Scam Alert for Colorado Businesses
Watch Out for "Corporate Controllers Unit"
Over the past few days, Colorado businesses have been receving a very official looking form from the “Corporate Controllers Unit”. The form cites Colorado statutes about the requirement to file an Annual Report and goes on to describe penalties and sanctions for failure to do so. The bottom half of the form lists information requested of the business and informs the business to submit an “Annual Fee of $225?.
This is nothing more than an unscrupulous attempt by a shadowy organization to rip-off Colorado business owners. The annual report cited in the form can be prepared online through the Secretary of State’s website. Preparation time is no more than two minutes and the filing fee is only $10. In fact, you would spend more time filling out the CCU form, writing a check and mailing the misleading form than it would for you to do the online filing with the Secretary of State!
We received the notice in the mail yesterday and recognized it as a scam. Since that time, 3 of our clients have called who received the same form. Quite simply, THROW IT AWAY!
Be sure to call us whenever you receive a tax notice or a suspicious looking form that requests money and/or information. We need to watch out for each other!