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Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=14-5-20&amp;title=14#" target="_newtab">14-5-20</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Automated Database.</B> As used herein, all references to the "automated database" shall mean the database maintained on the electronic data processing equipment provided to the Commissioner and supported by the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Certificate.</B> As used herein all references to "certificates" shall mean a form containing signatures of the Secretary of State and/or persons authorized by the Secretary of State, a date of filing and the printed or embossed seal of the State of Georgia. "Certificates" may also include the placing of a stamp on a document containing a time and date of filing and an acknowledgement of such filing. "Certificate" shall not mean share certificates or certificates which represent the shares of a corporation as provided for in O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=14-2-625&amp;title=14#" target="_newtab">14-2-625</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Certificate of Incorporation. </B>As used herein all references to "Certificate of Incorporation" means the certificate issued by the Secretary of State certifying that articles of incorporation have been filed with the Secretary of State pursuant to the Code.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Code.</B> As used herein, all citations to "the Code" or "Code" refer to the Georgia Business Corporation Code, Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code, Georgia Professional Corporation Act, Georgia Limited Liability Act, and other statutes set forth in Title 14 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, as amended.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Commissioner.</B> As used herein, all references to "the Commissioner" or "Commissioner" shall mean the Corporation Commissioner and Secretary of State of the State of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(10)">(10)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Corporate Service Organization.</B> As used herein a "corporate service organization" shall mean: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(10)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person or entity, a substantial part of whose business is: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(10)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Providing information concerning corporations to the public;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(10)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Providing ministerial services to corporations to assist them in meeting the filing requirements of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to such corporations; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(10)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Maintaining a commercial database available to the general public; and</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(10)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any other person or entity who shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Commissioner a need for direct access to the automated database.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(11)">(11)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Corporation.</B> As used herein the term "corporation" or "domestic corporation" shall mean a corporation for profit or nonprofit, which is not a foreign corporation, organized under or subject to the provisions of Chapter 2 or Chapter 3 of Title 14 of the Code.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(12)">(12)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Depository.</B> As used herein, all references to "depository" shall mean a person, individual, organization, corporation or other entity designated by the Commissioner to accept filings, funds or other documents on his behalf and to perform certain ministerial services for the Corporations Division.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(13)">(13)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Division.</B> As used herein all references to "Division" shall mean the Corporations Division of the Office of the Secretary of State which is the division that is delegated the authority by the Secretary of State to administer the provisions of the Code.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(14)">(14)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Entity</B>. As used herein, the term "entity" includes corporation and foreign corporation, nonprofit corporation and foreign nonprofit corporation, professional corporation and foreign professional corporation, limited partnership and foreign limited partnership; foreign limited liability partnership, and limited liability company and foreign limited liability company.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(15)">(15)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Expedited Review or Expedited Processing.</B> As used herein the term "expedited review" or "expedited processing" shall mean a special processing of eligible filings or service requests prior to the processing of routine filings or service requests. These filings or service requests, if approved for expedited treatment, will be processed within the time frame of the requested level of expedited service.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(16)">(16)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Fee Schedule.</B> As used herein the term "fee schedule" shall mean the schedule published and maintained by the Commissioner clearly setting forth the fees and charges for documents and services provided by the Commissioner and the Division. The fees may only be changed by an amendment to the Code. Service charges may only be changed by the posting by the Commissioner of such changes in the public access area of the Division offices for a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to such change being effective.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(17)">(17)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Foreign Corporation.</B> As used herein the term "foreign corporation" shall mean a corporation for profit or nonprofit organized under a law other than the law of the state of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(18)">(18)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Home State or Home Jurisdiction.</B> As used herein all references to a "home state" or "home jurisdiction" shall mean the state or country where a corporation has filed its articles of incorporation and has been issued a certificate of incorporation or such other document or acknowledgement evidencing the incorporation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(19)">(19)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Name Certificate.</B> As used herein the term "name certificate" shall mean the document or confirmation number issued by the Commissioner establishing the availability of a name for use by a corporation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(20)">(20)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Person.</B> As used herein all references to "person" includes an individual and entity as defined by the Code.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(21)">(21)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Pickup.