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In searching for important events occurring April 1st, we discovered there were many things that happened on this date, but for the sake of keeping this short, we’ll only highlight a few.

April 1, 1970 – President Nixon banned the advertising of cigarettes on TV and radio.

April 1 1999 – Eleven of the countries in the European Union adopted the “Euro” as their common currency.

April 1, 2008 – Hillary Clinton compared herself to “Rocky”, referring to her ability to get back up after “stumbling and getting knocked down”.

Fast forwarding to 2016 and there are two even more important events (at least in Washington DC): The filing of the two year report by April 1st and the new regulation which requires renewal of all existing trade names, expiring this year, to be filed by April 1st.

Yep, we said all that just to tell you about changes in regulation and to remind you of the biennial report requirement in DC! What did you expect from the capital of the US?

If you are due to renew your trade name this year, you must do so by April 1st or risk having the registration cancelled after August 31st, which is consistent with the biennial report filing requirement.

So, don’t lose your registrations! Let IncServ keep you informed (of our history) and in compliance. As always, if you have any questions about biennial reports or need assistance with filing, we are more than happy to help. Simply e-mail us at or call us at 202.386.7575 or 877.531.1131.

Thanks for reading,


Deirdre Davis-Washington is an Assistant Vice President and manages the Washington, DC office.

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