Once you have formed your Vermont 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 Vermont LLC:
What Is an Annual Report?
- Company address(es)
- Names and addresses of LLC officials (i.e., members, managers, directors, or officers)
The purpose of this report is to keep your business records up to date with the State of Vermont. 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 Report?
You can file your Vermont LLC annual report through the Secretary of State website. If no changes are needed, you can file your annual report without signing in. Otherwise, you must have an online account with the Secretary of State.
File Your Vermont Annual Report
File Online or by Mail With the Vermont Secretary of State
Vermont Secretary of State
128 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05633-1104
Due Date: Vermont LLC annual reports are due every year by the third month after your LLC’s fiscal year-end (i.e., if your LLC’s fiscal year-end is December, your report will be due in March).
Late Filings: Any annual report received after the due date will result in a $25 late fee, and your LLC will lose good standing status with the state. Further failure to file an annual report could result in the dissolution of your Vermont 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 Vermont LLC if it does not file an annual report. 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 Vermont registered agent by reading our guide.