Attention Colorado business owners:
I have an LLC for my business in Colorado. Colorado requires a business’s information be kept up to date with the State with yearly filing. The fee for this service is $10, and can be done entirely online (you can do it with physical copies on paper, but it’s more expensive).
This year I received forms around tax time stating that I needed to pay a $225 filing fee. The form looks kind of official, so I did a little research to make sure I wasn’t missing something.
So you know “Corporate Controllers Unit” is a Nevada based company. They have NOTHING to do with the state of Colorado. If you read carefully, you’ll see that technically they are offering to help you file your paperwork. Thus, what they are offering is a “service.”
Just above the signature line at the bottom of the page is this sentence: “This product or service has not been approved or endorsed by any Government Agency and this offer is not being made by an agency of the Government. U.S.C. 39.6.3001(d). This is a solicitation for the order of services, and not a bill, invoice or statement of account due. You are under no obligation to make any payments on account of this offer.”
However, they are making it look like they are agents of the Government, and you are required to pay this fee.
Don’t fall for it.
Just a few sources on the subject: