ALERT!!! Florida Corporations Annual Reports

Officers of Florida Corporations are advised to be on the lookout for two notices, one actually from the State of Florida, the 2013 ANNUAL REPORT, and another from a "for profit" commercial company which might be mistaken for an "official notice" from the state about "annual minutes".

The notice from the State of Florida about THE 2013 ANNUAL REPORT should not be ignored.  Corporations are required to file an Annual Report each year of their existence beginning with the calendar year after the initial filing of the corporate charter.  This notice will likely come via email, although some may receive a notice via the Post Office.  The Annual Report requires corporations to notify the state of changes in Directors, Registered Agents and addresses or to confirm that there are no changes from the prior year and to pay the state an ANNUAL FEE.  If paid in a timely manner, the fee has been $150 per year (there is an additional fee for registering a change in the Registered Agent).  If paid late, the fee jumps to $400.  The Annual Report can be filed and paid for on line with a credit card via the state's sunbiz.org website.

The State of Florida has posted the following notice on it's website:

CONSUMER ALERT:   Please be aware that COMPLIANCE SERVICES or CORPORATE RECORDS SERVICE (not to be confused with the Florida corporation, Compliance Services, Inc.) is mailing notices to business entities requesting that "Annual Minutes" and a fee of $125.00 be sent to them for filing. These notices are NOT from the Dept. of State, Division of Corporations. "Annual Minutes" are NOT required to be filed with any agency. They are to be kept by the business entity itself. Do NOT confuse these notices with the messages sent by the Division of Corporations reminding each business entity to file its 2012 Annual Report. 

Although "Annual Minutes" are important, most corporate principals should be capable of completing them without the aid of these for profit services.  For assistance contact your local SCORE Chapter office.