How to Close a Corporation in Florida

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When business owners close a business, retire, or enter into disputes with business partners, it is often necessary to ensure that a corporation ceases to exist. Closing a corporation in Florida requires that you legally dissolve the corporation. Dissolving a corporation in Florida is a quick process that requires only that you fill out a few simple forms.

Download the Articles of Dissolution form from the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State or contact the Division of Corporations at 850-245-6050 to have the form mailed to you.

Complete the form by filling in all required information and have an officer of the corporation sign and date the form in all required locations. All information must be typed or printed legibly; incomplete forms or forms containing illegible information will be returned to the sender unprocessed.

Mail the Articles of Dissolution to the Division of Corporations at the address listed on the attached instructions, along with a check for the filing fee made payable to the Florida Department of State. As of 2010, the filing fee for Articles of Dissolution is $35.

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  • When filing Articles of Dissolution, you may request a certified copy of the Articles of Dissolution as well as an official Certificate of Status indicating the corporation’s status as dissolved. As of 2010, the fee for a certified copy of Articles of Dissolution or a Certificate of Status is $8.75.

    When dissolving a corporation in Florida, you must submit a Notice of Corporate Dissolution to alert any creditors who might have a claim against the corporation. The Notice of Corporate Dissolution form is included with the Articles of Dissolution and requires no additional filing fee if filed at the same time as the Articles of Dissolution. Filing a Notice of Corporate Dissolution separately from Articles of Dissolution carries an additional fee which, as of 2010, is $35.

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Mike Andrew has written business and legal articles for "850 Magazine" since 2008 and covers college football for several websites. Andrew is a freelance writer, attorney and music producer based in Florida. He received his Juris Doctor from Florida State University.

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