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How to File and Pay Delaware’s Annual Tax

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How to File and Pay Delaware’s Annual Tax

How to File and Pay Delaware’s Annual Tax

If you have a limited liability company (LLC) in Delaware, you must file and pay an annual tax to keep your business in good standing. However, it’s a relatively painless process that can be done online. 

What Is an Annual Tax?

An annual tax is required of all LLCs, limited partnerships, and general partnerships in Delaware. Keeping up with annual taxes is a legal requirement that enables you to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing, which a bank or creditor might request to confirm your compliance. 

In Delaware, the following information is required when you pay your annual tax:

  • Business name
  • Entity number
  • Your name, billing information, and phone number

How to File and Pay Annual Tax in Delaware

To file and pay your annual tax in Delaware, visit the Division of Corporations website and enter your business entity number.


Select “pay tax” and enter the required information, including your billing information.

The tax is $300, and reports are due March 1. The penalty for late filing is $200.

If You Do Business in Other States

If you do business in other states, be sure to register in those states as a foreign LLC. For example, if your LLC is registered in Delaware and you start doing business in Florida, you’ll need to register in Florida as a foreign LLC.

You’re generally required to register as a foreign LLC if:

  • You have a physical presence of any kind in that state 
  • You have employees in that state
  • You regularly meet with clients, managers, or investors in that state
  • You are licensed to do business in that state

Once you’ve registered as a foreign LLC, your business will need to follow the annual reporting requirements of that state and pay taxes in that state. 

In Closing

Filing and paying the annual tax in Delaware is relatively easy and crucial to smooth business operations.

Failing to file an annual report can result in serious penalties, as can filing an inaccurate report.

Review all your business information and file your report on time to ensure your LLC remains in good standing.