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Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax–The Buzz! Part 2

 Annual Report & franchise tax, DelawareFiling your Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax via Snapshot™; Benefits and Tips!

In today’s Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax – The Buzz!, we would like to tell you the benefits and tips of using Incserv’s Snapshot™ Annual Report Filing Section. We may be a little biased, but we think you’ll find it to be pretty great as well!

  • No matter if you manage just one or multiple Delaware entities, all entities within your account will appear on screen for one-click Annual Report filing access.  Just click “Franchise Tax & Annual Reports” to get started.
  • Snapshot™ saves your previous year’s filing information, saving you the time of reentry! If nothing has changed, simply review and file.
  • View and download previous year Annual Reports filed through snapshot™, including the second page wherein Issued Shares and Gross Assets are listed (this information cannot be retrieved from the State as it is not public record.)
  • Snapshot™ charges a minimal fee for all this convenience of just $20 per report filing.
  • TIP! Use Google Chrome to access Snapshot™ and disable your pop-up blocker for our site.

Don’t have a Snapshot™ login?   You can visit this link anytime and place a request for a login.  During business hours, feel free to email us at radiv@incserv.com or call us and we will provide you with a login and password.

In addition to Annual Report filing, Snapshot™ provides you with a view of all of your account entities in one place including access to previously received Service of Process.  You can also place an order, view pending orders and pay invoices quickly and easily.  Watch for new features as we continue to upgrade your entity management experience!

Lucy Rose, Project Manager, Product Research and Development

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Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax–The Buzz! Part 1

Annual Report & franchise tax, DelawareDelaware is one of the jurisdictions which require annual report filings and franchise tax payments.  The deadline of March 1 is quickly approaching, so today, we decided to answer a few basic questions…

Where are the annual report & franchise tax notices sent? In Delaware, annual report and franchise tax notices are sent to the agent of record, also known as your registered agent. The registered agent is then responsible for passing the notice along to you. This is one of the major reasons it’s imperative to keep your registered agent up to date with the most current contact information for your entity.

How and when are the Delaware annual report & franchise tax notices sent?  Annual tax notices for domestic Delaware corporations have been sent either by e-mail or First Class Mail.  Incserv completed their mailings on 12/29/2017.  If you have not yet received your notice, please contact your registered agent.

How can I file my Delaware annual report? The State of Delaware Division of Corporations requires all Delaware annual reports for profit corporations be filed online. This can be done by visiting the Division of Corporation’s website at www.corp.delaware.gov or by utilizing a registered agent. When utilizing a registered agent, you can have the agent file for you or use their filing portal that is tied directly to the State’s system (ours is Snapshot™ – if you want to know more about it, click here).

Be sure to check back weekly or subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss out on the rest of the details. Next week we will continue the series and talk more about how to file using our Snapshot™ portal. Of course, if you have a question in the meantime, feel free to reach out to us. We are here to help!

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Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax – Help! Part Six

Today we close out our six-part Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax Series. If this happens to be the first blog you’re seeing in the series, click here to start from the beginning. We’ve covered the basics pertaining to filing a Delaware corporation annual report and paying Delaware franchise taxes. Now for a few of the “special case” scenarios…Delaware annual report

I understand the assumed par value method of Delaware franchise tax calculation, but what happens if a stock amendment was filed during the year? If an amendment changing your stock or par value was filed with the Delaware Division of Corporations during the year, issued shares and total gross assets within 30 days of the amendment must be given for each portion of the year during which each distinct authorized amount of capital stock or par value was in effect.  The tax is then prorated for each portion of the year dividing the number of days the stock/par value was in effect by 365 days (366 leap year), then multiplying this result by the tax calculated for that portion of the year.  The total tax for the year is the sum of all the prorated taxes for each portion of the year.

Is a Delaware corporation that is ending its existence or reinstating required to file an annual report or pay franchise taxes? Yes, when a Delaware corporation is ending their existence or reinstating to return the entity to good standing, the corporation is required by law to file an annual report and pay any and all franchise tax due. If you’re handling the process on your own, you will need to reach out to the Franchise Tax Section of the Delaware Division of Corporations prior to submitting your Renewal, Merger, Dissolution, Conversion or any other document filing that will end the existence or renew the status of your Delaware corporation in order to determine the final franchise tax fees and annual report filing requirements. If you’re working with a service provider, such as us, we can handle this part for you.

What happens if I miss the deadline for filing my corporation’s Delaware annual report and paying my Delaware franchise tax? A penalty fee will be added if the annual report is not filed by the due date. In addition, 1.5% interest is assessed and added to the total amount due. The 1.5% interest is calculated based only on the total franchise tax due and does not include the annual report fee and penalty. Interest is continually accrued on the 6th of each month until the franchise tax is paid or the entity goes into an inactive status.

What do I do if I made a mistake on my Delaware annual report filing? An amendment may be filed, but it must be filed before a subsequent report is filed. For example if you made a mistake on the 2016 report, the 2016 report must be amended before the 2017 report is filed. Otherwise the 2016 record will stand as is.

This wraps up our Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax Series. However, if you have any questions about or need assistance with filing a Delaware annual report or paying Delaware franchise tax, feel free to reach out to us. We’re here to help!

 

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Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax – Help! Part Five

Part Five of our Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax Series brings us to the assumed par value method for calculating Delaware franchise taxDelaware franchise tax. As we previously mentioned, franchise taxes are an annual fee paid to the State of Delaware Division of Corporations for your entity. There are two options for calculating the franchise tax amount due. There is the authorized shares method and the assumed par value method. Entities with a large number of shares carrying a low par value often times opt for the latter method of Delaware franchise tax calculation.

Per the Delaware Secretary of State Division of Corporations:
To use the assumed par value method to calculate Delaware franchise tax, “you must give figures for all issued shares (including treasury shares) and total gross assets in the spaces provided in your Annual Franchise Tax Report.  Total Gross Assets shall be those “total assets” reported on the U.S. Form 1120, Schedule L (Federal Return) relative to the company’s fiscal year ending the calendar year of the report.  The tax rate under this method is $350.00 per million or portion of a million.  If the assumed par value capital is less than $1,000,000, the tax is calculated by dividing the assumed par value capital by $1,000,000 then multiplying that result by $350.00.”

The example cited below is for a corporation having 1,000,000 shares of stock with a par value of $1.00 and 250,000 shares of stock with a par value of $5.00, gross assets of $1,000,000.00 and issued shares totaling 485,000.

  1. Divide your total gross assets by your total issued shares carrying to 6 decimal places.  The result is your “assumed par”.
    Example: $1,000,000 assets, 485,000 issued shares = $2.061856 assumed par.
  2. Multiply the assumed par by the number of authorized shares having a par value of less than the assumed par. Example: $2.061856 assumed par s 1,000,000 shares = $2,061,856.
  3. Multiply the number of authorized shares with a par value greater than the assumed par by their respective par value.
    Example: 250,000 shares s $5.00 par value = $1,250,000
  4. Add the results of #2 and #3 above.  The result is your assumed par value capital.
    Example:  $2,061,856 plus $1,250,000 = $3,311 956 assumed par value capital.
  5. Figure your tax by dividing the assumed par value capital, rounded up to the next million if it is over $1,000,000, by 1,000,000 and then multiply by $350.00.
    Example: 4 x $350.00 = $1,400.00
  6. The minimum tax for the Assumed Par Value Capital Method of calculation is $350.00.

Be sure to check back next week for the final blog in the Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax Series. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or need assistance with filing a Delaware annual report or paying Delaware franchise tax. We’re here to help!

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Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax – Help! Part Four

Today, in Part Four of our Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax Series, we start to break down Delaware franchise taxes. As weDelaware franchise tax previously mentioned, franchise taxes are an annual fee paid to the State of Delaware Division of Corporations for your entity. For corporations, the franchise tax fee is based on authorized shares, but for alternative entities, such as a limited liability company, the fee is a flat rate. Most Delaware entities are required to pay a franchise tax.  The Delaware franchise tax fee is in addition to the $50 state fee to file a Corporation Delaware annual report.

For entities using the authorized shares method of Delaware franchise tax calculation, the fees break down as follows:

  • $175 minimum tax for corporations with 5,000 shares or less.
  • $350 minimum tax for corporations with 5,001 -10,000 shares
  • Each additional 10,000 shares or portion thereof adds $75.00..
  • $200,000 maximum tax. (This is an increase from the previous maximum tax rate of $180,000.)

