Action Items For Your Business As 2021 Ends 

Action Items For Your Business As 2021 Ends 

December 15, 2021
  1. Annual Returns Filing for Business Names, Companies and Non-profit Organizations

618 Bees provides this service as at when due or it can be subscribed for ahead of time. Annual Returns is a comprehensive report on a company’s activities throughout the preceding year and it is a way of making the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) aware that your company is still carrying on business. As the name implies, it is expected by the commission to be filed annually, as it gives information regarding any post incorporation changes that have been effected by the Company. It is thus very important and continuous failure to comply may be taken as an indication by the CAC that the company no longer carries on business and may therefore result in the company being struck off /delisted from the register of companies, while late filing attracts penalty.

  1. Annual General Meeting Minutes for Companies

Have you completed your company’s annual meeting minutes for the 2021 financial year?

This is important because in line with good corporate governance policies, companies must hold annual meetings and draft annual meeting minutes, it’s important to know if this requirement applies to your company.  You can contact our Call Center to speak to us about this.

  1. Starting a new business or quitting paid employment in January 2022?

If your plan is to leave paid employment to start your own thing or your plan is to add another business to your portfolio, then what better time to get the business registration process started than now?

618 Bees offers you the quickest way to get your company started, and we don’t stop there! 

  1. Closing a Business Before Year-End?

Closing a Business Name or company before 2022?  Closing or Winding Up a business is more than just the decision to shut it down and letting your vendors and clients know. 618 Bees can talk you through the required steps you must take to close your business the right way and remain compliant with the requirements of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).

  1. Business Name Change or Upgrade?

Despite your best efforts to choose the perfect name for your company, there may come a time when that name is no longer the best fit. Perhaps the business name no longer accurately reflects your brand or there are legal considerations at play. Regardless of the reasons to make a business name change, it’s a process that many entrepreneurs find confusing. The steps involved can vary depending on whether the business entity is registered as a Business Name or as a company.

You may also want an upgrade from a Business Name to a limited liability company(LLC) because of some anticipated expansion in the new year hence a Business Name registration will no longer serve your purpose. For this kind of change, it’s understandable that you want to retain your business goodwill by doing an upgrade to preserve the known name rather than register an entirely new entity. This can be a complex process for any business owner, as the process can be overwhelming but not to worry, as we are here to take the stress off you while to focus on scaling up your brand.

618 Bees can talk you through both the name change application and the application to upgrade from a Business Name to an LLC, while you work on the business.

  1. Sign up for a legal Retainer or for our bespoke company secretarial services in the newyear perhaps?

This will ensure that your legal needs are covered all year round. We offer three (3) different Retainer packages to suit particular business needs. With our retainer plans, your business legal needs are covered all year round on our priority list. Also, professional fees for most of our products/services can be purchased for less with a minimum payment for out of pocket expenses.

The end of the year is also the perfect time to get compliant and end the year in good legal standing whether its setting up a new business to commence operations in the new year, upgrading a Business Name to a company, registering your intellectual property rights for your business or making sure your compliance filings are all up to date. As you take time reflecting on the work done in 2021 and taking up one or two of the action items listed above, we have provided below a list of other filing and compliance processes 618 Bees can help with:

  • Business Licenses & Permits
  • Amendments, Modifications & Name Changes
  • Trademark Search and Filings
  • Copyright Filings
  • Patent and Design Filings
  • Corporate Amendments
  • Corporate Searches
  • Land/Property Searches
  • Certificates of Good Standing
  • Corporate and Personal Income Tax
  • Bookkeeping and Payroll services
  • Customized Bylaws & Resolutions
  • SON Registration
  • NAFDAC Registration
  • Resident Permit and Expatriate Quota
  • Contracts and Agreements Review
  • Contracts and Agreements Drafting
  • Acquisitions/Mergers
  • Pioneer Status Application (Tax Exemption)
  • Marriage License Applications

We hope you find this information helpful. Feel free to reach out to us via our dedicated Call Center lines; +2349017190079 (WhatsApp available) or 01-2803791 or by email via hello@618bees.com. We look forward to assisting you with all of your business filings and year-end compliance filings.

— Team 618 Bees

 

 

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