Starting a business places many demands on your time and you will often find that you cannot be at your physical business address during working hours to receive important documents.
Also, most states in the U.S, California included, require that you have a registered agent service. Registered agents need to be a responsible third-party in the same state as your business who can receive all correspondence. Even though you can also appoint yourself, or a responsible family member or friend to receive correspondence, you need to be sure that you or they will always be available during working hours.
Services offered by a registered agent
A registered agent service in California accepts tax, compliance, and legal documents on behalf of your LLC or corporation. This service ensures that you don’t miss important information because they must ensure that you are notified of their receipt and that the documents are forwarded to you. These documents may include important information about tax payments, lawsuits, judgments, and important compliance documents. Missing the deadlines for any of these can end up being costly for your business.
Registered agent services offer you many benefits
The cost of hiring a registered agent in California is minimal when compared to the benefits it offers you. Any money you may save by serving as an agent on your behalf may end up being paid in fines, if for some reason, you have not received important correspondence, or have perhaps misplaced it.
Your business address always stays the same
Even if your business changes location, the address of your registered agent won’t, ensuring that all correspondence from the state, government organizations, and the judicial system will go to them. You won’t need to waste any time changing your address with the state.
Maintain your privacy
By using the services of a registered agent, no one will know the details of your personal or business address. This is especially important if your business is located at your home.
Never miss any deadlines
All reminders and communications to your business will be received by your registered agent, who in turn will ensure that you receive them. You will be notified about compliance reminders and that way, your LLC will always be in good standing with state requirements, taxes, and any legal issues.
Never have an embarrassing moment
If you are ever sued, you won’t be served in front of your employees or clients. The papers will be sent to your registered agent, who will discreetly notify you.
Keep your business in fast track
As you grow your new business, there will be a lot of demand on your time. Chances are that you will be attending meetings, looking for products, solutions, and running to meet all the demands on your time. That means that you are not likely to be at your office, store, or home during working hours to receive correspondence from the state. The services of a registered agent will be invaluable to you and offer you the convenience of knowing that you will receive any important documents, even if you have been away.
Always be in “good standing” with the state
Don’t risk losing your “good standing” with the state or IRS. If you miss any payments on their due dates, you will have to pay penalties, revocation fines, and the chance to enter legal contracts. Often, you may need to undertake reinstatement procedures, which will incur further expenses to your business, especially if you must proceed with new filings.
Do what’s best for your business
Hiring the services of a registered agent offers you convenience because of the time you will save. Meanwhile, you also minimize the amount of paperwork that ends up on your desk, often at risk of being unattended for a while or getting lost. Someone else will keep track of all these important documents and notify you of the important deadlines, while you put your energy into your business.