CHAPTER 602
NONSTOCK CORPORATIONS

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Sec. 33-1004. Filing requirements.
Sec. 33-1243. Reports.

PART I
GENERAL PROVISIONS

      Sec. 33-1004. Filing requirements. (a) A document shall satisfy the requirements of this section, and of any other section that adds to or varies from these requirements, to be entitled to filing by the Secretary of the State.

      (b) Sections 33-1000 to 33-1290, inclusive, shall require or permit filing the document in the office of the Secretary of the State.

      (c) The document shall contain the information required by sections 33-1000 to 33-1290, inclusive. It may contain other information as well.

      (d) The document shall be typewritten or printed or, if electronically transmitted, in a format that can be retrieved or reproduced in typewritten or printed form.

      (e) The document shall be in the English language. A corporate name need not be in English if written in English letters or Arabic or Roman numerals, and the certificate of existence required of foreign corporations need not be in English if accompanied by a reasonably authenticated English translation.

      (f) The document shall be executed: (1) By the chairman of the board of directors of a domestic or foreign corporation, by its president or by another of its officers; (2) if directors have not been selected or the corporation has not been formed, by an incorporator; or (3) if the corporation is in the hands of a receiver, trustee or other court-appointed fiduciary, by that fiduciary.

      (g) The person executing the document shall sign it and state beneath or opposite such person's signature such person's name and the capacity in which such person signs. The document may but need not contain a corporate seal, attestation, acknowledgment or verification.

      (h) If the Secretary of the State has prescribed a mandatory form for the document under section 33-1005, the document shall be in or on the prescribed form.

      (i) The document shall be delivered to the office of the Secretary of the State for filing. If the document is filed in typewritten or printed form and not electronically transmitted, the Secretary of the State may require one exact or conformed copy to be delivered with the document, except as provided in sections 33-1052 and 33-1218.

      (j) When the document is delivered to the office of the Secretary of the State for filing, the correct filing fee, and any franchise tax, license fee or penalty required to be paid therewith by sections 33-1000 to 33-1290, inclusive, or other law, must be paid or provision for payment made in a manner permitted by the Secretary of the State.

      (k) When any document is required or permitted to be filed or recorded as provided in sections 33-1000 to 33-1290, inclusive, the Secretary of the State may, in the Secretary of the State's discretion, for good cause, permit a photostatic or other photographic copy of such document to be filed or recorded in lieu of the original instrument. Such filing or recording shall have the same force and effect as if the original instrument had been so filed or recorded.

      (l) The Secretary of the State may require or permit the filing by electronic transmission or by employing new technology as it is developed of any document that is required by law or regulation under sections 33-1000 to 33-1290, inclusive, to be filed with the Secretary of the State.

      (P.A. 96-256, S. 5, 209; P.A. 98-137, S. 47, 48, 62; 98-219, S. 33, 34; P.A. 01-199, S. 34; P.A. 11-146, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 96-256 effective January 1, 1997; P.A. 98-137 amended Subsecs. (d) and (g) to replace "transmitted by electronic means" with "electronically transmitted", effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 98-219 revised effective date of P.A. 98-137, but without affecting this section; P.A. 01-199 amended Subsec. (d) to replace "or, if authorized by the Secretary of the State, electronically transmitted" with "or, if electronically transmitted, in a format that can be retrieved or reproduced in typewritten or printed form", amended Subsec. (g) to make the manner of executing a document the same whether it is typewritten or printed or electronically transmitted by deleting provision that required the person executing a document that is electronically transmitted to "affirm and authenticate the execution of the document in such manner as the Secretary of the State may prescribe as effective for those purposes", replace provision authorizing the document to contain "(1) The corporate seal, (2) an attestation by the secretary or an assistant secretary, (3) an acknowledgment, verification or proof" with "a corporate seal, attestation, acknowledgment or verification" and make technical changes for purposes of gender neutrality, amended Subsec. (i) to authorize delivery by electronic transmission if and to the extent permitted by the Secretary of the State and authorize the Secretary of the State to require one exact or conformed copy of a filed document that is in typewritten or printed form and not electronically transmitted to be delivered with the document, amended Subsec. (j) to rephrase provisions and amended Subsec. (k) to make a technical change for purposes of gender neutrality; P.A. 11-146 amended Subsec. (i) to delete provision authorizing delivery by electronic transmission if and to extent permitted by Secretary of the State and added new Subsec. (l) re authority of Secretary of the State to require or permit filing by electronic transmission or by employing new technology as it is developed of any document required to be filed with said Secretary, effective January 1, 2012.

