Fraud alert! Many clients have recently received a postcard in the mail from a Business Compliance Division. The return address is from Harrisburg and warns of a compliance violation regarding your business. When you call the number, you are told that you need a "certificate of existence" or "certificate of good standing" and the person on the line can obtain one for you for $100.
You do not need either of these things if you have your LLC papers. Business Compliance Division is not part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and this solicitation is a scam. If you have already given them your money, please call them and demand an immediate refund. Please also make a complaint with the Attorney General's office.
Sarah E. Holmes is a Philadelphia business attorney and strategist that helps start ups and established businesses looking to expand, protect their assets and increase their profits in an approachable, down-to-earth way.