</B> As used herein the term "pickup" shall mean a request by the applicant to pick up processed documents from the Office of the Secretary of State rather than having documents sent by United States mail, electronic mail, or other commercial delivery service.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(22)">(22)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Proposed Entity Name</B>. As used herein, the term "proposed entity name" shall mean: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(22)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name of an entity contained in articles of incorporation, articles of organization, certificate of limited partnership, application for certificate of authority, or an application for name reservation with the Secretary of State; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(22)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name of an entity contained in articles of amendment, restated articles of incorporation, restated articles of organization, certificate of amendment, articles or certificate of merger, articles or certificate of share exchange, certificate of conversion, application for reinstatement, application for reinstatement from inactive status, or application for amended certificate of authority submitted to the Secretary of State for filing, if that name is different than the existing name of the entity or foreign entity on file and of record with the Secretary of State.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(23)">(23)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Rule.</B> As used herein all references to "Rule" or "the Rules" shall mean the rules as they appear in the "Official Compilation, Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia" as compiled and printed by the Secretary of State pursuant to the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, O.C.G.A. §§ <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=50-13-1&amp;title=50&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">50-13-1</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(24)">(24)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Secretary of State.</B> As used herein all references to the "Secretary of State" shall mean the Secretary of State of the State of Georgia. The terms "Commissioner" and "Secretary of State" shall both refer to the Secretary of State of the State of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.01(25)">(25)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Sign or Signature.</B> As used herein all references to "Sign" or "Signature" includes any manual, facsimile, conformed, or electronic signature.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.02" name="590-7-1-.02" title="590-7-1-.02">Rule 590-7-1-.02 Delegation to Assistant Commissioner</a></h2> <P>The Assistant Corporation Commissioner, Deputy Secretary of State, (hereinafter referred to as the "Assistant Corporation Commissioner" or the "Deputy Secretary of State") is empowered to sign all documents, make all decisions and perform all acts under the Code as is the Corporation Commissioner. This power may be exercised by the Assistant Corporation Commissioner concurrently with the Corporation Commissioner and all acts of the Assistant Corporation Commissioner are of the same force and effect as such acts would be if performed by the Corporation Commissioner.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.03" name="590-7-1-.03" title="590-7-1-.03">Rule 590-7-1-.03 Administrative Declaratory Rulings; Informal Interpretations</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.03(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Declaratory Rulings. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.03(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Availability. Any person whose legal rights will be interfered with or impaired by the application by the Commissioner of any statutory provision or any rule or order of the Commissioner may petition the Commissioner and request a declaratory ruling therein. The Commissioner will not render advisory opinions, resolve questions which have become moot or are abstract, hypothetical, or otherwise act hereunder except with respect to such actual controversies or other cases upon which a superior court would be required to act under the Georgia declaratory judgment statutes as construed by the appellate courts of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.03(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Form of Petition. Each such petition shall be filed with the Commissioner in writing and shall state: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.03(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the name and mailing address of the petitioner;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.03(1)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the full text of the statute, rule, or order upon which a ruling is requested;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.03(1)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a paragraphed statement of all pertinent and existing facts necessary to a determination of the applicability of the quoted statute or rule;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.03(1)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the petitioner's contention, if any, as to the aforesaid applicability with citation of legal authorities, if any, which authorize, support, or require a decision in accordance therewith; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.03(1)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a statement setting forth in detail the petitioner's interest in the matter and why and how the petitioner is uncertain or insecure with respect to his rights. The petition shall be verified under oath by, or in proper behalf of, the petitioner.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.03(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Proceedings on Petition. If the Commissioner shall determine that a decision can be rendered on the face of the petition without further proceedings, he shall render a summary decision thereon. Otherwise, all parties known by the Commissioner to have a legal interest in the matter shall be notified and given an opportunity to be head in an informal hearing.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.03(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Informal Interpretations. Any request presented in any manner other than in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (1) above shall not be deemed to be filed as a petition for declaratory ruling and shall be dealt with in any manner that the Commissioner may deem appropriate.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.04" name="590-7-1-.04" title="590-7-1-.04">Rule 590-7-1-.04 Petition for Adoption of Rules</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Form of petition. Each petition for adoption of rules made pursuant to the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act shall be filed with the Commissioner in writing and shall state: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.04(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name and mailing address of the petitioner;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.04(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The full text of the rule requested to be amended or repealed, or the full text of the rule desired to be promulgated;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.04(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A paragraphed statement of the reasons such rule should be amended, repealed or promulgated, including a statement of all pertinent existing facts as to petitioner's interest in the matter; and;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.04(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Citations of legal authorities, if any, which authorize, support, or require the action requested by petitioner. The petition should be verified under oath by, or on behalf of, the petitioner.