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If your company was not incorporated in Maryland, but you wish to do business there, you need to register as a foreign entity with the state.
Known as Foreign Qualification, this process allows a company incorporated in Delaware or any other state to legally transact business in Maryland.
Please note: information on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, requirements and costs can be changed by states at any time and Harvard Business Services cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.
The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation requires different forms and fees depending on what type of entity you are operating.
Requirements for LLCs:
Requirements for Corporations:
You must also appoint and list a Maryland Registered Agent. The Registered Agent must be maintained at all times. Harvard Business Services can provide this service at a cost of just $99/year.
Harvard Business Services can assist with your application so you don’t have to deal with the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation directly. We do charge our own fee for this service, in addition to state fees. The exact fee can vary based upon whether your company is already filed and whether you need us to obtain additional documents to meet the state’s requirements. Please contact us for an exact quote.
The most common reasons to apply for Certificate of Authority if you plan to:
Keep in mind that even if the State of Maryland does not require a Certificate of Authority for a specific activity, a bank, vendor or another party can still require one in order to establish a relationship.
Once you have Foreign Qualification in Maryland, the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation requires all LLCs, Corporations (for-profit and non-profit), and LPs to submit an annual report. These reports must be filed by April 15th or late fees will be charged. The report can be filed online or mailed in.
The fee for LLCs, Corporations, an LPs to file an annual report is $300. This fee may increase based on your Maryland Business Personal Property Tax.
There is no fee for Nonprofit corporations to file their annual report, however nonprofit entities are still subjected to Maryland Business Personal Property tax.
Please note that this annual requirement is independent from requirements you may have in Delaware or other states.
Harvard can provide assistance throughout the life of your company. These custom services are the most popular with our clients: