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Why would I need relief from contract voidability (RCV)?

Why would I need relief from contract voidability (RCV)?

A suspended or forfeited business entity loses the right to enforce its legal contracts. If a business enters a contract while suspended or forfeited, and then revives its active legal status, the business still cannot enforce that contract unless it gets relief from contract voidability (RCV).

Steps to get RCV when reviving your business: 
1. Determine the beginning period covered by RCV (the end period will be the date your business is revived).
2. Get an RCV application.
3. Call the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) so they can determine your RCV fee. 
 
Business entities inside the U.S. 888.635.0494 
Corporations outside the U.S. 916.845.7033 
Limited liability corporations outside the U.S. 916.845.7166 
Partnerships outside the U.S. 916.845.7165 

4.Mail the completed RCV application with the required fee.          

Steps to get RCV after reviving your business: 
1. Get an RCV application at FTB
2. Call FTB so we can determine your RCV fee. This fee is calculated based on all the tax years during which your business was suspended or forfeited. 
 
Business entities inside the U.S. 888.635.0494 
Corporations outside the U.S. 916.845.7033 
Limited liability corporations outside the U.S. 916.845.7166
Partnerships outside the U.S. 916.845.7165 

3.Mail the completed RCV application with the required fee to FTB.

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