Examples:  A corporation with 10,005 shares authorized will pay $325.00. $250.00 + $75.00. A corporation with 100,000 shares authorized pays $925.00. $250.00 +  675.00 ($75.00 x 9)

Corporations that owe $5,000 or more in Delaware franchise taxes make estimated payments. The schedule for estimated franchise tax payments breaks down quarterly:

  • June 1st – 40% of total tax due
  • September 1st – 20% of total tax due
  • December 1st – 20% of total tax paid is due
  • March 1st – remainder of tax is due

Be sure to check back weekly or subscribe to the blog to follow along with the series. If you’re new to the Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax Series, click the hyperlink to start from the beginning. Next week we will cover the assumed par value method for calculating Delaware franchise taxes. As always, if you have a question in the meantime, feel free to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you out!

 

 

 

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Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax – Help! Part Three

Today, in Part Three of our Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax Series, we continue to delve into the specifics of completing a Delaware annual report. If you’re new to the Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax Series, click here to start at the beginning.

When completing the Delaware annual report for a domestic profit corporation, certain information is mandatory for all filers. Once filed, this information is considered public record, with the exception of the gross assets and issued shares.Delaware annual report

  • End of fiscal year date – For corporations not using the last day of the calendar year, the date will need to be updated to specify your corporation’s fiscal year end date.
  • Principal place of business address and phone number – This is the physical location of the principal place of business for the location. Delaware Law requires the city, town, street and number. A post office box address is not accepted. You may use an international address.
  • One officer – Only one officer is required, though additional officers may be added. The first and last name, title, and address of the officer are required. The officer authorizing the report must be listed.
  • All directors – The names and addresses of all the directors as of the filing date of the annual report must be listed. The only exception to this rule is for an initial Delaware annual report or a Delaware annual report being filed in conjunction with a dissolution pursuant to Section 274 or 275(c) of Title 8.
  • Signature line – The name, title, and address (no PO Boxes allowed) of the authorizing person must be listed.
  • Gross assets & issued shares – When filing a Delaware annual report for a corporation not considered minimum stock, calculation information is also required. This includes total gross assets and issued shares.

Be sure to check back weekly or subscribe to the blog to follow along with the series. Next week we will begin to break down Delaware franchise taxes. As always, if you have a question in the meantime, feel free to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you out!

 

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Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax – Help! Part Two

Last week we started off the Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax Series with the basics. If you missed the first blog, click here to get caught up. This week we’ll dig a little deeper into the Delaware annual report, as it pertains to profit corporations.

Where are the annual report & franchise tax notices sent? In Delaware, annual report and franchise tax notices are sent to the Delaware annual report agent of record, also known as your registered agent. The registered agent is then responsible for passing the notice along to you. This is one of the major reasons it’s imperative to keep your registered agent up to date with the most current contact information for your entity.

How and when are the Delaware annual report & franchise tax notices sent? In Delaware, the registered agent may send corporate annual report and franchise tax notices to you via email or regular mail. Notices usually begin going out to Delaware corporations at the end of December or beginning of January.

How can I file my Delaware annual report? The State of Delaware Division of Corporations requires all Delaware annual reports for profit corporations be filed online. This can be done by visiting the Division of Corporation’s website at www.corp.delaware.gov or by utilizing a registered agent. When utilizing a registered agent, you can have the agent file for you or use their filing portal that is tied directly to the State’s system (ours is Snapshot™ – if you want to know more about it, click here).

Be sure to check back weekly or subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss out on the rest of the details. Next week we will continue the series and talk more about the details of completing a Delaware annual report. Of course, if you have a question in the meantime, feel free to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you out!

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Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Tax – Help! Part One

Last week when we discussed Annual Report Services (click here to read that blog), we mentioned most jurisdictions have annual filing Delaware Annual Report & Franchise Taxand/or tax requirements. Delaware is one of those jurisdictions that requires annual report filings and franchise tax payments. Depending on the entity type, both may be required or just one…but, we’ll get into those details later.  Since Delaware also happens to be the jurisdiction we seem to get the most questions about, we decided to tackle the subject in a series of blogs. Today we’ll start by answering just a few basic questions…

What is a Delaware Annual Report? This is a document filed annually with the State of Delaware Division of Corporations detailing pertinent company details. Information such as the Principal Place of Business, Officer and Director details, and stock information are included on the annual report. The stock information provided helps to determine the annual franchise tax due. Not all entities are required to file an annual report.

