Massachusetts businesses are once again getting official-looking mailings from a company calling itself "Compliance Services" that make it appear as though you need to pay them to comply with corporation filing requirements.
Both the Better Business Bureau and Secretary of State's office are warning about these mailings, which requests $125 and cites state law for a company would need to fill out the paperwork. There is a disclaimer at the bottom of that section that says the request doesn't come from a government agency.
The Secretary of State's warning notes that the mailings have led to confusion and makes clear that no business is required to respond to these mailings or pay Compliance Services. "Despite the implications contained in the solicitation, Massachusetts corporations are not required by law to file corporate minutes with the Secretary of State," the warning states.
The Secretary of State asks that those who receive these notices inform them so they can collect them and present them, if they decide, to the Attorney General.
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