Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant has announced the number of business owners filing their annual reports online has hit a record high.
As of June 5, the Secretary of State’s office had received 9.358 online annual report filings through the website www.business4wv.com. This is an increase of more than 2,000 from this time last year.
Any limited liability companies (LLC), professional limited liability companies (PLLC), or corporations authorized to transact business in the State of West Virginia must file an annual report each year with the Secretary of State’s office. The deadline for LLC’s and PLLC’s to file online without having to pay a late fee was June 1. This is the first year online filing has been available for corporations and more than 3,500 of those reports have been received by the Secretary of State’s office.
Online filing saves time and provides immediate and accurate integration of customers’ updates into the Secretary of State’s database. Filers will receive electronic confirmation when the Secretary of State’s Office accepts the filing.
“Filing online means business owners can focus on product and not paperwork,” Tennant said. “And the best thing about filing online is that you can do it anytime. Business4wv.com is up 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And your information is instantly entered into our database. There’s no delay in waiting for the information to be mailed to Charleston, and then another delay in being one of the thousands of reports we enter manually. Filing online saves everyone time and money.”
More than 50,000 business owners filed their reports by mailing them to the Secretary of State’s office.
The number of LLC and PLLC owners filing annual reports online has steadily increased over the past four years. 1,873 reports were filed online in 2005; 3,008 in 2006; 3,949 in 2007; and 5,150 in 2008. The Secretary of State’s office has already received 5,685 online filings in 2009.
In addition to annual reports, more than 1,600 new businesses have filed registration papers online this year.