In Florida, an annual report is a required filing that updates the state of Florida with the company’s key information, including the mailing address, name and address of the registered agent, and names of the authorized representatives of the company.
An LLC must file an annual report every year with the Florida Department of State using the department’s Florida Sunbiz service at www.sunbiz.org.
The annual report filing requirement using Sunbiz ensures that that anyone interested can get current contact and service information about a company. For example, if a person wanted to know who is currently authorized to sign for a company, they could find that information on the annual report filing on Sunbiz for the company. Similarly, if a potential creditor needed to serve a company with a lawsuit, the creditor could look up the registered agent information on the Sunbiz Florida entry.
Annual Report Filing Fees
Florida charges filing fees, or registration fees, when filing an annual report online at Sunbiz. The annual report fees include:
- LLC: $138.75
- Corporation: $150.00
- Non-profit Corporation: $61.25
- Limited Partnership: $500
The high cost of limited partnership filing fees in Florida compared to other entities is one of several reasons why it typically makes more sense to file an LLC.
Florida Annual Report Notice
Every year, the state of Florida will email the contact person for an LLC or other company with an official annual report notice. The email notice will provide a document number, which is a 6 or 12 digit number that identifies the company on Sunbiz.
The annual report notice will provide a link to www.sunbiz.org, where you can pay the filing fee and confirm if any details have changed for the company in the past year. Filing the annual report is usually a quick process if no details have changed.
Annual Report Deadline and Late Fees
The deadline for filing an annual report in Florida is May 1. The late fee is $400.
This means that if the LLC or company fails to file the annual report online by May 1, then the company will have to pay an additional $400 to keep the company active when it eventually does file the report.
If the company does not file the third Friday in September of any given year, then the company will be administratively dissolved.
Certificate of Status
A certificate of status is not required for any company or LLC in Florida. All that is required for a newly formed company is to file the corporate formation documents online on Sunbiz and to pay the required fee.
Some for-profit companies will reach out to the owners of newly formed companies and offer to provide a certificate of status or corporate minutes for the new company. Some of these companies include:
- Corporate Filing Services
- Corporate Filing Services Center
- Certificate Filing Services
Often the letters from these companies look very official, making it appear that paying more for the certificate of status is something a new company needs to pay for.
Some of our clients have asked us about receiving mail from a Corporate Filing Services, or similar company, and we generally advise to throw it away.
Common Questions About Annual Reports in Florida
How much does it cost to file an annual report in Florida?
The cost to filing an annual report in Florida for an LLC is $138.75. Other types of companies pay higher amounts usually.
Who needs to file the annual report in Florida?
Any company registered in Florida, whether it be an LLC, partnership, or corporation, must file an annual report every year.
How do you file the annual report in Florida?
Each year, the Division of Corporations for the State of Florida will email the company an annual report filing notice. The notice will contain the document number for the company and will direct the company to www.sunbiz.org where it can file the report.
What happens if you don’t file an annual report?
If a company in Florida does not file an annual report by the third Friday of September in any given year, the company will be administratively dissolved.
Last updated on June 1, 2021