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KEMP: DON’T FORGET TO RENEW YOUR GEORGIA BUSINESS BY APRIL 1
ATLANTA – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds officers and agents of business entities registered in Georgia that the annual registration renewal deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016.
Georgia law requires all corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships to file annual registrations with the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division and pay the associated renewal fee. If a business fails to renew by the deadline, it must pay a $25.00 late filing penalty fee or risk administrative dissolution.
To make annual renewal easier, the Secretary of State’s Office announced in December a new and improved Corporations website at https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov . During the registration period, officers and registered agents can visit the website without having to log into the system and select one of two options: “One Click Annual Registration” if there are no changes to be made to their business filings or “Express Annual Registration” to update contact information or make other changes.
Users can take advantage of several new video tutorials – including the Walking Dead-inspired “The End Is Near ” – to better navigate the eCorp interface. Over 370,458 Georgia businesses have already e-filed their annual registrations, 96,965 more registrations than the same date this time last year.
“The new eCorp website is a great example of how technology can make government work better for all Georgia businesses, and I’m proud of my team for putting together such an effective business tool for our customers,” said Kemp. “Now, you just type in your business’s name or control number on the new website and breeze through check-out without having to track down a username and password.”
Customers can still log in to https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/Account to view or download their business’s receipts, notices, and other correspondence in one convenient location. All customers are encouraged to renew their existing business entities and provide at least one valid email address with their filing for future renewal notices and important notifications.
In addition to online registration on the new Corporations website, customers also have the option to file hard copy annual registrations in person or mail annual registrations with a check or money order to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office at one of three locations: the Corporations Division in Atlanta, the Professional Licensing Boards Division in Macon, or the agency’s South Georgia office in Tifton. Cash is not an acceptable form of payment for renewal or registration fees.
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders. For more information about the office, go to www.sos.ga.gov v,https://www.facebook.com/BrianKempGA , or on Twitter @BrianKempGA .
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