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Department of Finance: Division of Revenue

FRANCHISE TAXES

Corporations incorporated in Delaware but not conducting business in Delaware are not subject to corporate income tax, [30 Del.C, Section 1902(b)(6)] but do have to pay Franchise Tax administered by the Delaware Department of State.

Any corporation that is incorporated in Delaware (regardless of where you conduct business) must file an Annual Franchise Tax Report and pay Franchise Tax for the privilege of incorporating in Delaware.

Franchise Taxes and annual Reports are due no later than March 1st of each year.

An annual Franchise Tax Notification is mailed directly to the corporation's registered agent. Blank Franchise Tax Returns are not available. The Delaware Division of Corporations will require all Annual Franchise Tax Reports and alternative entity taxes to be filed electronically.

All corporations incorporated in the State of Delaware are required to file an Annual Report and to pay a franchise tax. Exempt domestic corporations do not pay a tax but must file an Annual Report. The Annual Report filing fee for all other domestic corporations is $50.00 plus taxes due upon filing of the Annual Report. Taxes and Annual Reports are to be received no later than March 1st of each year. The minimum tax is $75.00 for corporations using the Authorized Shares method and a minimum tax of $350.00 for corporations using the Assumed Par Value Capital Method. All corporations using either method will have a maximum tax of $180,000.00. Taxpayers owing $5,000.00 or more pay estimated taxes in quarterly installments with 40% due June 1, 20% due by September 1, 20% due by December 1, and the remainder due March 1. The penalty for not filing a completed Annual Report on or before March 1st is $125.00 Interest at 1.5% per month is applied to any unpaid tax balance.

Although Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies and General Partnerships formed in the State of Delaware do not file an Annual Report, they are required to pay an annual tax of $250.00. Taxes for these entities are due on or before June 1st of each year. Penalty for non-payment or late payment is $200.00. Interest accrues on the tax and penalty at the rate of 1.5% per month.

For more detailed information and an incorporating package, please contact:

By email: corp@delaware.gov

Or

The Delaware Department of State
Division of Corporations
PO Box 898, Dover, Delaware 19903
(302) 739-3073

Or website: www.corp.delaware.gov



Last Updated: Tuesday, 27-Mar-2012 13:51:14 EDT
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