senate unanimously agreed to pass Senate Bill 316, also known as the “Boots to Business” bill. The purpose of the bill is to support those who have served our country by waiving registration fees and the first four annual report fees for any new business started by a veteran—a potential savings of up to $200. The Secretary of State’s office will absorb the cost of waiving the fees, meaning taxpayers won’t have to shell out any additional money. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed the bill into law on April 1, meaning registration fee waivers will begin for veteran businesses on July 1, 2015. For more information on the bill, visit the West Virginia Secretary of State website here.

All business entities incorporated, qualified or registered to do business in Maryland as of January 1, 2015 are required to file an annual personal property return with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) by April 15. This return is required for all corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited liability partnerships (LLPs), limited partnerships (LPs), real estate investment trusts (REITs) and business trusts–even if the business owns no property in Maryland or has not conducted any business activity during the year.

The SDAT does send blank forms to the principal office of record; however, the department holds that even if you do not receive the blank form you are still responsible for obtaining and filing one on time. Blank forms as well as 2-month filing extension forms (also due by April 15) can be found online here.


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