Annual reports to the state are required for incorporated churches. The first annual report will be due by July 1 of the calendar year after the corporation is formed. This means that churches that incorporated in the calendar year 2021 will file their first annual report July 1, 2022; churches that incorporate in 2022 will file their first annual report July 1, 2023.
Information on annual reports can be found here. To go directly to the site to input the report on the WV One Stop Business Portal, click here. The Secretary of State no longer accepts paper copies of annual reports, so each church will need to set up an account through the portal. Once the account is established, the email used in the annual report will receive reminder notices each year ahead of the July 1 deadline. Churches that incorporated in 2021 should be receiving email reminders!
The annual report requests the following information:
Confirm the church’s address
Confirm the church’s agent for service of process
Provide the names and addresses of the officers (current at the time the report is filed)
Provide the names and addresses of the trustees/directors (current at the time the report is filed)