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PART XIV
RECORDS AND REPORTS

(B)

REPORTS

      Sec. 33-1243. Reports. (a) Each domestic corporation, except banks, trust companies, insurance or surety companies, savings and loan associations, credit unions, public service companies, as defined in section 16-1, cemetery associations and incorporated church or religious corporations, and each foreign corporation authorized to conduct affairs in this state, and except corporations formed before January 1, 1961, which under the law in effect on December 31, 1960, were not required to file an annual report, shall file an annual report with the Secretary of the State as prescribed in this section.

      (b) The first annual report of a domestic corporation shall be filed within thirty days after its organization meeting. Subsequent annual reports of such domestic corporation and annual reports of each foreign corporation authorized to conduct affairs in this state shall be filed by electronic transmission at such times as may be provided by regulations adopted by the Secretary of the State in accordance with chapter 54, provided the Secretary of the State may require any corporation to file an annual report according to reporting schedules established by the Secretary so as to effect staggered filing of all such reports. Upon request of a corporation, the Secretary of the State may grant an exemption from the requirement to file an annual report by electronic transmission if the corporation does not have the capability to file by electronic transmission or make payment in an authorized manner by electronic means or if other good cause is shown.

      (c) Each annual report shall set forth as of a date which complies with subsection (d) of this section and which is specified in such report: (1) The name of the corporation and, in the case of a foreign corporation, the state under the laws of which it is incorporated; (2) the principal office of the corporation or, in the case of a foreign corporation (A) the address of the principal office of the foreign corporation in the state under the laws of which it is incorporated, (B) the address of the executive offices of the foreign corporation, and (C) the address of the principal office of the foreign corporation in this state, if any; (3) the electronic mail address, if any, of the corporation; and (4) the names and respective business and residence addresses of the directors and officers of the corporation, except that if good cause is shown, the Secretary of the State may accept business addresses in lieu of business and residence addresses of the directors and officers of the corporation. For the purposes of this subsection, a showing of good cause shall include, but not be limited to, a showing that public disclosure of the residence addresses of the corporation's directors and officers may expose the personal security of such directors and officers to significant risk.

      (d) The date specified in the annual report pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall (1) not be later than the date of filing the report, and (2) not be earlier than the latest date preceding the date of filing on which any change of circumstances occurred which would affect the statements of fact required in the report.

      (e) Each annual report shall be accompanied by the required filing fee. The report shall be executed as set forth in section 33-1004. The Secretary of the State shall deliver to each domestic corporation at its principal office or electronic mail address, as shown by his records, and to each foreign corporation authorized to conduct affairs in this state at its executive offices or electronic mail address, as last shown by his records, notice that the annual report is due, but failure to receive such notice shall not relieve a corporation of the requirement of filing the report as provided in this section.

      (P.A. 96-256, S. 159, 209; P.A. 98-137, S. 19, 62; 98-219, S. 33, 34; P.A. 04-240, S. 8; P.A. 11-146, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 96-256 effective January 1, 1997; P.A. 98-137 amended Subsec. (c) to rephrase and make technical changes to provision re good cause, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 98-219 revised effective date of P.A. 98-137, but without affecting this section; P.A. 04-240 deleted provisions re biennial reports and made conforming and technical changes; P.A. 11-146 amended Subsec. (b) to require subsequent annual reports of domestic corporations and annual reports of foreign corporations to be filed "by electronic transmission" and add provision re authority of Secretary of the State to grant exemption from electronic filing requirement if corporation does not have capability to file or pay electronically or if other good cause is shown, amended Subsec. (c) to add new Subdiv. (3) re electronic mail address and redesignate existing Subdiv. (3) as Subdiv. (4) and amended Subsec. (e) to require Secretary of the State to "deliver" a "notice that the annual report is due", rather than "mail" a "form prescribed by him for the annual report", allow delivery of such notice to corporation's electronic mail address and make a conforming change, effective January 1, 2012.

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