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Have the 2 companies had any activity in the past 8 years?
One NEVER had any operations.
The other had operations many years ago but in the last 8 years no operations whatsoever, no bank accounts, etc.
If they had no operations, activity, etc, in the past 8 years and you have no intentions of using them, I would just leave as is.
My only concern is that California has a $800 minimum annual tax and if they would have any of this on your records as an outstanding tax debt that they would try to pursue from you.
Can you explain 'My only concern is that California has a $800 minimum annual tax and if they would have any of this on your records as an outstanding tax debt that they would try to pursue from you.'?
And is there any negotiation room with these annual fees or basically, am i stuck paying them to be able to bring company current and then close both? E.g. pay annual fees in Delaware and CA and close properly?
California has an $800 minimum tax. I don't know if California has it on their records that you owe this tax. The fact that you haven't received any notices from them is a positive sign. If you reinstated the company, they would make you pay the back taxes (plus penalty and interest in full).
To properly close the companies, yes, you would have to pay fees to reinstate and then close the business registration with the state.
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So what is the next step? Call the states and find out what the status is?
You can start with checking the status online at the Secretary of State website.California can be checked at this link.Delaware can be checked at this link.
In California, your status can be suspended by both the Secretary of State and the Franchise Tax Board. Once you check the status, you will need to first file a current Statement of Information and obtain a letter of proposed relief from suspension or forfeiture. Upon receipt of this letter, you can then complete a Form 3557 (Application for Certificate of Revivor) with the Franchise Tax Board. For specific revivor requirements for your company, you can the call Franchise Tax Board. here is a list of phone numbers for each entity type.
You can call Delaware to get more details on your account at(NNN) NNN-NNNN
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I was told that perhaps nothing needs to be paid as the liabilities of the company are with the closed company?
You are right, nothing may need to be paid if you can establish proof that the company was closed. What you described to me seems to be sufficient proof, but you will need to contact the states for their specific requirements.
I suggest you call the numbers provided and they can provide with more specific information related to your case.
Best case scenario - you pay nothing, and like I said, the companies are dissolved and had no activity so there's not a lot to worry about it.
Since you aren't planning on using these companies, that's probably the most likely scenario.
will do . thanks