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What is a Registered Agent and why do I need one?

Registered agent is a term many business owners have never heard of before and for this reason, learning that a registered agent is required when you incorporate your business or register to transact business in another state (also called qualification) often comes as a surprise.

A registered agent is responsible for important legal and tax documents on behalf of incorporated companies, such as the following:

  • Service of Process—sometimes called Notice of Litigation—which initiates a lawsuit
  • Important state mail, such as annual reports or statements
  • Tax documents sent by the state's department of taxation
The registered agent must have a physical address (not a post office box) in the state of incorporation or qualification and must be available at that address during normal business hours.

For more information on registered agent services, contact BizFilings.

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