Ireland

CHARLESTON -- Secretary of State Betty Ireland has announced that all businesses (with the exception of sole proprietors and general partnerships) may file annual reports online with her office through the State's online portal "Business for WV" (www.business4wv.com).

Sole proprietors and general partnerships are not required to file annual reports or other registration documents with the Secretary of State's Office, as those entities only file with the State Tax Department.

"Implementing more online tools for those who do business with my office has been one of my highest priorities and I am pleased to bring this new option to the business community in West Virginia," Ireland said.

All business owners are encouraged to take advantage of this new option and file their company's report through the State's online portal "Business for WV" (www.business4wv.com).

Online filing saves time and provides immediate and accurate integration of customers' updates into the Secretary of State's database. Filers will receive electronic confirmation when the Secretary of State's Office accepts filing.

Businesses may access the online filing tool and complete the process at their convenience, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In the future, the "business4wv" site will allow business owners to file changes to their officers, members, and owners; file trade names and other business recordings; and change a point of contact between the public and state agencies providing public information of any new state regulatory changes or state code changes relating to businesses.

"It has been a priority of this office to make high use of technology to serve the public and our business customers. The opening of this portal has been a long time in the making, and we are pleased to offer it to all those business entities that have to file reports with our office," Ireland said.

For questions on filing annual reports, contact the Business and Licensing Division of the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office at 304.558.8000 or email business@wvsos.com.

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