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 800.533.7272—we’re here to help!