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Proceeding on petition. Upon receipt of the petition, the Commissioner shall decide upon the action to be taken. Within sixty (60) days after receipt of the petition, the Commissioner shall inform the petitioner by mail of the decision reached and shall either decline to take the action requested, stating his reasons for so declining, or shall initiate rule-making or rule-changing proceedings in accordance with the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.05" name="590-7-1-.05" title="590-7-1-.05">Rule 590-7-1-.05 Repealed</a></h2> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.06" name="590-7-1-.06" title="590-7-1-.06">Rule 590-7-1-.06 Records</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.06(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All applications, articles of incorporations, dissolutions, amendments, annual registrations, records, and other documents filed with the Commissioner pursuant to the various provisions of the Code shall be printed or typed on white paper with blue or black ink only, and said paper shall not exceed letter size measurements of 8 1/2" by 11".</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.06(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All applications, articles of incorporations, dissolutions, amendments, annual registrations, records, and other documents filed with the Commissioner pursuant to the various provisions of the Code may be maintained in original form or by means of microfilm, microfiche, microphotographic reproduction, photographic reproduction, word processing, computerization, optical disk, electronic disk or diskette storage or other acceptable reproductive methods.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.06(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commissioner, after verification of the corporate documents to the automated database maintained by the Commissioner, may rely on such automated database for the purpose of providing corporate information, certifications, and the issuance of corporate name certificates.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.06(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commissioner will maintain active records of corporate annual registrations for a period of five (5) years and will provide information from, and copies of, such annual registrations during such period. The Commissioner shall not provide information from or copies of annual registrations on file for more than five (5) years.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.06(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commissioner shall maintain the integrity of the automated database in accordance with standards prescribed by the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) and Georgia laws. In the event of a malfunction on the electronic equipment, or errors in the software programs, the Commissioner shall not be liable for the release of incorrect corporate data or the issuance of a corporate name certificate that is not distinguishable from another corporation filed pursuant to the Code.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.06(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any photographic, microphotographic, optical disk, or computer reproduction of any original writing or record filed with or maintained by the Commissioner or by a Records Depository approved by the Commissioner shall be deemed to have been made in the regular course of business. Such reproduction shall be subject to certification pursuant to the Code.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.07" name="590-7-1-.07" title="590-7-1-.07">Rule 590-7-1-.07 Repealed</a></h2> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.08" name="590-7-1-.08" title="590-7-1-.08">Rule 590-7-1-.08 Fees and Penalties</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.08(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every registration, renewal or other filing required pursuant to the Code or any Rule or Regulation promulgated thereunder shall be accompanied by the required fee, penalty fee or funds as required by the Code. All filing fees shall be immediately docketed into the automated database by the staff of the Commissioner. Docketing of the filing fees shall be for accounting and document control only and shall not constitute acceptance of the filing nor shall it imply that the applicant has met the filing requirements of the Code.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.08(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No registration, renewal, or other filing required pursuant to the Code or any Rule shall be considered officially received by the Commissioner unless said documents are accompanied by the required fee or funds. Said fee or funds shall be received by the Commissioner or by a person designated by him.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.08(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All filing fees and penalties assessed pursuant to the Code or the Rules and Regulations promulgated thereunder shall not be deemed to be paid unless payment is made in United States currency, certified funds, or until any check given for such fees or penalties has been paid by the financial institution upon which such check is drawn.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.08(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commissioner may determine the imposition of any penalty provided for by the Code or the Rules and Regulations promulgated thereunder.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.08(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commissioner shall publish a comprehensive list of filing fees, minimum service charges, service charges, penalties and other fees collected by the staff. Service charges may only be changed by the posting by the Commissioner of such changes in the public access area of the Division offices for a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to such changes being effective.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.08(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No filing will be accepted by the Secretary of State without the payment of any past due penalties assessed pursuant to the Code or the rules promulgated thereunder.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.08(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A profit foreign corporation which operates in this State without a certificate of authority or proper legal status shall be liable for all fees and penalties set out in Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=14-2-122&amp;title=14#" target="_newtab">14-2-122</a>. Such fees and penalties shall be assessed cumulatively for each year from the date business first commenced in this State.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.09" name="590-7-1-.09" title="590-7-1-.09">Rule 590-7-1-.09 Expedited Processing</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.09(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Counter pickups of documents and certificates shall not be allowed unless expedited processing is requested and approved.