Resources for Starting and Maintaining a Business in Maine

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 Maine.

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 Maine Business

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

Registered Agent Required: Yes
Annual Report Required: Yes
Franchise Tax Required: No

State Sales Tax: 5.5%
State Income Tax: 3.5% – 8.93%
Unemployment Insurance: .22% – 5.69%

DBAs do not require a registered agent.

Maine Business Entity Options

Business Entity Type State Fees Applicable Form
Domestic Limited Partnership (LP) $175 Certificate of Limited Partnership (Form No. MLPA-6)
Domestic Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) $175 Certificate of Limited Liability Partnership (Form No. MLLP-6)
Limited Liability Company (LLC) $175 Certificate of Formation (Form No. MLLC-6)
Domestic Profit Corporation $145 Articles of Incorporation
(Form No. MBCA-6)
Domestic Professional Corporation $145 Articles of Incorporation (Form No. MBCA-6)
Domestic Nonprofit Corporation $40 Articles of Incorporation (Form No. MNPCA-6)
Foreign Corporation $250 Application For Authority to Do Business (Form No. MBCA-12)
Foreign Professional Corporation $250 Application For Authority to Do Business (Form No. MBCA-12)
Foreign Limited Partnership $250 Application For Certificate of Authority to Transact Business (Form No. MLPA-12)
Foreign Limited Liability Partnership $250 Application for Authority to Do Business Form No. MLLP-12
Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC) $250 Statement of Foreign Qualification to Conduct Activities (Form No. MLLC-12)
Cooperatives Varies Must contact Secretary of State

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Key Maine Government Resources

Maine Secretary of State
101 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0101

Maine Revenue Service
51 Commerce Dr.
Augusta, ME 04330

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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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