Once you have formed your Georgia LLC, you must stay on top of your state’s filing deadlines in order to stay in good standing and avoid unnecessary fines or penalties.
This article answers the following questions for a Georgia LLC:
What Is an Annual Registration?
In Georgia, an annual registration (also known as an annual report) is a regular filing that your LLC must complete every year to update your business information, including:
- Company address
- Registered agent name and address
The purpose of this report is to keep your business records up to date with the State of Georgia. 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 state taxes.
How Do I File an Annual Registration?
You can file your Georgia LLC annual registration through the Secretary of State’s eCorp website. There are two filing options: “Annual Registration With No Changes” or “Annual Registration With Changes.” Select your option, select the registration period, then search for your business.
File Your Georgia Annual Registration
File Online or by Mail With the Georgia Secretary of State
Fee: $50 online, $60 by mail
Office of Secretary of State
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE
Suite 313 W. Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Due Date: Georgia LLC annual registrations are due between January 1 and April 1 every year.
Late Filings: Any annual registration received after April 1 will result in a $25 late fee. Failure to file an annual registration within 60 days of the due date could result in the dissolution of your Georgia LLC.
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:
- Avoid late filing penalties: The Secretary of State can dissolve a Georgia LLC if it does not file an annual registration. A registered agent service will notify you when reports are due, and they can also submit the filing for you for an additional fee.
- Gain flexibility: A registered agent service can receive and send documents for your LLC during regular business hours so that you don’t have to be on the job from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.
- Maintain privacy: Using a registered agent service allows you to keep your personal address off of public records, ensuring your privacy. Additionally, if someone sues your LLC, the lawsuit will be served to the registered agent’s address rather than your place of business.
Learn more about getting a Georgia registered agent by reading our guide.