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Last updated November 10, 2020

Connecticut LLC Annual Report

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Connecticut LLC costs:
Connecticut state fee: $120 (one-time fee)
Annual report: $80 (every year)

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How to file an Annual Report for your Connecticut LLC

Every LLC in Connecticut is required to file an Annual Report each year.

The purpose of the Annual Report is to keep your LLC’s contact information updated with the Connecticut Secretary of State.

We recommend reading the overview below (contains important information), however if you want to jump right into the filing instructions, click here: CT LLC Annual Report instructions.

Method of Filing an Annual Report

Your Connecticut LLC Annual Report can only be filed online.

There is no option to file by mail.

Connecticut LLC Annual Report filing fee

$80 (per year) is the fee for a Connecticut LLC Annual Report.

Note: Prior to July 1st 2020, the Annual Report fee used to be $20 per year. However, on July 1st 2020, the Connecticut Secretary of State increased the LLC Annual Report fee to $80 per year.

Due Date for Annual Reports

Your Connecticut LLC Annual Report is due between January 1st and March 31st each year.

January 1st is the earliest that you can file.

And March 31st is the last day to file before it’s late.

When do I have to file my first Connecticut LLC Annual Report?

Your first LLC Annual Report is due the year following the year that your LLC was approved.

For example:

  • If your Connecticut LLC was approved on February 10th 2020, your first Annual Report is due between January 1st and March 31st of 2021
  • If your Connecticut LLC was approved on December 1st 2020, your first Annual Report is due between January 1st and March 31st of 2021

Then every year going forward, your Connecticut LLC Annual Report is between January 1st and March 31st.

Note: Connecticut LLC Annual Reports used to be due by the end of your LLC’s anniversary month (the month your LLC was approved), however, changes were made in 2018. Public Act 16-97 changed the due date to between January 1st and March 31st.

3 ways to find your Connecticut LLC’s approval date

  1. Look for the date on your LLC’s Acceptance Letter
  2. Search for your LLC on the state’s website (Connecticut Business Registry Search), click on your LLC name, and look for the “Date Inc/Registration”
  3. Call the Secretary of State’s office at 860-509-6002 (hours are 8am – 4:30pm Eastern time)

Penalty for not filing an Annual Report

Unlike other states, the penalty for not filing an LLC Annual Report in Connecticut isn’t that bad.

First, there’s no late fee, so there’s no financial penalty for filing an LLC Annual Report late in Connecticut.

However, once your LLC’s Annual Report is late, your LLC technically goes into a “Not in Good Standing” status. And as a result, if your LLC needs a Certificate of Legal Existence, the state will not issue one until your LLC’s Annual Report is filed. While most LLCs don’t need a Certificate of Existence, for those that do, this could impact your LLC’s ability to transact business. However, if your LLC needs the form, file your LLC’s Annual Report (which puts your LLC back into “Good Standing” status) and then request the Certificate of Legal Existence.

Having said that, if after approximately 15 months, an LLC hasn’t filed its Annual Report, the state, as per Section 34-267g of the Connecticut LLC Act (“Dissolution by Forfeiture”), will shut down your LLC.

However, even after a Connecticut LLC is shut down by the state, it can be “brought back to life” at any time by filing a Reinstatement, filing an Annual Report, and paying the fees and penalties.

Here’s a timeline of how a dissolution would occur:

March 31st 2021: Last day to file an Annual Report on time. This starts the clock.

Beginning April 1st 2021: Your LLC’s Annual Report is now late. As a result, your Connecticut LLC has a “Not in Good Standing” status.

April 1st 2022 (1 year later): If your LLC’s Annual Report has still not been filed, as per Section 34-267g (“Dissolution by Forfeiture”) of the Connecticut LLC Act, the state will mail a certified notice to your LLC letting you know it’ll be forfeited.

April 5th 2022: You receive the notice that your LLC will be forfeited. The state gives you 3 more months (from the date the notice arrived) to file your LLC’s Annual Report. If you don’t, the state will file a Certificate of Dissolution by Forfeiture and your LLC will be shut down.

July 5th 2022: If your LLC hasn’t filed its Annual Report by this date, the state files the Certificate of Dissolution by Forfeiture. Your LLC is officially shut down.

How to reinstate a Connecticut LLC:

You can bring your LLC “back to life” (called Reinstatement) at any time by:

  • filing a Certificate of Reinstatement
  • paying the reinstatement fee
  • paying any penalties
  • filing the current year’s Annual Report
  • and appointing a Connecticut Registered Agent

In order to file an LLC Reinstatement in Connecticut, you must call the Secretary of State’s office (860-509-6002; 8:00am to 4:30pm, M-F) and request a Reinstatement Packet to be sent to you in the mail. The forms aren’t available online.

Reminder Notices

Approximately 1 month before your LLC’s Annual Report is due, the Connecticut Secretary of State will send you an email reminder notice.

