Last week we blogged about Brazil joining the Hague Apostille Convention. Well, this month will also see both Morocco and Chile entering into forceon August 14th and August 30th, respectively. Both countries are bound by the “Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the ‘Apostille Convention’)”meaning they will no longer legalize any documents (e.g. school, public or private) issued in the United States.

The two countries started the process of becoming members of the convention in late 2015. The Hague Conference currently has 81 members and 68 connected states.

For more information on these changes or for help with apostilles, authentications, legalizations and certifications, contact the Parasec apostille team at apostilles@parasec.com or call 888.672.7273.

Effective August 14, the Consulate General of Brazil will no longer legalize any documents (e.g. school, public or private) issued in the United States. This change is the result of Brazil joining the Hague Apostille Convention. As such, American documents will simply need to be accompanied by an “apostille” issued by the Secretary of State of the state where the document was issued. Additionally, Brazilian documents will no longer be required to be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministério das Relações Exteriores) in order to be valid in the United States. Documents issued by non-Hague countries will still need legalization by the consulate in the country where they were issued.

Please note: Foreign documents legalized before August 14, 2016 by embassies and consular offices in Hague Party Countries will only be accepted in Brazil until February 14, 2017.

For more information on these changes, contact the Parasec apostille team at apostilles@parasec.com or call 888.672.7273.

A couple of weeks ago we blogged about the Nevada Commerce Tax Return, which is due on August 15, 2016, and can be filed electronically or on a hard copy. For those needing a little more time to file, the Nevada Department of Taxation has confirmed that businesses can apply for a 30-day extension. To do so, simply compose a “free-style” letter indicating that you are requesting an extension. Be sure to include your business’s legal name, Taxpayer ID number, and the taxable year for which the extension is requested.

Requests can be faxed to 775.684.2020 or mailed to:

Nevada Department of Taxation
1550 E College Parkway, Suite 115
Carson City, NV 89706

Two Louisiana bills, both effective August 1, 2016, have been enacted in order to amend the Business Corporation Act. Louisiana House Bill 284 requires restated articles of incorporation to include the original articles of incorporation, in addition to removing the 30-day grace period for filing corrected annual reports. Louisiana House Bill 714 amends the act to include changes made to the Model Business Corporation Act, as well as passing a transition rule for the reinstatement of corporations whose charter was revoked before January 1, 2015.

To read House Bill 284 in its entirety, go here.

For the complete copy of House Bill 714, go here.

While reviewing the bills, please note that deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline.

One of our clients recently reached out to us regarding the legitimacy of a document they received in the mail from an entity called Florida Compliance Board (see image below). The letter implies that failure to complete the document and submit a payment of $526.50 by September 9, 2016 could result in the LLC being administratively dissolved by the state. While the state fees listed are accurate, the company is charging its own filing fee of $149 in order to complete the filing.

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. In fact, the document does admit as much at the very end, which is always something to look for when questioning the legitimacy of something you receive in the mail. Here’s what it says:

Note: Florida Compliance Board is a document filing service and is not affiliated with any government agency, including the Florida Department of State. You may file for Reinstatement [sic] directly with the State on their Sunbiz site.

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 800.533.7272we’re here to help!

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It’s not uncommon for periodic amendments to be made to the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act and the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Actin an effort to keep the acts current and to maintain their “national preeminence.” The latest updates are the result of House Bill 367 and House Bill 367, which were signed by the governor June 22 and become effective August 1. Among the changes being implemented is the removal of the rule that approval and consents must be in writing.

House Bill 367: A synopsis of the original bill can be found here. If you’re interested in reading the bill in its entirety, go here.

House Bill 368: A summary of the bill can be viewed here. For the whole scoop, read the entire bill here.

While reviewing the bills, please note that deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline.

 

Last year, the state of Nevada enacted Senate Bill 483, which imposed an annual commerce tax on any entity engaged in business within the state whose gross revenue in a fiscal year exceeds $4,000,000. That said, even if your business does not make that amount or is exempt from Nevada business license fees, it is still required to file the Commerce Tax Returneven though there is no tax liability due.

The Department of Taxation has been alerting businesses (via snail mail) that they are pre-registered for the commerce tax based on business license information provided to them by the Nevada Secretary of State. If you have received this notification from the department, you will find it provides you with a pre-approved code for use on the Nevada Tax Center’s online system.

The Commerce Tax Return is due 45 days following the end of the fiscal year ending June 30. This year, the first return is due on August 15, 2016, and can be filed electronically or on a hard copy.

To file electronically beginning in August, go to: https://www.nevadatax.nv.gov/

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the State of Nevada Department of Taxation’s call center at 866.962.3707 or by visiting http://tax.nv.gov.
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