How to File Your 2021 Annual Report

Last updated: October 29, 2020
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Filing a Florida Business Entity’s Annual Report for 2021

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Objective:

  • To file a Florida business entity’s annual report by the deadline of May 1st, 2021, in order to avoid late fees or having the company administratively dissolved by the State. 

Entities:

  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Liability Partnerships and Limited Liability Limited Partnerships 
  • Profit Corporations, Benefit Corporations, and Social Purpose Corporations
  • Non-Profits (Both Exempt and Non-Exempt) 

Additional Information:

Florida’s Division of Corporations requires every business operating within the state to file an annual report by May 1st of each year. There are a lot of companies out there who will take care of this for you for an additional cost – sometimes hundreds of dollars on top of the filing fee – when the process is, in fact, fairly simple. You’re more than capable of doing it yourself in five or ten minutes by following the instructions we’ve included below. All you’ll need is a credit card to pay the annual report filing fee, your company’s Document Number, and if this is your first time filing, your business’s Federal Employer Identification Number.

Not filing on time could mean incurring a $400.00 Late Penalty Fee in addition to the annual report filing fee. Not filing at all will cause your business to be administratively dissolved by the state of Florida, and you’ll need to pay even more money and fill out even more paperwork if you want to get it reinstated.

Annual Report Filing Fees

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The required annual report filing fee depends on your business entity. It breaks down as follows:

  • Profit Corporation Filing Fee – $150.00
  • Non-Profit Filing Fee – $61.25
  • Limited Liability Company Filing Fee – $138.75
  • Limited Partnership or Limited Liability Limited Partnership Filing Fee – $500.00

How to File Your Annual Report in Florida

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  1. Find your business on Sunbiz by visiting the Florida State Division of Corporation’s website.
  2. Once you find your business name, write down the Document Number.
  3. If this is your first time filing, you will also need your Federal Employer Identification Number.
  4. Next, go to the Annual Report Section on Sunbiz by clicking here.
  5. Write your Document Number in the space provided and hit “Submit.”
  6. You should see a screen listing your company’s current information on record with the Department.
  7. Review and make any necessary changes. 
  8. Submit your payment. Once your payment is processed and posted, you can download a free copy of your annual report for your company records.
Pro Tip: Do you want a certificate of status? A certificate of status is an official document from the State of Florida confirming that your business has filed its annual report. It requires an additional $5.00 fee. However, a certificate of status is not required by Florida law.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is an annual report?

Your company’s annual report is used to update or confirm the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations’ records. One must be filed each year in order for your business to maintain “active status” with the Department, whether or not you need to make any alterations. 

Q: What happens if I don’t file an annual report?

Failure to file an annual report by the third Friday of September will cause your business to be administratively dissolved and revoked from the Department’s records the following Friday.

Q: If my business has closed, do I still need to file an annual report?

There is no need to for businesses that have closed to file an annual report. 

Q: How long does it take until my annual report to post on Sunbiz?

If your annual report was filed online and paid for using a credit card, then it will be processed and posted immediately. However, if paying by check or money order, then your annual report will be posted in the order that it was received. 

Q: Can I make changes when filing my annual report?

When filing your annual report, you can make changes including the following:

  • Adding, deleting, or changing the names and/or addresses of any officers, directors, managers, or authorized members. General partners can only have their addresses amended. 
  • Changing the registered agent and the registered office address.
  • Changing the company’s principal office address and its mailing address. 
  • Adding or changing the federal employer identification number.

A business cannot, however, change its name when filing its annual report. 

Q: How do I make changes if I’ve already filed this year’s annual report? 

Limited liability companies and corporations have the option of filing an amended annual report if they wish to make changes after the initial filing. The filing fee for corporations is $61.25, while the filing fee for LLCs is $50.00. Limited partnerships and limited liability limited partnerships, on the other hand, must complete and file an amendment form

Thank you for reading our guide to filing your annual report for your Florida business. If you have any questions about filing annual reports, schedule a phone consultation with our Florida business attorney. Our firm offers an annual report filing service to our clients for $120.00 plus state filing fees.

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