Letter from the President of Harvard Business Services
By Michael Bell
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Dear Harvard Clients,
First, I would like to thank each and every one of you for choosing us as your Delaware Registered Agent. I am writing this letter to keep you all informed of what Harvard Business Services as a company is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand this is a trying time for everyone in the world and we -- like everyone else -- hope this ends soon.
What have we done as a company? Over the last two weeks, our Information Technology (IT) team has expanded our company’s overall capacity to work remotely. If every single one of our team members must work from home, our company is able to continue to offer all products and services, and maintain the same high standards to which you are accustomed.
Are we in the office or working remotely? This week, we have asked all of our employees to work from home and everything should operate as normal with no delay in our ability to operate as a company. The only limitations you may see are from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in providing Tax ID Numbers (EIN) or courier shipments from USPS/UPS/FedEX/DHL, as they are receiving high volume requests from the Federal Government.
Will Harvard close its offices? No, we have been designated an essential service by the State of Delaware and we will keep our office open to accept Service of Process and handle client services and new formations. All of our services are available at this time and we expect to maintain the high level of service expected by all of our clients.
Are there any limitations with our website for submitting a New Company Formation or making annual payments for Franchise Taxes, Registered Agent fees, or Mail Forwarding fees? No. In fact, our website and Account Login are fully functional and accepting payments for everything. In addition, we are now offering you the convenience of forming new companies from your account in “My Control Desk” (MCD) including pre-filling your current address information automatically. This is the fastest way for you to form a new company. To form new companies this way, log in to your account, go to your Dashboard and then select Self Service and Form a new company. It’s just that easy.
What is the State of Delaware doing during this time? We have been informed that the State of Delaware is continuing to operate fully staffed from their offices as normal. They will not shut down.
Is LLC Franchise Tax still due by June 1? We have spoken with the Deputy Secretary of State for the Delaware Division of Corporations regarding Franchise Tax for Limited Liability Companies (LLC) and the deadline is still June 1, 2020. As of now, they are not considering extending that deadline. If your company is an LLC, the annual Delaware Franchise Tax is still due on or by June 1, 2020, as usual.
From my point of view, we have very few limitations at this time as a company, and we will continue to operate during this pandemic to service our clients. We hope that you and your families are staying safe, and we hope that this helps to provide you some relief during this trying time. If you have any questions we are here to assist.
Michael J. Bell
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Hasan Turkyilmaz said: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Thank you for this letter. Is this possible if we request for refund from State? Can we say them we cant operate in these times so give us a refund, so we can continue to operate?
HBS Staff replied: Monday, March 30, 2020
The state of Delaware typically does not offer refunds, but we would recommend contacting the Delaware Division of Corporations directly if you would like to request a refund.