Ok, DrChen, here is another. This one is more serious and is immediate.
I n 2010, my accountant helped me form
an LLcCin the state
of Washington where she lives and practices accounting
. She is a CPA; further she is the registered agent.. My business is in California
and always has been.
I recently had occasion to search on my business's name on the SoS Washington's website. I discovered that I did not pay my annual LLC
fees last year and my LLc has been administratively dissolved. Realize that I a still ding business as the LLc in Calif. My accountant's office had always sent me a notice when it was time to pay the fees and submit the annual list of members.
So I call the Sos of Washington's office and was told the process of becoming re-instated which included having the registered agent (my accountant ) also fill out part of the form because her address had changed.
When I called her office and after the telephone answerer conferring with the accountant, I was told that I no longer needed to have the Washington LLC active in Washington because I was doing business and paying taxes
in in Calif., that I was now ‘registered’ (by default I suppose) in Calif.
I expressed concerned that I now felt like I was a DBA- which I did NOT to be- and felt ‘naked’ with no business entity to do business from. I was told that the accountant would explain it to me but ‘not to worry’. Well frankly I am worried.
What do you think about operating in Calif on an inactivated (dissolved) Washington LLC as if it were active. Sounds like a DBA to me.
You may wonder why I ask questions of you when I already have an accountant; it’s because I rarely get to talk with her. I can wait weeks to have questions answered. Furthermore, I want a second opinion.