Resources for Starting and Maintaining a Business in Delaware

At CorpNet our mission is to help you start your business and help you keep it in compliance. To assist you in your entrepreneurial journey, we’ve collected answers to the most frequently asked questions small business owners have about starting and maintaining a business in the state of Delaware.

Our goal is to provide you with a one-stop solution for all of your business, payroll tax registrations, and compliance filings. And if we can help you along the way, our team of entity filings and compliance experts is just a call away.

Quick Facts for Starting a Delaware Business

Expedited Services Available: Yes
New Business Publishing Required: No
Private Registration Available: Yes

Registered Agent Required: Yes*
Annual Report Required: Yes
Franchise Tax Required: Yes

Gross Receipts Tax: .0945% to 1.9914%
State Income Tax: 8.7%
Unemployment Insurance: .01% – 5.4%

*DBAs do not require a registered agent in Delaware.

Delaware Business Entity Options

Business Entity Type State Registration Fees Applicable Form
General Partnership $200 Statement of Partnership Existence
Domestic Limited Partnership (LP) $200 Certificate of Limited Partnership
Domestic Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) $200 Statement of Qualification of Limited Liability Partnership
Domestic Stock Corporation $109 Certificate of Incorporation for Stock Corporation
Domestic Non-Stock Corporation $109 Certificate of Incorporation for Non-Stock Corporation
Close Corporation $109 Certificate of Incorporation for Close Corporation
Public Benefit Corporation $89 Certificate of Incorporation for a Public Benefit Corporation
Domestic Nonprofit $109 Certificate of Incorporation for Exempt Corporation
Foreign Corporation $245 Qualification of Foreign Corporation
Statutory Trust $500 Certificate of Statutory Trust
Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) $110 Certificate of Formation of a Limited Liability Company
Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC) $200 Certificate of Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Company

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Key Delaware Government Resources

Delaware Division of Corporations

John G. Townsend Bldg.
401 Federal Street, – Suite 4
Dover, DE 19901

Delaware Division of Revenue

540 South DuPont Highway
Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901

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A Guide for Starting a Business in the State of Delaware

Starting a business in Delaware has become popular with entrepreneurs looking to establish their companies in a state that has a business-friendly environment and a favorable tax structure.

Businesses don’t have to be located in or conduct business in the state to form an entity in Delaware. According to the website, more than 60% of Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware. But the organization in Delaware is not only for U.S. entities, companies around the world can take advantage of Delaware’s benefits.

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Need a Small Business Compliance Checklist?

Business compliance can slip through the cracks! As your existing business evolves, you are required to file notify the state of any changes. Many business owners lose sight of these requirements and fail to realize they haven’t met compliance requirements.

Use our compliance checklist to determine which business filings you need to perform to manage this year’s activities and changes.

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