What is an Annual Report?
One of the requirements of maintaining a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or corporation in Washington is filing an Annual Report. The Annual Report is used to confirm and update the company’s information each year with the Washington Secretary of State.
The Annual Report is different from the Initial Report, which is due within 120 days of your entity being formed.
How to File a Washington Annual Report
You have the option of filing your Corporation and LLC Annual Report online or by mail. To file online, visit the Washington Secretary of State’s website, otherwise, you can download and fill out the Annual Report.
The report asks for information such as:
- Legal name of the entity
- Contact information for the Registered Agent
- Principal office address of the entity
- Phone number and email of the business
- Nature of the business
- Name and address of the officers, directors, members, and/or managers
Processing is immediate when filing online or 7-10 business days when filing by mail.
Washington Annual Report Cost
The Annual Report filing fee for either the Corporation or LLC in Washington is $60.
Annual Report Renewal Due Date
The Annual Report is due by the last day of the anniversary month the entity was formed. For example, if your LLC or Corporation was formed June 1st, 2021, the deadline for the first Annual Report will be June 31st, 2022. The formation date can be found on the filed copy of your Articles of Incorporation (Corporations) or Certificate of Formation (LLC).
The Washington Secretary of State’s office emails a renewal notice reminder in advance of the Annual Report due date. Even though a renewal notice is sent, it’s important to make an additional reminder for yourself should you not receive it.
Annual Report Filing ServiceIf you would rather use a service that guarantees the annual report is filed on-time, check out the annual report filing service through Northwest.
Who needs to file an annual report?
Domestic and foreign corporations and LLCs are required to file an annual report each year after the year the company was formed.
My business made little or no money. Do I still have to file the Annual Report?
Even if your Washington LLC or Corporation received no income or had no business activity, the Annual Report is still required to be filed.
What happens if you don’t file the Annual Report on time?
If the Annual Report isn’t filed on time, a $25 penalty is assessed. If the report isn’t within four months of the due date, the entity will be administratively dissolved by the Secretary of State.
Washington Secretary of State Contact Information
Washington Secretary of State
Division of Corporations
PO Box 40234
Olympia, WA 98504-0234
If you have questions, they can be contacted at (360)725-0377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.