In theory, you should pay the past-due amounts, plus interest and penalties, then dissolve the LLC.
However, every year countless people in your situation just walk away and never hear from the FTB, which lacks the staff to pursue matters that will not result in a large financial return for the State.
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I agree with Mr. Schultz and his realistic assessment. At the least, you should consider filing the necessary forms to dissolve the LLC. Here is the link for the necessary forms:
LLCs are subject to an annual tax of $800 if they are doing business in California, or the California Secretary of State accepts their articles of organization or a certificate of registration. The annual tax is paid for the privilege of doing business in California even if the LLC did no business in California. An LLC is not subject to the tax if it did no business in California and the taxable year was 15 days or less.
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