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.09(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Expedited processing of filings and the issuance of certificates will be provided if the applicant provides the Commissioner a request for expedited processing and the request is accompanied by the payment of charges listed in the fee schedule published and maintained by the Commissioner.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.09(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For filings submitted to the Division by mail, the expedited processing fee shall be paid by money order, certified check, or cashier's check. For filings hand-delivered to the Division, the expedited processing fee shall be paid by money order, certified check, or cashier's check, or by a credit card accepted by the Division. For filings electronically transmitted to the Division, the expedited processing fee shall be paid by a credit card accepted by the Division.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.09(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commissioner will provide expedited processing if he or she determines the request to be valid and in proper form. An expedited request will be considered to have been completed when the filing has been accepted or rejected for filing and supporting documentation has been forwarded to the filer.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.10" name="590-7-1-.10" title="590-7-1-.10">Rule 590-7-1-.10 Dishonored Payments</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Checks or other forms of payment returned to the Commissioner because of nonpayment shall be processed according to the following procedures: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Pending filings. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The corporation for which the filing was made shall be placed in "pending" status and the nonpayment of fees noted upon the records of the Secretary of State;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A notice demanding immediate payment shall be issued to the corporation or person who submitted the payment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If payment is not received within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of first notice of nonpayment, a notice of proposed abandonment may be issued as provided in Rule <a title="590-7-3-.06(3)" href="590-7-3-.06#590-7-3-.06(3)">590-7-3-.06(3)</a>. A copy of the first notice of nonpayment may be attached to any proposed abandonment notice and mailed to the filing person and the corporation; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the filing is deemed abandoned, all records pertaining to the filing will be destroyed and a new filing, including the payment of filing fees, shall be required. Any filing fees submitted with the new filing may be required to be paid by cash, cashier's check or United States Postal money order.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Completed Filings. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The records of the corporation maintained by the Secretary of State shall be marked to show the nonpayment of fees;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A notice demanding immediate payment and stating that possible grounds exist for administrative dissolution or revocation shall be issued to the corporation or person who submitted payment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If payment is not required within sixty (60) calendar days from the date of the first notice, written notice shall be issued stating the Commissioner's intent to dissolve or revoke the corporation and the grounds therefore. A copy of the first notice may be attached to the notice of intent to dissolve or revoke and mailed to the corporation at the last known address of its principal office or to the registered agent and to the person who submitted payment; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If payment is not received sixty (60) calendar days from the date of the second notice, the corporation shall be administratively dissolved or revoked in accordance with Title 14 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Annual Registration. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The corporation for which the annual registration was submitted shall be deemed to be not in good standing by the Secretary of State. The records shall be marked to show such status and to show nonpayment of fees due;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A notice demanding immediate payment and stating that possible grounds exist for administrative dissolution or revocation shall be issued to the person who submitted payment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If payment is not received within sixty (60) calendar days from the date of the first notice, written notice shall be issued stating the commissioner's intent to dissolve or revoke the corporation and the grounds therefore. A copy of the first notice may be attached to the notice of intent to dissolve or revoke and mailed to the corporation at the last known address of its principal office or to the registered agent and to the person who submitted payment; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If payment is not received sixty (60) calendar days from the date of the second notice, the corporation shall be administratively dissolved or revoked in accordance with Title 14 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Services. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The records of the Secretary of State for the corporation or person which requested the services shall be marked to reflect nonpayment for the services performed;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A notice demanding immediate payment shall be issued to the corporation or person who submitted payment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(1)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If payment is not received within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of first notice of nonpayment, a second notice will be issued to the corporation or person who requested the service. The notice shall state that if payment is not made immediately, all payments for services, fees and filings submitted by the corporation or person shall be required to be made by cash, cashiers check, or United States Postal money order.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Payments tendered for returned checks which are also dishonored shall be redeemed by cash, cashiers check or United States Postal money order only. Subsequent requests for services or subsequently submitted filings shall be accompanied by cash, cashier's check, or United States Postal money order.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commissioner may require the payment of any service charge or bad check charge allowed by law in addition to the amount owed as a result of any dishonored payment.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.10(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The records of the Secretary of State may be marked to show nonpayment status for any corporation or person that has submitted payment which has been dishonored. The issuance of a Certificate of Existence or a statement of good standing regarding the corporation may be denied by the Commissioner until full payment has been made.