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Closure October 8th – Columbus Day

Columbus DayAll District of Columbia and Federal Government Offices will be closed on Monday, October 8th in observance of Columbus Day.

Our Washington, DC office will be open during regular business hours and will be able to provide nationwide assistance and limited services in the District.

The following District services will be available: UCC searches with copy retrieval, lien and court searches, corporate status searches and name availability.

The following District services will not be available: corporate filings, document retrievals, business license services, UCC filings, apostilles and notary certifications.

Most Foreign Embassies will be closed. However, for those Embassies that are open we will be able to provide service.

District offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 9th.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Washington, DC office at 202.386.7575, 877.531.1131 or dcorders@incserv.com.

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DC Entity Revocation and Trade Name Cancellation Deadline

DC, District of ColumbiaAll entities registered to do business in the District of Columbia (DC) are required to file a Two-Year Report by April 1st the year after the initial registration and every two years thereafter.

Two-Year reports not received by September 3rd will be revoked Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  If the entity’s authority to do business is revoked, it will need to file a reinstatement application, in addition to the delinquent report, incurring additional fees of $300 for the reinstatement (not including the $100 penalty assessed for the late filing of the two-year report).

Additionally, all trade name registrations expiring in 2018 must be renewed by September 3, 2018 to avoid cancellation of the trade name on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  Renewal forms may be found on the DCRA website at https://eservices.dcra.dc.gov/DocumentManagementSystem?title=Corporations. All trade name renewal applications must be submitted over-the-counter.

In 2017, there were approximately 40,000 entities revoked in DC. Don’t make the list in 2018! Let Incserv help you to stay in compliance! Don’t want to be bothered with deadlines again?  Sign up for our Annual Report Filing Service (ARFS).  Contact one of our DC office representatives for more information on ARFS and to assist with your filing needs by simply emailing us at dcorders@incserv.com or calling 202.386.7575 or 877.531.1131.

Deirdre Davis-Washington, Assistant Vice President

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The Federal Government Is Open For Business! But What If It Hadn’t?

DC Flag, federal Government How the Government Shutdown Affects the Legal Services Industry.

Hours before the deadline Friday, January 19th, it appeared Congress would not reach an agreement to avoid a shutdown of the Federal government.  Clients had begun to inquire whether or not their requests for Federal services would be processed, such as legalizations, authentications, USPTO …. And even embassies!  Fortunately, Congress came to an agreement quickly after only one business day, but this situation could emerge again – so what would happen in the case of a Federal Government shutdown?

U.S. Department of State

Generally, most government agencies with which we work most frequently generate their own revenues, which allows these agencies to operate (some, temporarily), in the event of a shutdown.  For example, business can be conducted with the U.S. Department of State because, as with the shutdown of 2013, the authentications office would be able to process visa applications and other consular services using revenues generated from fees it charges for these services.  Embassies would typically be unaffected, as they are governed by the laws of their own country.

Other Federal Agencies

Like the Department of State, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) remains open, funding its operations using the fees it collects; however, in the past this has only been for a few weeks. The Office of Comptroller of Currency (OCC), as per its website, is “funded through assessments on supervised institutions and not Congressional appropriations, OCC operations are not affected by a government shutdown from a lapse in budget authority.”  This means we are able to request certificates of corporate existence and other certified documents for national banks and savings banks.  The Surface Transportation Board, an independent agency, where railcar liens are recorded and searched, was one of the agencies affected and could not operate.

District of Columbia

If you didn’t know, DC does not have autonomy over its own budget!  In the past, the District of Columbia would have been affected by the shutdown.  However, thanks to legislation sponsored by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton passed in 2017, DC was not affected by the shutdown.    With the new legislation, DC government agencies including the Department of Consumer of Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Recorder of Deeds, and the Department of Notary and Authentications, will now be business as usual during a Federal shutdown!

For more information on our federal agency services, you may click on the following link: https://incserv.com/federal-agency-embassy-services/federal-services/?v=7516fd43adaa . If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to reach out to one our experienced staff members.  We are happy to assist!

Deirdre Davis-Washington, Assistant Vice President

 

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Closed Columbus Day – October 9th

Reminder…

All District of Columbia and Federal Government Offices will be closed on Monday, October 9th in observance of Columbus Day.  Our Washington, DC office will be open during regular business hours and will be able to provide nationwide assistance and limited services in the District.

The following District services will be available: UCC searches with copy retrieval, lien and court searches, corporate status searches and name availability.

The following District services will not be available: corporate filings, document retrievals, business license services, UCC filings, apostilles and notary certifications.

Most Foreign Embassies will be closed. However, for those Embassies that are open we will be able to provide service.

District offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 10th.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Washington, DC office at 202.386.7575, 877.531.1131 or dcorders@incserv.com.