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Chicago Annual Report Filing

Illinois corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs), and nonprofits must file an annual report each year. This report lets the Secretary of State know your business is still operating, and it provides key information about your organization.

You must file an annual report accurately and on time each year to stay in good standing with the state. Keep reading to learn more about which businesses need to file and when, and how to file an Illinois annual report the easy way.

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What is an annual report?

An annual report provides the state with important details about an organization, including the business name and address. In Illinois, annual report filings also include information about franchise tax fees (corporations only).

Filing an annual report in Illinois is not optional for corporations, LLCs, nonprofits, and LPs, This required gov annual registration keeps your business in good standing with the state.

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Which types of businesses must file an annual report?

To conduct business in Illinois, the following types of entities (both foreign and domestic) file an annual report with the IL Secretary of State.

  • Corporations
  • Limited liability companies (LLCs)
  • Nonprofits and cooperatives
  • Limited Partnerships (LPs) 
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What information do I need to provide?​

The information required varies based on the type of business entity you have. Here’s what you’ll need to include, verify, or update on your Illinois annual report:

  • The name of the business
  • The business address (principal office)
  • The business file number (if you don’t know the file number, you can it by searching the Illinois business database)
  • The name and address of the registered agent  
  • The state or country in which your business was formed (LLCs)
  • Date of formation/registration in Illinois (LLCs)
  • Officer/director or member/secretary/manager names and addresses (corporations, nonprofits, and LLCs)
  • Stock information (corporations only)
  • Franchise tax calculation (corporations only)
  • Name, title, and signature of person filing the annual report (the form will specify who must sign)

Important: If your corporate name changes, you must complete a separate form (Articles of Amendment). Also, if your registered agent changes, you must complete an amendment form (the form number varies based on the type of business entity).

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When do I file?​

In Illinois, annual reports are due before the first day of your anniversary month (the month you first registered your business). 

For example, if you registered your business in the month of April, your Chicago annual report will be due no later than March 31st.

The deadline applies to both paper and online submissions. If you file by paper form, make sure to submit it before the first day of your anniversary month.

What happens if I don’t file on time?

Your business will be fined for late filing. Late fees vary depending on the type of business you have.

  • Corporations will be assessed 10% of the total franchise tax due
  • Nonprofits will pay an additional $3
  • LLCs will pay an additional $100
  • LPs won’t be charged a penalty fee, but the business could be administratively dissolved if late for more than 60 days

You may receive a notice in the mail before your annual report is due. But you shouldn’t rely on this. It is a business owner’s responsibility to know when filings are due. Mark your calendar or appoint someone to stay on top of business filings.

If enough time passes (more than 60 days) and you still haven’t filed, your business could be administratively dissolved, or your privileges to do business in Illinois could be revoked. This could have serious consequences for the continued financial health of your organization. 

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Who can file a Chicago annual report?

Anyone you designate to act on behalf of your business can file and sign an annual report. It could be an officer, director, secretary, or a company you hire to help file your annual report in Chicago, like FastFilings.

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Illinois Annual Report FAQ

Annual registrations in Illinois are due before the first day of your anniversary month when you first registered your business. 

You can file up to 60 days in advance prior to the start of your anniversary month. So, if you formed your business on August 12th, for example, you can file anytime between June 1st and July 31st.

You could be fined or your business could even be administratively dissolved. This means you would no longer be legally allowed to conduct business in Illinois, which could seriously impact the financial health of your organization. Don’t delay, file on time. FastFilings can help.

Anyone you designate to act on behalf of your business can file your Chicago annual report. This could be an officer/director, member/manager, or a company you hire to file your report, like FastFilings.

No, your Chicago annual report can be submitted with electronic signatures.

Online filings are processed immediately. Mailed forms take significantly longer, usually 10-15 business days. Filing online is the preferred choice.