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.11" name="590-7-1-.11" title="590-7-1-.11">Rule 590-7-1-.11 Filing of Corporate Documents</a></h2> <P>Any corporation that files for voluntary dissolution, withdrawal, or merger out of existence between January 1 and April 1 of any year must file an annual registration for that calendar year and pay the required fees. Any corporate document or transaction that is filed after April 1 of a calendar year must be accompanied by any currently or previously due annual registration, including the initial annual registration required by law to be filed by newly formed corporations. A corporate filing made by a Georgia corporation within 90 days of its date of incorporation must have an initial annual registration on file, as required by the Code, before the corporate filing will be processed.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.12" name="590-7-1-.12" title="590-7-1-.12">Rule 590-7-1-.12 Nonprofit Corporation Filings</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.12(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All filings submitted by any domestic or foreign nonprofit corporation pursuant to the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code shall be received and processed in accordance with the procedures established by the Secretary of State regarding filings made pursuant to the Georgia Business Corporation Code unless the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code shall require otherwise.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.12(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any documents submitted for filing with the Secretary of State pursuant to the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code which require prior approval or notice of the corporate action to be given by the nonprofit corporation to the Attorney General or any other person may contain a statement that such prior notice or approval has been given. If such a statement is not included, the nonprofit corporation shall file a written statement with the Secretary of State which states whether or not prior notice or approval was required to be given under the Code and whether said notice or approval was in fact given.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.13" name="590-7-1-.13" title="590-7-1-.13">Rule 590-7-1-.13 Refunds</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.13(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Notwithstanding Rule <a title="590-7-1-.01" href="590-7-1-.01">590-7-1-.01</a>, and for purposes of this Rule only, an "applicant" shall mean the party who submits a written request for refund to the Commissioner and is the original payor, the proper legal entity of the original payor, or its legally authorized representative.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.13(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An applicant shall be refunded all fees in an amount which has been determined to have been paid in error, less deduction of an amount as otherwise provided in this Rule. Payment of any refund amount shall be made interest free. Each request shall be made in writing and submitted in a manner as required by the Commissioner and shall contain such information as the Commissioner may deem as reasonably necessary, which may include applicant's name, date of request, applicant's contact information, reason for refund, original amount paid and signature. All requests for refund must be made by the applicant or an authorized representative. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to provide all documentation supporting the request for refund.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.13(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For request for refund to be valid, it must be complete with all supporting documents and submitted within six (6) months of the date of the original payment. No request for refund that is incomplete with missing information or supporting documentation or that is made beyond the expiration of six (6) months following the date of the original payment shall be processed.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.13(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All completed refund requests shall be processed by the Commissioner, or his or her delegate, and shall be submitted for review and payment as soon as reasonably possible following receipt of the completed request. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Commissioner may initiate the refund process in the event that a billing error is discovered in absence of an applicant's request for refund.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.13(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon review of the request for refund and supporting documentation, the Commissioner may authorize payment of the requested amount, refund a lesser amount, or reject the request if the facts of the matter support such a conclusion.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.13(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In the event there is an outstanding balance of unpaid fees owed by the applicant, the Commissioner is authorized to offset any refund amounts as payment for such unpaid fees and any costs.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.13(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All refunds must be made payable in the name of the original applicant.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-7-1-.13(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Once a refund is paid to an applicant, the matter shall be considered final and the Commissioner shall not accept any new request for refund relating to the same matter.</td> </tr> </table> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.01" name="590-7-1-.01" title="590-7-1-.01">Rule 590-7-1-.01 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.02" name="590-7-1-.02" title="590-7-1-.02">Rule 590-7-1-.02 Delegation to Assistant Commissioner</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.03" name="590-7-1-.03" title="590-7-1-.03">Rule 590-7-1-.03 Administrative Declaratory Rulings; Informal Interpretations</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.04" name="590-7-1-.04" title="590-7-1-.04">Rule 590-7-1-.04 Petition for Adoption of Rules</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.05" name="590-7-1-.05" title="590-7-1-.05">Rule 590-7-1-.05 Repealed</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.06" name="590-7-1-.06" title="590-7-1-.06">Rule 590-7-1-.06 Records</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.07" name="590-7-1-.07" title="590-7-1-.07">Rule 590-7-1-.07 Repealed</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.08" name="590-7-1-.08" title="590-7-1-.08">Rule 590-7-1-.08 Fees and Penalties</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.09" name="590-7-1-.09" title="590-7-1-.09">Rule 590-7-1-.09 Expedited Processing</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.10" name="590-7-1-.10" title="590-7-1-.10">Rule 590-7-1-.10 Dishonored Payments</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.11" name="590-7-1-.11" title="590-7-1-.11">Rule 590-7-1-.11 Filing of Corporate Documents</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.12" name="590-7-1-.12" title="590-7-1-.12">Rule 590-7-1-.12 Nonprofit Corporation Filings</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-7-1-.13" name="590-7-1-.13" title="590-7-1-.13">Rule 590-7-1-.13 Refunds</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2018 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>