What is franchise tax? Franchise taxes are an annual fee paid to the State of Delaware Division of Corporations for your entity. For corporations, the franchise tax fee is based on authorized shares. For alternative entities, such as LLCs, the fee is a flat rate. Most entities are required to pay a franchise tax.

What entity types file an annual report and/or pay franchise taxes? When are they due?

Entity Type Annual Report Franchise Tax Due Date
Domestic Corporations Yes Yes March 1st
Exempt Domestic Corporations Yes No March 1st
Domestic Limited Liability Companies No Yes June 1st
Domestic Limited Partnerships No Yes June 1st
Foreign Corporations Yes Yes June 30th
Foreign Limited Liability Companies No Yes June 1st
Foreign Limited Partnerships No Yes June 1st
Delaware Statutory Trusts No No N/A
As mentioned above, these are just the basics. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to discuss Delaware annual reports and franchise taxes in more detail. Be sure to check back weekly or subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss out! Of course, if you have a question in the meantime, feel free to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you out!

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Tell Me More About Annual Report Services

Annual Report Services are one of the truly invaluable ancillary services we offer our registered agent clients.

Most jurisdictions have annual filing and/or tax requirements. In order to stay in good annual report servicesstanding and maintain any legal protections your entity may provide, it’s important these obligations are fulfilled.

Why are Annual Report Services so invaluable?

For reasons we mentioned above, it’s important for your entity to remain active and in good standing. Failure to do so may result in penalty fees, a loss of good standing, and could ultimately find your entity involuntarily dissolved or its authority revoked. While it is usually possible to recover from these situations, it can be a major headache and the costs can really add up. So, why chance it? Annual Report Services are often compared to insurance, as they help insure you don’t miss these crucial deadlines.

To assist with remaining compliant, we offer two options for Annual Report Services:

Option One – Annual Report Monitoring Service (ARMS)

Annual Report Monitoring Service is a reminder service for those do-it-yourselfers who just want a friendly reminder when obligations are due for their entities. With ARMS, we will remind you 60 days ahead of the due date and again 30 days prior. When you get the reminder, you can either fulfill the obligation on your own or tell us you’d like us to handle it for you.

Option Two – Annual Report Filing Service (ARFS)

Annual Report Filing Service is an automated service for those of you who don’t want to worry about it. Think of it as the “auto-pay” feature for your credit card or electric bill. With ARFS, we proactively gather the information we will need to complete any annual filing requirements. When the due date(s) roll around, we prepare and file any reports and/or make annual payments, as well as send you proof of compliance and upload it to your Snapshot account (as available).

If you have any additional questions about or need assistance signing up for one of our Annual Report Services, feel free to reach out to us. We’re here to help make your life easier!

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What is a Registered Agent and Why Are They Important?

A registered agent is the company or person you designate to receive legal and tax notices for your company. Most jurisdictions legally require entitiesWhat is a registered agent and why are they important? such as corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) to list a company or individual physically located within the jurisdiction and available normal business hours to serve as this point of contact. Resident agent, statutory agent, and statutory representation are some of the additional titles a registered agent may go by.

So, why is a registered agent important? Well, aside from the legal requirement telling you that you have to have one (which in my book makes them kind of important), a registered agent helps you sustain your business by providing important documents and notices to keep you compliant in the jurisdictions you formed or qualified to do business in. Since these documents and notices usually require an action within a limited amount of time, it’s imperative your agent always has up-to-date contact information for you.

As mentioned earlier, the registered agent will receive and forward important legal and governmental documents and notices. In the case of legal documents such as Service of Process (SOP), you may have only a few days to respond to a summons. If your agent doesn’t have your current contact information, important response dates could be missed, resulting in significant legal repercussions. The same holds true for annual report and franchise tax notices. Invalid contact information may equate to a missed filing date and major headache, with late fees, penalties, and interest continually accruing.

Not only is keeping your registered agent up-to-date with current contact information for your entity important, but so is ensuring your annual registered agent fees are paid. Failure to maintain a registered agent may result in your agent resigning. When an agent resigns, the company is no longer considered to be in good standing with the jurisdiction and you risk losing the legal protections your entity may provide you. Returning to good standing with the jurisdiction then usually requires additional fees and may even involve filing new documents. So, why risk it?

If you have any questions or need assistance with Registered Agent Services, feel free to reach out to us. We’re always happy to help!