R.I. SECRETARY OF STATE A. Ralph Mollis, pictured here at the 2011 'We Mean Business Expo,' reminds for-profit corporations that the end of March is the deadline to file annual reports.
COURTESY THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE
By Lindsay Lorenz PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE – The deadline for Rhode Island’s 30,000-plus for-profit corporations to file annual reports with the state is approaching.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is reminding business owners that they must submit reports no later than Sunday, March 31, or face fines and penalties such as the revocation of a Certificate of Incorporation or Certificate of Authority.
Companies may file in person on weekdays, or by mail or online.
According to Mollis’ office, more than half of all annual reports have been filed online since the digital option was introduced a few years ago.
“The improvements we made to our website have made it easier for companies to do business with us. Offering 24/7 access frees our customers to do what they do best, manage and grow their business,” said Mollis in prepared remarks. “But since March 31 falls on Sunday this year, filing electronically gives companies a couple of extra days to comply compared to the mail or dropping their reports off at our office,” Mollis points out.
Companies filing online will have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, and can do so by visiting www.sos.ri.gov and accessing the appropriate link.
In addition, business owners can still file by mail or in person at the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division, 148 West River St., Providence, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nonprofit corporations and limited liability companies are also required to file annual reports with the Secretary of State’s office. However those deadlines are not until June 30 and Nov. 1, respectively.