What Is a Biennial Report?
In the District of Columbia, a biennial report is a regular filing that your LLC must complete every two years. The report is essentially updating your registered agent address and paying a $300 fee, as well as your biennial franchise tax. All LLCs are required to file their biennial report with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
The purpose of this report is to keep your business records up to date with the District of Columbia. This allows creditors and other interested parties to look up your business address in case they need to contact you. The government uses this information to track the payment of your LLC's district taxes.
Learn more about annual reports by reading our article, What is an LLC Annual Report?
How Do I File?
You can file your LLC’s biennial report through the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs website. You will need to log into your D.C. CorpOnline account to be able to file.
Filing deadlines: The District of Columbia's Biennial Report is due by April 1st on the year following your LLC’s formation. For example, if you form your LLC in November of 2019, then you would file your first biennial report in April of 2020, and every other year thereafter.
Penalties for late filings: The District of Columbia charges a $100 fee for late filings.
Should I Use a Registered Agent Service?
A registered agent is a person or business nominated by your company to officially receive and send papers on your behalf. By using a registered agent service, you can ensure that your LLC's reports are always filed on time to the appropriate government agency. Here are the three main advantages to using a registered agent service for your LLC:
1. Avoid penalties of late filing: In the District of Columbia, an LLC will be fined $100 for each late filing, and may also lose its good standing. A registered agent service will notify you when reports are due, and they can also submit the filing for you for an additional fee.
- 2. You will have flexibility: A registered agent can receive and send documents for your LLC during regular business hours, so that you have to be on the job from 9-5 every week. You can also use a registered agent service to form an LLC in other states where you don't already have an established business presence.
- 3. You will have privacy: Using a registered agent allows you to keep your personal address off of public records, ensuring your personal privacy. Additionally, in the unfortunate event that your LLC is sued, the lawsuit will be served to the registered agent address, rather than at your place of business in front of your employees.
Learn more about a registered agent by reading our article, What is a Registered Agent?
Recommended: Northwest Registered Agent provides free registered agent service for the first year as part of their LLC Packages.