CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office and an out-of-state service provider agreed to return fees to more than 2,000 businesses in West Virginia.

According to the offices, ANS Inc. failed to include required disclaimer language on thousands of solicitations mailed to businesses. The company was offered to file annual reports for a $100 fee, and many businesses were misled into thinking the forms and costs were provided by the state.

Secretary Mac Warner issued a cease and desist against the company, who engaged in negotiations regarding differences. ANS Inc. agreed to send full refunds and an updated form to every business that paid the filing fee but whose annual reports have yet to be filed.

The filing deadline is July 1, 2019.