Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Several of my clients have received official looking notices from Annual Filing Division demanding that they complete the California Statement of Information and include a fee of $195.00. While many of the claims made by this company are accurate, this solicitation is only a razor thin line away from outright fraud. Unquestionably, it is designed to prey upon the busy small business exec that is unfamiliar with the process but realizes that something has to be filed annually.
The form letter is designed to look as if it came from the State of California but there is a disclaimer at the bottom indicating that Annual Filing Division is not a government agency.
Any corporation or LLC can file the annual Statement of Information themselves and the filing fee is $25.00. Forms and instructions here. Corporations can file online at the Secretary of State's office here.
If in doubt? Ask us. Or your attorney.