An initial report is a filing which provides additional information to the Secretary of State after the formation articles have been filed.
What is this?
When and if an initial report is required varies state to state and entity to entity, but in general it is a separate filing with additional information which can be filing concurrently with the formation articles, or is required within a certain time period following the formation. For example, in Nevada you can file the initial report, called an “Initial List” when you file the formation articles for an LLC or corporation. It asks for the manager(s) or member(s) of the LLC, depending on management structure, and their address. For a corporation, the initial list asks for the director(s) and officer(s) as well as their address.
What is the process for filing initial reports?
- The form can be obtained from the state, or often it can be filed online
- Generally a fee is associated with filing the initial report, but not always.
- Some states do not require an initial report because the formation filing requires the same information that would be included.
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