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Need to Reinstate a Business Back to Good Standing?

Sometimes life and business get complicated. Meeting the business requirements of your state means keeping on top of fees, annual reports and taxes — and if things fall through the cracks, your company can be dissolved.

Incfile’s Reinstatement Service Is Here to Help

If your business has been dissolved because of non-compliance, you can restore your Good Standing and restart operations by filing an order of reinstatement with your state of formation. Incfile’s Reinstatement service takes care of the paperwork for you, making sure you follow the reinstatement procedures of your state.

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Why Choose Reinstatement?

In addition to costing significantly less, there are many advantages to choosing Reinstatement over forming a completely new company.

Get back in business faster

In many states, reinstatement procedures can be completed in less time than forming a new company, meaning you can restart operations sooner.

Keep your company name

You put a lot of effort into choosing the perfect business name — don’t throw it away! Reinstatement allows you to continue to use your original brand.

Recover historical company information

With reinstatement, you can keep your original records and maintain your historical background. No starting from scratch!

What Does the Reinstatement Procedure Look Like?

To get your business reinstated, you first need to look at what went wrong. If you failed to submit the proper paperwork to the state or failed to pay a fee, you need to do that ASAP. Once you’ve taken care of these compliance issues, the reinstatement process typically goes like this:

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Fill out any reinstatement forms required by your state.

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File reinstatement forms with the proper state offices like the Secretary of State or the Department of Revenue or Taxation.

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Pay any required fees.

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Wait to hear back from your state about your reinstatement status.

This is a process you want to get right the first time in order to get back to doing business as soon as possible. Incfile provides reinstatement services in most states to get your business entity active again.

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What is a "Certificate of Good Standing?"

In certain situations, you may be required to prove that your business exists and complies with relevant state laws and regulations. A Certificate of Good Standing from your state serves as this proof, and you can’t get one if you’re in bad standing.

Four Risks of Being in "Bad Standing"

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You can’t obtain financing.

Typically, lenders or banks want proof of your business’s existence and business history to evaluate creditworthiness for a loan or certain types of transactions. Plus, if you're seeking investment from investors or other partners, they’ll want to make sure your business is legitimate and in compliance with local laws and regulations.

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There‘s no way to do business in other states.

To do business in states other than your home state, your business will need to apply for Foreign Qualification in the new state. To do this, you must be in good standing with your current state.

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You have no proof for licensing agencies and regulators.

In order to renew or obtain certain permits and licenses, you may need to provide a Certificate of Good Standing to licensing agencies and regulators in your state.

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You can’t sell your business.

If the day comes when you want to sell your business, you’ll need to show proof of its existence, history and compliance to interested business brokers and buyers.

Common Questions About Business Reinstatement

When is reinstatement required?

If your business has lost its good standing with the state and been dissolved, you need to file for reinstatement if you’d like to keep doing business. If you do the process correctly and meet all necessary requirements, your business will be reinstated and you’ll get back all the advantages that come with being an official, legal entity.

How much does it cost to reinstate a business?

The cost to reinstate a business depends on which state you’re in. For example, in Texas, the filing fee for reinstatement after involuntary dissolution is $75, and the filing fee for reinstatement following a voluntary dissolution is $15. In Massachusetts, the fee for filing a reinstatement application is $100. Check with your Secretary of State to learn what your fee will be. You will need to pay these filing fees on top of any past-due taxes, penalties, fees and/or interest to get back into good standing.

How do I reinstate a business back to good standing?

To keep your small business in good standing, you typically need to be up-to-date on fees, file annual or biennial reports with the Secretary of State, keep your business records up to date by filing Articles of Amendment after major events and pay any other necessary business fees or franchise taxes to state regulators every year. However, that doesn’t always happen. Things can sometimes slip through the cracks, and if your business fails to complete these tasks, it can lose its good standing. Then, your state can file to dissolve your business and completely revoke its LLC status. It’s not an ideal situation, but your business isn’t gone forever if this happens. Filing a reinstatement order helps restore your business back to good standing.

How long does it take to reinstate a company?

How long it takes to reinstate your company depends on which state you live in. The Minnesota Secretary of State claims that most business filings are returned within 3-5 days. Nebraska asks that business owners wait about a week for their reinstatements to be processed. Some states, like Nevada, allow business owners to pay extra for an expedited filing. Check with your Secretary of State to determine how long filing for reinstatement typically takes.

What does “restored to good standing” mean?

Being in good standing means that your business is up-to-date on filing your annual report, biennial report, other required forms, compliance paperwork and any other requirements from your company’s home state. To get an official Certificate of Good Standing, you’ll need to file the appropriate form with your state, or you can have Incfile file for you. The Certificate of Good Standing helps you prove that your business exists and complies with the rules. It helps you appear trustworthy and credible to potential partners, investors and lenders.

Ready to Get Reinstated?

Incfile can help you reinstate your dissolved business and get back in good standing.

File Your Reinstatement Order