If they don’t have an email address on file for you, they will mail a reminder notice to your LLC’s business address.

Even if you don’t receive any reminders from the state, it is still your responsibility to make sure your LLC’s Annual Report gets filed on time each year.

Set your own reminder

We recommend putting a repeating reminder on your phone and/or computer to make sure you file your LLC’s Annual Report on time every year.

How to file a Connecticut LLC Annual Report Online

Go to the CONCORD site

Visit Connecticut’s online filing system, called CONCORD:
Connecticut Secretary of State: CONCORD

If you have a CONCORD account: Please login on the right. You already have an account if you filed your Connecticut Certificate of Organization online.

If you don’t have a CONCORD account: Create one by clicking “Create a user account” on the right. After your account is created, make sure you’re logged in.

File Annual Reports

In the middle of the page, you should see a “File Annual Reports” link. Click that.

(The same link is also in the left menu navigation.)

Search your LLC name

Search your Connecticut LLC, either by its name or by its Business ID number.

Tip: If you’re having trouble finding your LLC, just enter the first word of your LLC name instead of its full name.

Select your LLC from the list and click “Continue”.

If the only Annual Report due is for the current year: The system will take you right into that year’s Annual Report filing.

If you have outstanding Annual Reports: You’ll see a list of all the outstanding reports. The oldest Annual Report year will be selected. You’ll need to file that year’s Annual Report first and then repeat the process to file each outstanding Annual Report.

Business Information

This section can’t be edited. You’ll see:

  • your LLC name
  • the year of the Annual Report you’re filing
  • your LLC’s Business ID number
  • and the total amount due

NAICS Code

An NAICS Code for an LLC is used by the Connecticut Secretary of State to classify your LLC’s primary type of business activity. It’s mostly used for statistics.

While an LLC can run multiple businesses, you just need to list your LLC’s primary activity. Or just list any activity if you’re not sure which one is your LLC’s primary activity.

The NAICS code is self-chosen. So just pick the primary activity that most closely represents what your LLC does.

Recommendation: Before choosing from the drop-down menus, we recommend using Connecticut’s NAICS search page to determine your LLC’s primary NAICS Code.

Then choose a NAICS Code from the first drop-down list. The primary NAICS code will start with the 2 numbers of the full code you found on Connecticut’s NAICS search page.

Then choose a NAICS Sub Code from the second drop-down list.

Mailing Address

Review your LLC’s Mailing Address. If no changes are needed, you can leave it as-is. If you need to update the address, you can do so here.

The Mailing Address is the address where it’s best for you to receive your LLC’s mail.

Your Connecticut LLC’s Mailing Address can be any of the following:

  • located in Connecticut
  • located in any state
  • located in any country
  • a PO Box
  • a home address
  • an office address
  • a mail forwarding address (like The UPS Store)
  • a virtual office address
  • your Connecticut Registered Agent address (if allowed)

Principal Office Address

Review your LLC’s Principal Office Address. If no changes are needed, you can leave it as-is. If you need to update the address, you can do so here.

The Principal Office Address is where primary business activities take place and/or where your LLC records are kept.

Your Connecticut LLC’s Principal Office Address can be:

  • located in Connecticut
  • located in any state
  • located in any country
  • a home address
  • an office address

The address is technically not supposed to be a mail forwarding address (like The UPS Store), a virtual office address, or your Connecticut Registered Agent address, however, you won’t get in trouble by listing one of those addresses here.

Click “Continue” to proceed.

Principal Maintenance

At least one “principal” (an LLC Member or LLC Manager) needs to be listed.

You can leave this section as-is if there have been no changes.

Or you can add or remove principals if there have been changes to your LLC by selecting “No” after “Is this principal information correct?

Click “Continue” to proceed.

Agent Summary

Review your Connecticut LLC’s Registered Agent information.

Leave as-is if no changes are needed.

Or select “No” after “Is this agent information correct?” to update your LLC’s Registered Agent.

Optional Survey

You can participate in this survey by answering the questions and clicking “Submit Survey”.

Or you can decline the survey (which won’t negatively impact your LLC or your Annual Report) by clicking “Decline Survey”.

Payment Information

Check off the box next to “Terms and Conditions”. Then enter your credit or debit card number and your billing information.

Click the “Pay” button to submit your payment to the state and file your LLC’s Annual Report.

Review

Review your filing on the next page and make sure everything is correct. If everything is correct, submit your Annual Report filing and payment to the Secretary of State.

Congratulations

Your Connecticut LLC Annual Report has been filed and processed.

You will see a success message and the state will also email you a confirmation.

There is nothing else you need to do here.

Just make sure you have a calendar reminder set to file your LLC’s Annual Report next year :)

Connecticut Secretary of State

If you have any questions about your LLC’s Annual Report, you can contact the Connecticut Secretary of State.

Their phone number is 860-509-6002 and their hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:30pm Eastern time.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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