Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
Contact:  Kristen Schulze Muszynski

Secretary Dunlap issues alert to corporations and non-profits regarding misleading solicitations

AUGUSTA – Maine corporations have recently received misleading solicitation mailings with an offer to file annual reports for the corporation, for a $185 fee.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is reminding all corporate and non-profit entities that the Division of Corporations does not mail out the annual report form.

The “solicitation form” looks similar to the Division of Corporations’ annual report form, but it is not prescribed or recognized by the Maine Department of the Secretary of State and this mailing does not come from the department’s Division of Corporations. Maine corporations have received similar solicitations in recent years from entities operating under various names.

The legal deadline to file the 2020 annual reports with the Secretary of State’s office is June 1, 2020 and corporate entities can file those reports online beginning January 1, 2020.

Any corporation that has questions about the solicitation or form is encouraged to obtain advice from a lawyer or business advisor. In addition, those with questions can contact the Maine Division of Corporations at (207) 624-7752 for information about corporate annual report and other business entity filing requirements under Maine law.