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The Florida Department of State is currently sending email reminders to file your Annual Report. These reports are due May 1, 2019 and there is no waiver of the $400 late fee if you miss this deadline.
There are a number of companies that will mail a very official looking document stating that your Annual Report is due, and their paper form must be filled out and mailed with payment – these are all SCAMS.
How To Safely File:
The legitimate email notice will state that it is from the Florida Department of State; Subject: Official 2019 Annual Report Notice for: [Name of your corporate entity].
This email will direct you to file online at www.sunbiz.org
Florida Department of State fees for the annual registration of corporate entities are:
- Limited liability company: $138.75
- Corporation: $150.00
Watch For These Scams
F.C.F.S. – Florida Corporate Filing Services. This company sends you a notice requesting about $47 for a Certificate of Status. In another scam they may request $125 for filing corporate minutes.
Corporate Filing Services Center. This group requests about $68 for a certificate of status. Scam.
Scam #3: C.F.S – Certificate Filing Service. This has very official looking, high-quality paper. They will request about $49 for a certificate of status. Also a scam!