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Secretary Detzner Encourages Florida Business Entities to File Annual Reports by May 1

Tallahassee –

Secretary of State Ken Detzner issued the following statement reminding business entities in Florida that the deadline for filing their annual reports is May 1, 2016.

“The May 1 deadline for Florida business entities to file their annual reports with the Division of Corporations is less than two weeks away,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “The Department of State’s official filing website,, provides a user-friendly and secure platform to file your report and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I encourage all business owners to file by the May 1 deadline to avoid a late fee.”

Annual reports must be filed each year between January 1 and May 1 to maintain an "active status" with the Department of State’s Division of Corporations. A late fee will be imposed on all profit corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and limited liability limited partnerships which fail to file their annual reports on time. Additional information and instructions on how to file are available on the Division of Corporations’ website at


About the Division of Corporations

The Florida Department of State’s Division of Corporations serves as the State of Florida’s official business entity index, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through As the first stop for starting or staying in business in Florida, it is also an excellent resource for locating businesses operating in the Sunshine State. The Division is a ministerial filing agency with two broad functional services; formalizing the legal standing of a business or activity by accepting and indexing the filing or registration, and supplying information and certification regarding the filings and activities of record. The Division maintains over eight million records and annually performs approximately five million activities. For more information, visit

In Summer 2016, is getting a facelift! The Florida Division of Corporations will be launching a new and improved website this summer. There will be no major changes until after the 2016 annual report filing season ends on May 1. See the announcement on at for more information.