To maintain a Delaware Corporation, Delaware LLC or Delaware LP, the State of Delaware has just a few requirements.
What happens if you don’t meet all these requirements? Well, hopefully it never comes to that, but if it does, here’s what will happen to the company.
If you don’t keep a Registered Agent active and pay your Delaware Franchise Tax annually, eventually your company will be marked void or administratively canceled by the Delaware Division of Corporations.
If your Delaware Registered Agent resigns, there is now nowhere for the Delaware Division of Corporations to forward official correspondence. Since this is a requirement, the company will then be marked void and go inactive. This is not to be confused with a formal closure.
What if you don’t pay your Delaware Franchise Tax or file your Annual Report? Again, hopefully you never miss a Franchise Tax payment or Annual Report filing for your company, but what if you do?
For starters, if you miss a Franchise Tax payment for your Delaware Corporation, LP or LLC or do not file the Annual Report for your Delaware Corporation, this will always be on the record with the Delaware Division of Corporations. It stays on the record, even if you pay all the past due Franchise Tax and/or file the reports and bring the company back into good standing. So if anyone were to research the company, a missed Franchise Tax payment is there on the company’s history. This may be unappealing to potential investors, lenders, etc.
Furthermore, if you don’t pay the Delaware Franchise Tax for your Delaware LLC or Delaware LP for three consecutive years, the State of Delaware will administratively cancel the LLC/LP.
The same goes for your Delaware Corporation. If you don’t pay the Delaware Franchise Tax and file the Annual Report for two straight years, the State of Delaware will administratively dissolve the Corporation.
If you have any questions about forming your new Delaware LLC, LP, or Corporation, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-345-2677 ext 6900 or Skype DelawareInc
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There is 1 comment left for What Happens when You Don’t Pay Your Franchise Tax?luis canelo said: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
With the point 3. File an Annual Report Delaware corporations only. You are required to report the principal place of business, names, titles, and addresses for ALL Directors, and the name, title and address for ONE Officer. The State of Delaware also requires the up-to-date figures for gross assets and issued shares. Do you do this as part of the Agent's responsibilities, and how can i be sure if i have been doing this the past years?HBS Staff replied: Friday, March 10, 2023
Yes all of this information is completed on the Annual Report and we offer a service to help assist you in filing the report with Delaware. Our team can look to see if you are up to date with filing the annual reports as we have a direct electronic connection with the State of Delaware.