How Registered Agents Can Help Small Businesses at Tax Time and Beyond
1. Find a registered agent to keep track of important deadlines and forms. A registered agent may not sound like a familiar term, but all companies that incorporate their businesses are required to appoint an individual for this task, whether it’s a member of the company, a board member or a service provider who specializes in this role. This appointed person or service company is designated to receive important paperwork for the company, tax forms and service of process (legal filings or proceedings). The registered agent will receive all official documents from the state government for tax and legal purposes, and the agent will forward all documents along to the business entity.
2. Don’t fall into the trap of taking on too much. Often, first-time business owners choose to serve as their own registered agent. While that seems like it may be an easy task, it may present more challenges than the average entrepreneur recognizes. It can be a heavy drain on an already busy company owner, and can lead to embarrassing situations that may damage a small business’ reputation. That’s where appointing a professional service company as your registered agent can come in handy, with experts to ensure entrepreneurs meet important deadlines and are up to date with current tax requirements.
3. Use experts to help when you need it most. “The registered agent is the person who receives any legal summons, like a lawsuit, as well as important state tax documents,” says
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While small business owners can act as their own registered agent at their own risk, a service provider who specializes in these tasks has experience, expertise and compliance software to make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Appointing BizFilings as a registered agent means entrepreneurs can count on getting all important state tax documents and updates in advance of events and due dates.
BizFilings is a full-service, online incorporation service provider, offering small-business owners a fast, easy and economical way to form a corporation, limited liability company (LLC) or other business structure online or by phone. BizFilings also offers a full range of business filing and compliance products, including nationwide Registered Agent Service, helping keep businesses in compliance with state regulations. BizFilings can be found online at http://www.BizFilings.com. BizFilings is part of Wolters Kluwer Corporate Legal Services, the leader in legal process and business performance management. It delivers the people, products and processes to drive transparency, ensure accountability and provide organized, accurate and actionable information for legal, financial and insurance professionals. CLS’s business brands —
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